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  • In Krakow, Night of the Synagogues bolsters Jewish pride

    KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow’s historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite – or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night mini-festival aimed at bolstering Jewish pride and promoting Jewish awareness among the public. Each synagogue – from the Gothic Old Synagogue, now…

  • Italy grants $29 million to enable completion of national Jewish museum

    ROME (JTA) – Italy’s national Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah, or MEIS, under fitful development in the northeast city of Ferrara for more than a decade, has received a $29 million government grant in order to enable its completion. Italian Culture and Tourism Minister Dario Franceschini announced the grant Monday as part of…

  • Italian prosecutors: Suspects planned attacks on Israeli embassy, Vatican

    ROME (JTA) – Suspects arrested in northern Italy on terrorism charges wanted to strike the Vatican and the Israeli Embassy in Rome, prosecutors said. Police on Thursday arrested four people, all born in Morocco but long resident in Italy. They included a Moroccan-born Italian citizen identified as a kick-boxer named Abderrahim Moutahrrick, 24, and his…

  • Milan rabbi arrested in alleged domestic violence case

    ROME (JTA) — Police in Milan have arrested a rabbi for domestic violence after he allegedly hit and verbally abused one of his eight children. Police arrested the man, identified as 42-year-old M.E., a rabbi at the Chabad center at Piazza Castello, on Sunday night after being alerted by his wife, Italian media reported. The…

  • Venice Haggadah gets facelift for 500th anniversary

    ROME (JTA) –  The Beit Venezia Jewish culture center unveiled a series of 24 etchings created by eight international artists that will form part of a new, illustrated Venice Haggadah. The ceremony took place Sunday at the Venice Jewish Museum, where the prints will be exhibited until July 31 as part of initiatives kicked off at the end…

  • Italian Jewish umbrella group prepares 500 Passover packages for low-income Jews

    ROME (JTA) — The Italian Jewish community is making available low-cost Passover care packages to aid struggling families. In cooperation with several kosher food producers, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, is putting together 500 cartons containing seder fixings and other kosher-for-Passover products — among them matzah, wine, cold cuts and sweets. The packages will…

  • Venice marks 500th anniversary of 1st Jewish ghetto

    (JTA) – Venice has kicked off commemorations marking the 500th anniversary of the imposition of the world’s first official Jewish ghetto. Artists, scholars, musicians and actors, as well as Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will take part in an array of events lasting through the year. The gala opening ceremony for anniversary events…

  • First Babylonian Talmud in Italian publishing initial volume

    ROME (JTA) – The first Italian translation of the Babylonian Talmud will have its first completed volume published next week. The Rosh Hashanah tractate will be ceremonially presented to Italy’s president on April 5, five years from the start of the state-funded project. “Project Talmud” got under way in 2011 with an agreement signed by representatives…

  • Islamist group hacks into Venice Jewish community library website

    (JTA) – An Islamist hacker group hit the website of the Venice Jewish community’s library and archive and posted pro-Islamist and pro-Palestinian messages on its home page. Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, the director of the Renato Maestro Library and Archive, called the hacking incident Monday by the Tunisian Fallaga Team “in effect, a violent and targeted…

  • Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz

    ROME (JTA) — Pope Francis will visit Auschwitz during a trip to Poland in late July. According to a schedule released over the weekend, the pontiff will visit the former Nazi death camp on July 29 during a five-day visit to Poland to mark the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day. Main Youth Day events are to…