Rosh HaShanah

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Rosh HaShanah includes “Tashlich” Throwing Sins Away   Back in the day, on one of the first two days of Rosh HaShanah, Jews traditionally walked together to a stream, pond, lake, river, or even an ocean. The idea was to find a body of flowing water, preferably filled with swimming fish, so that we Jews… Read more »

Calabrian Bagpipes with Jewish Roots

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calabrian bagpipes

The Zampogna Calabrian Bagpipes with Jewish Roots Life in my tiny Calabrian village of Serrastretta offers a unique perspective on the ancient traditions of our mountain home. These traditions are our treasures and the sound of the zampogna is one of the most special. The zampogna (pronounced “zam-pone-ya”) is one of the world’s oldest musical instruments that… Read more »

Tu B’Shevat

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Tu B'Shevat

The Kabbalah and Tu B’Shevat – What  our mystics say about The Birthday of the Trees Back in the day when many of us went to Sunday School our teachers explained that the festival of Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birthday or the New Year for the trees. But did you know that Tu B’Shevat is… Read more »

Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

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An Italian Tu B’Shevat Celebration    Rabbi Barbara celebrates Tu B’Shevat with Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid.  As rabbinic advisor, Rabbi Barbara has brought brings special programs each year for 15 years to this vibrant Pluralistic group. This year Tu B’Shevat was an interfaith experience with several Italian groups represented among the guests. The program included… Read more »

Holocaust Remembrance

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Holocaust remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance Compels a Pluralistic Approach to Synagogue Life   Sergio Della Pergola, child of the Holocaust, was born in Trieste, Italy in 1942. He survived to become the leading authority in the demography and statistics related to the Jewish population worldwide. An international award winning scholar for his work in applying sociological principles to stark demographics,… Read more »

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 »