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Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA
Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA

Italy still years from opening first Holocaust museum

ROME — If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence....

Fractious relations continue between Venice’s Chabad and liberal Jewish community

VENICE — It was a Friday afternoon in the heart of the historic Venice Ghetto, and I was chatting with the city’s chief rabbi, Elia Riccheti, when his cellphone...

Pope visits synagogue in Rome

ROME — 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...

Eastern European Jewry rises

ROME — Eastern Europe’s Jews have come out of the shadows. When the Cold War ended 20 years ago with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution in...

Countries confront past differently

ROME — A row of empty shoes where Jews were shot dead on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. The image of a grand synagogue chiseled into stone at the place it...

Pope to visit Israel next week

ROME — The official Israeli government website for Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank promotes the May 11-15 visit as a “Bridge for...

Klezmer and the ghost of Germany’s past

FREIBURG, Germany — At the height of the recent uproar over Pope Benedict XVI’s rehabilitation of a Holocaust-denying bishop, I attended a klezmer concert in the...

Haider’s death removes a key player in Austria

VIENNA — The death of Joerg Haider, a controversial and charismatic right-wing politician in Austria, has removed one of the country’s key players at a time of...

What’s Jewish about country music?

NASHVILLE —— An international conference on country music may seem an unlikely place to find someone like me. For nearly two decades, I’’ve been known for my...