is JTA’s senior European correspondent. Based in Rome, she travels and writes extensively on Jewish affairs in Italy, Central and Eastern Europe and other European countries. A former UPI reporter, she has also written for The New York Times and the Encyclopaedia Judaica. She is also the author of several books: Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe, Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to East-Central Europe and Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today.
March 31, 2013 9:23am
Pope Francis and Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni exchanged greetings to mark Passover and Easter.
March 24, 2013 4:26pm
Budapest authorities agreed to wait until after Passover to close down an alternative Jewish culture center.
March 24, 2013 12:04pm
Riccardo Pacifici, the president of the Rome Jewish community, compared comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo to Hitler.
March 21, 2013 6:39pm
Rabbi Pinchas Punturello will begin work in southern Italy and Sicily to reach out to the Bnei Anousim, the descendants of Jews forced to convert to Catholicism centuries ago.
March 20, 2013 7:25pm
Pope Francis told Jewish leaders that Catholics and Jews are “bound by a very special spiritual bond.”
March 19, 2013 3:07pm
Pope Francis acknowledged Jews during the open-air Mass that formally installed him as pontiff.
March 18, 2013 7:25pm
No stranger to the Jews, the new pope sent out early signs that Jews find encouraging.
March 17, 2013 8:26pm
Hungary recognized a Jewish sociologist, Andreas Kovacs, and two citizens accused of making anti-Semitic statements with prestigious national awards.
March 15, 2013 3:22pm
Pope Francis sent a personal message to Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, underscoring his desire to foster Catholic-Jewish relations.
March 13, 2013 7:41pm
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentinian cardinal who was elected pope and will take the name Francis, is said to have a good relationship with Argentinian Jews.