Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom HaShoah 2017   Holocaust Remembrance Day Antonio Abramo Aiello, of blessed memory, was my father, an Italian from the south of Italy, an area often called the “toe” of the “boot.” Our ancestors were conversos who observed in secret as crypto-Jews. We trace our roots back 500 years to Inquisition times when the Jews… Read more »

Holocaust Memorial Day in Italy

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Zachor!  Memories of my first Holocaust Memorial Day in Italy   January 27, 1945 marks the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp where one million Jews were tortured, starved and murdered.. Sixty years later, in November 2005 the United Nations General Assembly resolved that January 27 should be observed as Holocaust Memorial Day.  A day… Read more »

Holocaust Lecture Series

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Holocaust Lecture Series

Thanks to the Hornstein Family’s 18 year sponsorship of their Holocaust Lecture Series, Rabbi Barbara was invited to Cincinnati, OH as the  guest lecturer for 2018.  Her visit included a “Hard Hat” tour of the soon-to-open Holocaust and Humanities Center, located in the beautifully restored Art Deco Cincinnati train station – the final stop for… Read more »

Rosh HaShanah di Ferramonti

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Rosh HaShanah ritorna al campo di concentramento italiano di Ferramonti Dove i prigionieri ebrei adoravano in una delle tre sinagoghe   La storia del campo di concentramento di Ferramonti è una storia di sopravvivenza ebraica grazie agli sforzi dei soldati italiani e dei poveri italiani che hanno lavorato insieme per salvare quasi 4.000 ebrei. Situato nel… Read more »

Rosh HaShanah in Ferramonti

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Rosh HaShanah Returns to Italy’s Ferramonti Concentration Camp where Jewish prisoners worshipped in one of three synagogues The story of the Ferramonti Concentration Camp is a story of Jewish survival thanks to the efforts of Italian soldiers and  local Italian villagers who worked together to save nearly 4,000 Jews in the dark days of World War… Read more »

Jewish New Year Preparation

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THE HEBREW MONTH OF ELUL FACTS, TIPS and ACTIONS to for the Jewish New Year Preparation     On the secular calendar it’s early September while on the Hebrew calendar a new month has begun.  It’s the month of Elul, the only month that does not feature a holiday, a feast day, a fast day… Read more »

Rosh HaShanah Seder

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Rosh HaShanah Seder

The Rosh HaShanah Seder – Who Knew?  As an Italian Jew I always knew my traditions were different from  my Ashkenazi friends whose families came from Central and Eastern Europe. So different that I still blush when I think of the time when  I included couscous at my Passover seder, much to the horror of… Read more »

Kol Nidre

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kol nidre

Yom  Kippur Begins with Kol Nidre (in English and Italian) “Kol Nidre,” These are  Aramaic words that begin a Jewish ritual that we Jews have done for 1,000 (one thousand) years.   Kol Nidre sono  le parole aramaiche con le quali comincia un ritulale ebraico che noi ebrei abbiamo fatto per  mille anni.   “Kol… Read more »

Sukkot

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Sukkot

Symbols of Sukkot The October Holiday That Binds Jews Together My daughter, Rosie called Purim, “Jewish Halloween,” and she called Sukkot, “Jewish camping.”  And building the sukkah, eating in it and sometimes even sleeping in it is really like that… a kind of camping.   The Torah asks us to remember and keep three holidays – Pesach,… Read more »