Rossella Tercatin


Jill Abramson’s Jewish Moment

By Rossella Tercatin

Jill Abramson’s Jewish Moment
Let me be clear. I am well aware of the fact that, for Americans and especially for people from New York, having a famous whatever with Jewish connections is not such a big deal, considering the impact of Jewish population in the cultural, political and intellectual life of the country. In Italy we are not completely unfamiliar with this situation, despite the enormous difference in numbers (in Italy there are only 25,000 Jews).Read More


Aldo Finzi's Masterwork Debuts 70 Years Later

By Rossella Tercatin

Aldo Finzi's Masterwork Debuts 70 Years Later
Composer Aldo Finzi’s last words in 1945 were, ‘Let my music be performed.’ Now, his final wish is being honored as his ‘Serenade to the Wind’ is debuting in Milan.Read More


Rest in Peace, Kosher Parmigiano

By Rossella Tercatin

Rest in Peace, Kosher Parmigiano
FOOD: You can’t find a single piece of kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano anywhere in the world, since the only family-owned manufacturer retired and closed up shop.Read More


Italy Celebrates Jewish Culture, Despite Quake

By Rossella Tercatin

Italy Celebrates Jewish Culture, Despite Quake
“Good morning, I would like to visit the Synagogue,” says a sweet lady wearing an old-fashioned patterned dress at the Milan Sinagoga Centrale (Central Synagogue) on a lazy mid-summer afternoon. “I’m sorry ma’am. For security reasons, it is not possible,” replies the attendant.Read More






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