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Jewish Lectures & Presentations


Jewish Lectures, Presentations & Interviews 

As a speaker and presenter of Jewish lectures and presentations, Rabbi Barbara provides audiences worldwide with a lively, participatory and unforgettable learning experience.

Whether in person, or as a part of today’s virtual presentation world, audiences delight in Rabbi Barbara’s down-to-earth lectures and workshops where she incorporates photos, artifacts and family memorabilia to bring to life compelling stories, topics and current events.

Among her most popular presentations are:

  • The Story of Italian “B’nai Anusim,” – Italians Whose Ancestors Were Forced Into Christian Conversion
  • The Lost and Isolated Jews of Southern Italy
  • Ferramonti Concentration Camp – How Italian Soldiers and Local Villagers Saved Jews from Nazi Deportation
  • Jewish Views on the Afterlife
  • The Joys and Challenges of Parenting and Grandparenting Jewish Interfaith Children
  • “Everything Old is New Again” – Anti-semitism On the Rise in Europe
  • Pluralistic Judaism – How to Blur Denominational Lines To Revive Jewish Participation and Save Our Synagogues

Dear Rabbi Barbara:

Bringing you in as a Scholar-in-Residence was the best programming we have offered our members and the outside community in….forever! You’re a born and gifted storyteller, and whether offering a d’var torah to our members, educating our religious school classes, keynoting a large gathering of members and guests, or visiting and speaking to an area senior community, your presentations were on-target, engaging and fascinating. We particularly enjoyed your talks on “The Hidden Jews of Sicily and Calabria” and “How Italians Saved Jews During World War II.” Your knowledge base is immense, and participants in the weekend are still buzzing about all they learned from you. Thank you for all your hard work in making our Scholar-in-Residence weekend such a wonderful success!

~Ellen Morton Executive Director McHenry County (IL) Jewish Congregation (November 2015)

In addition, Rabbi Barbara was invited by Washington, DC’s National Press Club to share her work in Italy as the country’s first and only woman rabbi.

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