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Rabbi Barbara Aiello
|The Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria
(IjCCC) Offers Jewish Activities
Thanks to a generous grant from the Vuolo-Bernstein Family Foundation,
the IjCCC continues on its mission to offer Jewish cultural experiences to
Italians who live in the region of Calabria, here in the “foot of the boot.”
After successful Tu B’Shevat and Purim festivals that generated interest
from as far south as Palermo (Sicily) and as far north as Naples, our
spirits and our motivation soar!
As director of the IjCCC, Rabbi Barbara is dedicated to helping individuals
and families in Calabria who have Jewish roots to learn more about their
traditions and their history. Calabrian historian, Professor Vincenzo
Villella conducted a landmark study on the Jews of Calabria which
resulted in the publication of the only definitive book on the topic,
"The Judeca of Nicastro - The History of the Calabrian Jews"
(in Italian with English translation in CD format.) He and his team
determined that prior to the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in the 15th
century, nearly 50 percent of the population of Calabria had been Jewish.
This amazing finding led to the establishment of the IjCCC, an
organization dedicated to re-opening the doors of Jewish culture and
tradition in Calabria. From 2005 the IjCCC has organized and
participated in many important community and special Jewish events.
Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria