Pittsburgh native, Rabbi Barbara, the first female rabbi in Italy, will discuss Hidden Jews of Southern Italy and how the Reconstructionist movement helps to bring Crypto Jews home.
About Rabbi Barbara: Rabbi Barbara Aiello is a Pittsburgh native and daughter of a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp. She begins her 11th year as Italy’s only modern, liberal rabbi serving Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, a Reconstructionist congregation in the town of Serrastretta of the Calabria region of Italy.
Rabbi Barbara continues to serve Jews throughout Europe as a spokesperson for Pluralistic Judaism – a movement that deliberately blurs denominational lines and extends the hand of Jewish welcome to Jews of all backgrounds.
Rabbi Barbara is also the founding director of The Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC). The IjCCC, is dedicated to helping those with Italian heritage determine if their family surnames indicate Italian Jewish roots.
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