Rosh HaShanah Returns to Italy’s Ferramonti Concentration Camp where Jewish prisoners worshipped in one of three synagogues
The story of the Ferramonti Concentration Camp is a story of Jewish survival thanks to the efforts of Italian soldiers and local Italian villagers who worked together to save nearly 4,000 Jews in the dark days of World War II.
Located in southern Italy, in the province of Cosenza on the Calabria border, Ferramonti was a camp like none other. Families stayed together sleeping on individual cots with clean sheets. Parents sent their children to “cheder,” (Jewish school) where they learned Hebrew and practiced Jewish traditions.
In fact, amazingly within the camp itself there were three synagogues – Reform, Orthodox and one organized by the Zionist Betar group.
Certainly, Ferramonti was created as a holding facility where Jewish men, women and children were forced to live as prisoners, but in the face of the loss of freedom, the conditions in the camp attest to the humanity and compassion of the Italians who did all they could to help the Jewish internees maintain Jewish family life.
In honor of the role that righteous Italians played in saving the lives of thousands of Jews, Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy’s first woman rabbi, will offer a Rosh HaShanah experience in the camp itself. “This year marks 75 years since the last Rosh HaShanah service was held in one of the camp’s three synagogue,” says Rabbi Barbara, who will bring a service, “Shofar and Song” to the camp.
Join Rabbi Barbara and congregants from Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, Calabria’s first active synagogue in 500 years since Inquisition times, to hear the shofar and the traditional music that marks the Jewish High Holy Day season.
SPECIAL ROSH HASHANAH EXPERIENCE AT THE FERRAMONTI CAMP – “SHOFAR AND SONG,” – Saturday, October 5, 2019, 5- 7 pm – All are welcome as we honor the three synagogues in the Ferramonti Concentration Camp where Jews were able to observe Shabbat and holidays and the Italians who honored the traditions of the Jewish internees. For information and registration email: Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Services with Rabbi Barbara in Calabria:
Join Rabbi Barbara for High Holy Days in Southern Italy – in the beautiful mountains of Calabria. We offer several Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur experiences in three different venues so that more of our members and friends can share the joy of the High Holy Days with us. Shanah Tovah for a happy and healthy 5780
THE ROSH HASHANAH SEDER Sunday Evening September 29, 2019 – 7:00-9:00 Savant Hotel, Lamezia Terme – The Sephardi Experience – The Rosh HaShanah Seder. Enjoy a festive meal that celebrates the Creation of the World. Hebrew, English and Italian Cost: by donation Registration: by Sept. 15 Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com
ROSH HASHANAH FIRST DAY SERVICE, Monday morning, September 30. 2019 – 11:00-12:30, Savant Hotel, Lamezia Terme – Hebrew, English and Italian Featuring the Shofar Service. Apples and Honey of course! Email to register: Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com
SPECIAL ROSH HASHANAH EXPERIENCE AT THE FERRAMONTI CAMP – “SHOFAR AND SONG,” – Saturday, October 5, 2019, 5- 7 pm – Honoring the three synagogues in the Ferramonti Concentration Camp where Jews were able to observe Shabbat and holidays – Hebrew, English and Italian -Apples and Honey, of course! Email to register: Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com
YOM KIPPUR SERVICE WITH YISKOR PRAYERS – Wednesday, October 9, 11:00 – 12:30, Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, Serrastretta, CZ. Hebrew, English, Italian Email to register: Rabbi@ RabbiBarbara.com
SUKKOT FESTIVAL (FESTA DELLE CAPANNE), Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud. Serrastretta, CZ – Lulav, Etrog, Honey Cakes, Songs Under the Sukkah. Hebrew, English, Italian Email to register: Rabbi@RabbiBarbara.com