Former leader of Milan Jewish community dies of coronavirus

Cnaan Liphshiz, Forward, 03/16/2020

Michele Sciama, a former secretary-general of the Jewish Community of Milan — the city’s local Jewish communal life organization — has died of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Nonna's Hanukkah Surprise

Karen Fisman and Martha Aviles, Kar-Ben Publishing, 08/01/2015

Rachel loves visiting her Italian grandmother, even though Nonna celebrates Christmas and Rachel and her parents celebrate Hanukkah. Rachel plans to share Hanukkah with her whole family, so when Rachel's special hanukkiah goes missing, Nonna steps in to save the day.

New Book: The Cat that Ate the Canoli: Tales of the Hiddens Jews of Southern Italy

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, , 07/08/2015

The Italian-American rabbi is determined to uncover the Jewish roots buried in these hills, lost through centuries of persecution and obscured by decades of misunderstanding.

Italy's B'nai Anusim Revive a Secret Passover Tradition-- The Seder Hamishi

Barbara Aiello, The Times of Israel, 04/17/2014

Italy's B'nai Anusim Revive a Secret Passover Tradition-The Seder Hamishi

Barbara Aiello, The Times of Israel, 04/17/2014

Some historians believe that the Russian painter, Moshe Maimon’s most famous work, “Marranos: Secret Seder,” actually tells the story of the Seder Hamishi, a special Passover seder, held, not on the first or second night of Passover, but, as its name suggests, on the fifth night of the holiday.

Keeping Judaism Alive in Venice

Judith Sokoloff, Na'amat Woman, 06/01/2011