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  • Vatican, Rome Jewish museums collaborate on menorah exhibition

    (JTA) – The Vatican Museum and the Rome Jewish Museum will hold an unprecedented joint exhibition celebrating the menorah, the candelabra that is among the most ancient and enduring symbols of Judaism. Titled “Menorah: Cult, History and Myth,” the exhibit, which took 3 1/2 years to develop, will run May 15-July 23. Some 130 paintings,…

  • State of the art Jewish museum to open outside a former shtetl in Lithuania

    (JTA) – The architects of Warsaw’s award-winning POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews will design a state of the art Jewish museum outside a former shtetl in Lithuania. The museum, slated to open in 2019, will be part of the Lost Shtetl memorial complex inaugurated in 2015 in and around the small town…

  • Italian judge: Soccer chants about Jews not hate speech

    ROME (JTA) – An Italian judge ruled that soccer fans chanting a slogan featuring the word “Jews” was not hate speech, sparking an angry response from the Jewish community. In a letter to Italy’s justice minister, Andrea Orlando, the president of the Rome Jewish community, Ruth Dureghello called the ruling earlier this month “undoubtedly an…

  • Milan marchers protest vandalism of ‘stumbling stone’ Holocaust memorial

    ROME (JTA) – A large crowd marched through central Milan as a human chain to protest the defacement of a recently placed “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorial. The marchers Saturday, estimated in the thousands, included Milan’s mayor and Italy’s justice minister. Organized largely on social media, the march led from the Stumbling Stone commemorating Jewish Holocaust…

  • Pope Francis calls for Holocaust remembrance, so ‘human tragedy never happens again’

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis said it is important to remember the Holocaust so it never happens again. The pope met Friday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a delegation from the European Jewish Congress. The secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Father Norbert Hofmann, who also attended the meeting, told Vatican…

  • Vandals deface new Milan ‘stumbling stone’ Holocaust memorial

    ROME (JTA) – Vandals defaced one of the “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorials unveiled last week in Milan, covering it with black paint. The vandalism was discovered Saturday by Ornella Coen, the daughter of Dante Coen, the person commemorated by the plaque, who was deported to Auschwitz and then killed at Buchenwald on April 4, 1945. “Stumbling stones,”…

  • Hundreds of runners mark Holocaust in race past Rome Jewish sites

    ROME (JTA) – Hundreds of participants in a road race through downtown Rome commemorated the Holocaust while looking to the future. Dubbed the “Run for Mem,” Sunday’s race was among an array of events on and around International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. The noncompetitive race was organized…

  • Rome road race to commemorate the Holocaust

    ROME (JTA) – A road race passing sites of Holocaust and Jewish remembrance in Rome will highlight events in Italy marking International Holocaust Memorial Day. The “Run for Mem” — short for Run for Remembrance: Looking Ahead — is scheduled for Jan. 22, five days before the observance of International Holocaust Memorial Day marking the anniversary…

  • Milan counter-demonstrators protest ultra-rightwing rally

    ROME (JTA) – Hundreds of people took part in a counter-demonstration in central Milan to protest an ultra-right-wing rally held in another downtown location. The two demonstrations Saturday took place about two miles apart, and no incidents were reported. Local media said the counter-demonstrators greatly outnumbered those at the far-right rally organized by the Forza Nuova movement….

  • Pope Francis and Abbas in Vatican meeting call for direct Israel-Palestinian talks

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican called for renewed direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas warned against moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that President-elect Donald Trump has said he intends to make without offering a specific timetable. “If…