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  • 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…

  • Mysterious Italian author Elena Ferrante could be widow of Jewish artist and doctor

    (JTA) – A mysterious Italian author who writes under the pen name Elena Ferrante could be the widow of a Jewish artist and doctor. The Italian novelist Marco Santagata made the suggestion in a lengthy article published over the weekend in the literary supplement of the daily Corriere della Sera. Santagata wrote that Ferrante –…

  • Italian singer who won fame with Auschwitz song to visit former death camp

    .textad {display: none!important;} (JTA) – Award-winning Italian singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini is making his first trip to Auschwitz 50 years after he gained fame in Italy with a popular song about the former Nazi death camp. Guccini, 75, one of the best-known Italian singer-songwriters of his generation, will be accompanying a so-called Memory Train Holocaust educational…

  • Italian Torah scroll identified as oldest still in use by a Jewish community

    (JTA) – A Torah scroll from the synagogue in the northern Italian town of Biella has been identified as probably the oldest in the world still owned and used by a Jewish community. Dario Disegni, the president of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Italy, told a meeting of the foundation board…

  • Young soccer fans accost Jewish-Italian sportscaster in London

    ROME (JTA) – An Italian-Jewish sportscaster said he was accosted by a group of youths after their team lost a key match in London. In a blog post David Guetta, known as the radio voice of the Florence soccer team Fiorentina, reported that about 20 youths had accosted him Thursday night as he waited for an underground…

  • Italy releases classified documents related to Nazi war crimes

    The documents were declassified from a parliamentary commission that had investigated the concealment of files related to these crimes.