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Italy's First Female Rabbi on "The Jews of Southern Italy: A Lost History Rediscovered" at Hofstra

(Feb 29, 2012)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Hofstra Cultural Center presents Rabbi Barbara Aiello, founder and director of the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria and Italy’s first female rabbi. Rabbi Aiello’s mission started in southern Italy, nearly 10 years ago, where she helps “anousim” (Italians whose ancestors were forced into conversion from Judaism) discover and connect with their Jewish roots. At Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud (“Eternal Light of the South”) in Serrastretta, Italian “anousim” find warmth and acceptance as they learn about their Jewish heritage and experience Jewish ritual and observance at the first active synagogue in Calabria and Sicily in
500 years. In addition, families around the world participate in a unique Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation program that provides them with the Jewish experience of a lifetime – a glimpse back in time to an era when Jews practiced
in secret and, in the face of persecution, held on to their Jewish roots. 
This event is co-sponsored by the Italian American Experience Lecture Series, the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies, Issues in Judaism Lecture Series, Hofstra University’s Women’s Studies Program, Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus, and the Dorothy
and Elmer Kirsch Endowment. 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8 p.m.
Hofstra Student Center Theater, North Campus

Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the Hofstra Scholarship Fund.
For more information call Hofstra’s John Cranford Adams
Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644 or visit www.hofstra.edu/culture. Or contact Stanislao Pugliese, Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies, at stanislao.pugliese@hofstra.edu