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Bar Mitzvah, legacy and life of Piedmontese Jews

Joy and emotion in the suggestive synagogue of Biella Piazzo for Tuvia Cattaneo Treves’s Bar Mitzvah. On those benches, witnesses of his maternal ancestors’ prayers, the miracle of life and the continuity of the glorious, however small, Jewish communities in …

Joy and hope in the ancient
synagogue of Pisa

A bar mitzvah had not been celebrated in Pisa for some years now. The ancient Jewish community has returned to celebrate one in May, with the reading in the synagogue of the first call of the Parashah of Chukkàt by …

Ronald Lauder re-elected as president

With antisemitism on the rise in the United States and globally, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) concluded last week its quadrennial gathering addressing key issues affecting Jewish communities and setting policy for the years ahead. During its final convening the …

Let’s celebrate Passover in solidarity

From matzos to wine, from donuts to Parmigiano Reggiano. Over 250 food packages are being distributed throughout Jewish Italy to help less well to do families celebrate the upcoming Pesach holiday. The effort is coordinated by Jacqueline Fellus, the Union …

A colorful Haggadah answers your questions

Chag hamatzot (feast of unleavened bread), zeman cherutenu (feast of freedom), chag aviv (feast of spring). These are the names by which Pesach is known, but what is the difference between these meanings? An answer can be found in the …

The new Venice Haggadah is ready

For centuries Venice was the capital of Jewish publishing, with the first complete Talmud, Torah commentaries, mysticism and, in 1609, a famous Haggadah in several languages. In 2015, marking the Ghetto quincentennial, Beit Venezia – A home for Jewish culture …