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Medieval Jewish Meal in Italy Resurrects Menus

By Ruth Ellen Gruber/JTA

In a medieval tavern in 21st century Italy, waitresses in archaic costumes served a tepid, chalk-white substance the texture of oatmeal to tables filled with slightly skeptical diners.Read More


Hungary's Jews Face Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

By Ruth Ellen Gruber (JTA)

The debate over anti-Semitism in Hungary has sharpened since the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-Roma (Gypsy) Jobbik movement entered Parliament two years ago as the country’s third largest party.Read More


International Holocaust Day Changes With the Times

By Ruth Ellen Gruber (JTA)

On the same day next week, Israeli President Shimon Peres will address the German Parliament and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will appear before a special session of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome.Read More


Pope Visits Synagogue in Rome in Hopes of Healing Rifts

By Ruth Ellen Gruber (JTA)

When Pope Benedict XVI visited this city’s main synagogue, sparring between the pope and Jewish leaders over Pope Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust grabbed headlines.Read More


After Pius Move, Vatican Walks a Tightrope on Jewish-Catholic Relations

By Ruth Ellen Gruber (JTA)

For at least the third time in his papacy, Pope Benedict’s XVI is doing the Jewish dance that takes him one step back, one step forward.Read More



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