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August 11th, 2014 - Av 15th, 5774

"Everybody Wants Peace"
by Guido Vitale*

A very large enthusiastic audience greeted the great Israeli director Eran Riklis on the Piazza Grande in Locarno for the premiere of Dancing Arabs, his latest work. "I want - he said - to make a very simple statement: everybody wants peace. Everybody."

*Guido Vitale is the editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche.
Italian Word of the Week:
By Daniela Gross

In some way the word of the week is strange. The Italian word “giornata” can only be translated as “day”. But “giornata” has a nuance and perhaps this is the reason that most non Italian speakers find it difficult when they learn the language. When you talk about a "giornata", as we do in this issue, we mean the entire day: the period going from the morning to the evening, referring to all the things which happened in that time and to all the activities you did during the day. Thus, we say that we spend a “giornata” going to the sea or working or preparing meals and in another way we spell “Giornata” (with the G capitalized) for big public events.
There is no doubt that the “Giornata europea della cultura ebraica”, the “European Day of Jewish Culture” we present in this issue, is a an important event. This is the day in which European Jewry opens its' doors to the public at large, to share with it its historical and artistic patrimony, provide dialogues and offer ideas to the public debate.
It is a central moment for a Jewish Community that across the centuries has experienced serious persecutions, marginalization and segregation. We hope this edition will also be more meaningful considering the wave of anti-Semitism sweeping through Europe at the moment. Jewish European Culture day which is planned to be held on September 14th, could be defined as a real “Giornata” also because it is full of activities: there are exhibitions, concerts, performances, visits to the synagogues and to Jewish places… In Italy it is an event that mobilizes the entire Community and it is really a beautiful day for us all to live together.
"Anti-Semitic Posters Insult
All the Citizens of Rome"

By Daniela Gross

“Boycott the Jewish merchants of Rome”. This invitation appeared in some areas of the city on a series of posters pinned on the walls of buildings. The billboard, completely illegal and signed by a group of extreme right, invited to help the Palestinian people boycotting every kind of product from Israel and every Jewish shopkeeper. To better orient the reader, a list of almost 50 shops was provided: an enumeration that recalls those horrible lists of proscription compiled during the fascist and Nazi persecutions.
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"A Warning against
All Preachers of Hate"

By Adam Smulevich
“I ordered his immediate expulsion due to a serious disturbance of public order, danger to national security and religious discrimination”, said Angelino Alfano, the Italian Minister of Interior.
Alfano reacted firmly after seeing the footage on the internet of a clearly anti-Semitic sermon delivered by the Imam of San Donà di Piave, an Italian town located a little over 30 kilometers from Venice.

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Getting Ready for the European Day of Jewish Culture
By Simone Somekh*

As the new Jewish year slowly gets closer, the Jewish communities in Italy prepare to kick off the fall calendar with a relatively recent tradition – the European Day of Jewish Culture.
The international festival, which is reaching its 15th edition this year, is set to take place on Sunday, September 14th 2014, in 30 European countries. Only in Italy, it is going to be celebrated in 77 different locations. The event was given a theme, “Women in Judaism”, which was readapted with the Latin term “Donna Sapiens” for the Italian public.

*Simone Somekh is a student at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and writes as a freelance for the Jewish Italian press.
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Arab Dancers Premiers
at Locarno Film Festival

By Daniela Gross
It was supposed to preview at the Jerusalem Film Festival, in the mid-July. But the war’s escalation persuaded the organization to postpone and finally to cancel the projection.
So, “Arab Dancers”, the latest movie by Eran Riklis - the Israeli director already known and appreciated for “The Syrian Bride” (2004), “Lemon Tree” (2008) and “The Human Resources Director” (2010)  had its' international premiere at Locarno instead. Here, in this Swiss-Italian town which has became the world capital of auteur cinema, every summer thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet to share their discoveries and their passion for the cinema thanks to a quality program able to mix diverse genres and showcase new talent.
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Dancing for Peace, Five Questions to Eran Riklis
By Massimo Benvegnù*

Eran Riklis, your latest film arrives here in a crucial moment when the eyes of the World are pointing to Israel.
I want to make a very simple statement – everybody wants peace. Everybody. Even the prime minister wants it. Everybody living in the Middle East right now, the Jews, the Arabs, the Palestinians, and not just the people of Israel but also of all the other countries of that part of the World which have been affected by conflicts. In Arabic there is a word that expresses this concept – khalas. Enough, basta.

*Massimo Benvegnù is an Italian journalist and film critic.

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World War I and Italian Jews
By Rossella Tercatin
Summer 2014 has marked the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War. This anniversary has been celebrated all over the world with multiple events, but also with cultural initiatives and reflections on the role of the conflict in shaping the history of the twentieth century.
Italy entered the war shortly after the outbreak, in May 1915, and most of the initiatives in Italy will therefore take place in spring 2015. Among them will be a major exhibition on the Italian Jewish world during the First World War, organized by the Fondazione Centro di documentazione ebraica contemporanea (Center of Jewish Contemporary Documentation Foundation, or CDEC) based in Milan.

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La sinagoga de París

Francesco Moises Bassano

La sinagoga de París asediada brutalmente durante una de las ultimas manifestaciones pro-palestina, es el templo de rue de la Roquette (en el XIe arrondissement de París), conocido con el nombre del filosofo Don Isaac Abravanel. En este barrio a principios del siglo XX se establecieron muchos judíos de Turquía y de Salónica, los cuales en 1913 fundaron una sinagoga bajo el nombre de Al Syete en la cercana rue Popincourt, y instituyeron la Asociación Cultural Séfaradite.

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United for Israel

By Anna Momigliano*

I’ve never seen Italy’s Jewish community as united as during Operation Protective Edge.
This highly diverse and tiny community, composed of secular and Orthodox, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, conservatives and progressives, natives and immigrants, for once seemed to have found a common voice. Almost everyone, albeit with different nuances, seemed to support Israel’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza. While it is certainly positive to see such a complex community speaking with one voice, one has to wonder what the reasons are behind such a united front.

*Anna Momigliano is an Italian journalist currently based in Milan

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