Teachers in Genoa get training on Judaism
By Pagine Ebraiche staff*
Jewish community of Genoa, in collaboration with the Union of the
Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), has organized a training course for
teachers, which is taking place between October 3 and December 10.
The course is aimed at providing teachers with both basic and in-depth
knowledge of Jewish history and Judaism’s complex structure.
“This initiative started off with some Genoese teachers who showed
interest in gaining further knowledge on Jewish history and traditions,
which they could then make use of when dealing with the Remembrance of
the Holocaust with their students. It is quite significant that the
teachers themselves asked for such a training course,” highlighted Saul
Meghnagi, project coordinator for UCEI, pedagogist, and former
President of Istituto superiore per la Formazione of Rome.
“This training course represents an opportunity to start focusing more
on Judaism rather than on the Holocaust, which is only a small part of
our millenary history”, Meghnagi explained.
by Sara Facelli and revised by Claudia Azzalini, both students at the
Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreting and Translation of
Trieste University and interns at the newspaper office of the Union of
the Italian Jewish Communities.
Israel Ambassador Eydar presents credentials to Italian President Mattarella
By Pagine Ebraiche staff
Eydar, the new Israel Ambassador to Italy, presented his credentials to
the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella during a ceremony at the
Quirinal Palace on September 25. “President Mattarella welcomed me
warmly and talked to me longer than usual, especially about the
Holocaust and the fight against tyrannies”, the new ambassador posted
on his social media in Hebrew.
“I spoke to him about the ceremony earlier that day (the awarding of
the medals of “Righteous Among the Nations” to families Cencelli and
Gessini, Editor’s Note) and about the conference on
cyber-technologies,” he further wrote.
Picture by Francesco Ammendola – Office for Press and Communication of the Presidency of the Italian Republic)
Translated by Claudia Azzalini and revised by Sara Facelli, students at
the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreting and
Translation of Trieste University and interns at the newspaper office
of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.
Cencelli and Gessini families honored
as Righteous Among the Nations
By Daniel Reichel*
In the darkest years of the Holocaust, some men and women went
against the tide “acting in order to save the lives of some Jews, to
preserve the Eternal People, to sustain the hope for a better world in
which tyranny would be defeated. They helped us maintain trust in the
human good,” Dror Eydar, Ambassador Designate of Israel to Italy,
said during the ceremony awarding the medals of “Righteous Among the
Nations” to the families Cencelli and Gessini.
Armando and Luisa Cencelli, Ludovico Gessini and his daughter Iole “not
only saved the Terracina family, but they also risked their life doing
*Translated by Mattia Stefani and
revised by Sara Facelli, both students at the Advanced School of Modern
Languages for Interpreting and Translation of Trieste University and
interns at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish
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Symbols on walls
By David Bidussa*
We have recently come back to debate the issue of religious symbols on classrooms’ walls.
Once it has been decided that those walls should not remain empty,
which symbol should be used? It depends on whether the symbol that is
proposed has a design function (it talks about what we would like for
tomorrow) or a descriptive one (who we are).
*David Bidussa is a historian of social ideas.
Chef Steve Samson seeks to preserve
By Evan Kleiman*
the Jewish-Italian kitchen
more than 2000 years, Jewish families have made their homes in Italy.
Though Jewish contributions to Italian cuisine are perhaps not widely
known or understood, Los Angeles chef Steve Samson hopes to change
On the first night of Rosh Hashanah this Sunday, his restaurant
Rossoblu in downtown’s Fashion District will begin serving a Cucina
Ebraica menu for the high holidays, inspired by the traditions of the
Samson himself is a product of an Italian-Jewish coupling. His mother’s
family hails from Bologna, and his father is Jewish with Eastern
European, or Ashkenazi, roots.
*The article was published in KCRW on Setember 27, 2019.
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