by Melanie Weiss

Another “First and Only” – Italy’s Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Asked for places on earth where exciting Jewish things are happening, few people might mention Italy, but Rabbi Barbara Aiello — Italy’s first and only female rabbi — is stirring things up there. Aiello, born and raised in the United States, works with both the established Jewish communities she’s found as well as with communities of anousim, people with Jewish ancestry who were driven underground by the Inquisition. Although many do not identify as Jewish, a great number of these families still carry on family customs that originated in their hidden Jewish practices.

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