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Shavuot

Shavuot

Shavuot in the New Millennium or “Who Wrote the Book of Love?”   As we celebrate Shavuot this...

Italian Jewish Singers

Italian Jewish Singers

Dalida`  an Italian Jewish Singers- As a “Bat Anousim” she was “I nostri”  - “one of us.” Although...

Jewish Ritual Rescue

Jewish Ritual Rescue

Jewish Ritual Rescue   What Happens to Judaica When Our Kids Don’t Want It? Last year in a local...

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat

The Kabbalah and Tu B’Shevat – What  our mystics say about The Birthday of the Trees Back in...

Jews of the Emerald Isle

Jews of the Emerald Isle

Does Your Bubbe Come From Ireland? By Rabbi Barbara Aiello Characters:   Narrator - “Lepra-Cohen”...

Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila  Ten Fabulous Facts for Bubbyes and Zaydes to Share Hava Nagila, a melody that...

Purim Mitzvot

Purim Mitzvot

The Mitzvot of Purim - March 9 - 10, 2020 Special Activities to Celebrate the Holiday "anche in...

Reconstructing Judaism

Reconstructing Judaism

Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud in Calabria   Is Italy’s First Reconstructionist Synagogue...

Ferramonti

Ferramonti

Ferramonti Internment Camp The story of the Ferramonti Internment Camp is a story of Jewish...

Board Member Does Mitzvot

Board Member Does Mitzvot

Felicia Capozzoli –  Sinagoga Board Member and Advisor for Tikkun Olam and Youth Activities  put...

Italian Wedding

Italian Wedding

Planning Your Destination Wedding in Italy If you have chosen Bella Italia for your destination...

Political Sermons

Political Sermons

Political Sermons Can Destroy the Spirituality of the High Holy Days   “Everybody’s got...

Ice Cream and Jews

Ice Cream and Jews

Ice Cream’s Jewish Connection It’s the season to enjoy summertime’s favorite treat – ice cream....

Elvis Presley Was Jewish

Elvis Presley Was Jewish

He passed away 40 years ago on August 16, 1977. On the Hebrew calendar the date was the second day...

Betty Boop Jewish Roots

Betty Boop Jewish Roots

Today when grandparents share a video moment with grandchildren, it’s likely that the image on the...

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah – Facts About the Scroll   Simchat Torah is the festival that celebrates, our...

Back to School in Italy

Back to School in Italy

It’s back to school in Bella Italia with school bells ringing (literally) in Serrastretta, my tiny...

Tiny Travelling Torah

Tiny Travelling Torah

Bat Mitzvah of Chloe A. Montego Bay, Jamaica June 9, 2010 The Travelling Torah from which Chloe...

Elderly Isolation

Elderly Isolation

Elderly Isolation  It’s Bad for Mom But Worse for Dad “We’re so worried about Dad.”  That’s how...

Jewish Conversion Italy

Jewish Conversion Italy

It was Mazel Tov all around as eight conversion candidates assembled in southern Italy for Darshan...

Spiritual Bucket List

Spiritual Bucket List

The Spiritual Bucket List Well I made it another New Year,” Saul said.  “But will we make it to...

Lost Sicilian Jews

Lost Sicilian Jews

A Story of Lost Sicilian Jews She arrived on Sunday morning, having received an announcement of...

TorahNator

TorahNator

Thanks to the "TorahNator"  Seniors Access Shabbat Services   “I’m calling it the...

Traveling Torahs

Traveling Torahs

An Update on Italy’s Traveling Torahs Torah on a Train… Torah on a Plane… Torah on  a Boat… Torah...

Fourth of July For Jews

Fourth of July For Jews

The Fourth of July – a Yontif for Us Jews I am a first generation American. My Italian dad came...

Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Survivor

Ruth Mosko Handler – Jewish Mother, Creator of the Barbie Doll and Breast Cancer Survivor Whose...

Shul Katze (synagogue cat)

Shul Katze (synagogue cat)

From the Talmud to the Plague- Shul Katze (synagogue cat) The Cat’s Place In Jewish History! Rabbi...

Yarmulke Game

Yarmulke Game

The Yarmulke Game Aging Jewishly – What Our Traditions Teach Us about Growing Old   “Jill and...

4th of July for Jews

4th of July for Jews

4th of July – a Yontiff for us Jews   I am a first generation American. My Italian dad came...

Jewish Treasure

Jewish Treasure

Rabbi Barbara Finds a hidden Jewish Treasure in Rome This coming September 10 Patrizia and Alberto...

Get Out of Shul Free Card

Get Out of Shul Free Card

“Get Out of Shul Free” Card - A Shabbat Idea Whose Time Has Come:  Almost all of us have played...

Italian Graduation Day

Italian Graduation Day

Even by American standards Antonio Talarico is tall. Standing at well over six feet,  Italian-born...

Kipah Vacation

Kipah Vacation

It is springtime now and summer is coming. Vacations are on our minds and these are the days for...

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah includes “Tashlich” Throwing Sins Away   Back in the day, on one of the first...

Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance Compels a Pluralistic Approach to Synagogue Life   Sergio Della...

Rosh HaShanah Seder

Rosh HaShanah Seder

The Rosh HaShanah Seder – Who Knew?  As an Italian Jew I always knew my traditions were...

Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre

Yom  Kippur Begins with Kol Nidre (in English and Italian) “Kol Nidre,” These are  Aramaic words...

Sukkot

Sukkot

Symbols of Sukkot The October Holiday That Binds Jews Together My daughter, Rosie called Purim,...

Symbols of Sukkot

Symbols of Sukkot

The Symbols of Sukkot (Sept 23-30) How the Lulav and the Etrog Bind Jews Together When my daughter...

Chanukah lights

Chanukah lights

Our Chanukah lights are now a sweet memory but thanks to Rabbi Chaim (Brothers for Life- Achim...

Chanukah Dreidel Hides

Chanukah Dreidel Hides

In Sardinia a Chanukah Dreidel Hides in Plain Sight On the Italian island of Sardinia it wouldn’t...

Chanukah Spelling

Chanukah Spelling

OK, So How Do You Spell the Jewish Festival of Lights?   Chanukah is an unusual Jewish...

The Real Chanukah

The Real Chanukah

Will the Real Chanukah Please Stand Up! Several years ago Hadassah Magazine ran a story about...

Happy Secular New Year

Happy Secular New Year

"The Jewish Greeting for the Secular New Year" Throughout Israel, especially in Tel Aviv, the last...

Ancient Seder Traditions

Ancient Seder Traditions

Ancient Seder Traditions Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder? Originally, Passover night was a...

Seder Plate

Seder Plate

Let’s “Dish” About the Seder Plate! In ancient times our sages taught that in anticipation of the...

Seder Plate

Seder Plate

New Passover Traditions Arrise As We Celebrate the Changing Role of Jewish Women: Beginning in the...

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