Rome

When In Jewish Rome...

Five Towns teens participate in unique exchange program with Orthodox Jewish Italian peers.

03/24/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Curious” was the word 17-year-old Blake Schulman used to describe how she felt as she left her home on Long Island for a week in Italy.
 
“I knew that the Italian kids were Orthodox, but I learned that they were so different than the Orthodox we know in the Five Towns,” she said.
 
After living in Rome with 16-year-old Giorgia Del Monte and her family, Blake said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
 

The Long Island and Roman students pose atop the Renzo Levi Yeshiva, with the Vatican in the background.

A Friend In The Holy Land

07/28/2000
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When his parents began to suffer health problems that made it difficult for them to continue living in Israel, Bruce Markowitz got busy.

Believing that his folks might have to return to the United States, he contacted a number of New York-area geriatric care-management agencies that arrange everything from meals on wheels and home medical visits to property management and round-the-clock nursing care.

Catholic Scholars To Pope: Slow Down On Pius Sainthood

Nineteen in letter voice ‘serious concerns’ about
fast-tracking of Shoah-era pope’s canonization.

02/25/2010
Staff Writer

The largely Jewish effort to slow down the proposed canonization of the pope who headed the Catholic Church during World War II has taken a more ecumenical tone.
Nineteen prominent Catholic scholars and theologians last week sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to put aside plans to declare Pius XII, the controversial pontiff during the Holocaust, a saint until historians gain full access to the Vatican’s wartime archives. The letter, intended as an internal Church document, was leaked to Reuters in Rome and subsequently made public.

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Pope Visits Rome Shul, Take 2

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

In the women’s gallery overhead, an impromptu press box. On the walls, large plasma screens. Alongside the Holy Ark, two television workstations.
The main sanctuary of Rome’s Tempio Maggiore, or Great Temple, is usually a venue of spiritual contemplation, but on Sunday afternoon it took on the appearance of a broadcast center.

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Jews Split On Pius Sainthood Action

Surprise move by Benedict for wartime pope leading to fresh schism among interfaith experts.

12/23/2009
Staff Writer

A cloud of suspicion will hover above the Bishop of Rome when he crosses the Tiber River to visit Rome’s Great Synagogue next month.

Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit on Jan. 17 to the synagogue — the second in history by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church — will take place in the shadow of renewed controversy over Pope Pius XII, the pontiff during World War II whose ambiguous record has soured Jewish-Catholic relations for four decades.

For Sephardic Students, A Sense Of Empowerment

02/20/2008
Editorial Intern
Winding her way through the rustic streets of Rome, a young Israeli student enters the pillared halls of La Sapienza University, where she will learn about viruses, participate in gross anatomy and study clinical procedure — all in a foreign language.    Hilla Werner-Zafrani, 29, is a third-year medical school student at La Sapienza, where she is training to become an oncologist. Originally from a poor Moroccan family of 10 children, she grew up enduring constant ethnic discrimination and financial burdens in Israel.   

Noa's New Arc

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
Achinoam Nini excused herself from a telephone interview to speak to her son, Ayehli. "Just a moment, mami," she told the 2-year-old, who had accompanied his mother to Spain for the last leg of a yearlong tour.   

Noa's New Arc

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
Achinoam Nini excused herself from a telephone interview to speak to her son, Ayehli. "Just a moment, mami," she told the 2-year-old, who had accompanied his mother to Spain for the last leg of a yearlong tour.   

On The Road Again, In The Diaspora

10/03/2003
Staff Writer
In "A Jew is Not One Thing," a film at the end of The Jewish Museum's permanent exhibition, a group of American, Israeli and European Jews (a rabbi, an educator, a psychologist, artists, scholars and even day school students) comment on themes that have shaped the Jewish people.  
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