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Rabbi Discovers Her Secret Jewish Roots in Calabria

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Rabbi Barbara Aiello, an Italian American from Pittsburgh, Pa., discovered her family’s secret Jewish roots and became a Rabbi in 1999 with a mission—she goes throughout the region of Calabria teaching Italian Jews their history. Her father was a liberator of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and told her “you must do something for the Jewish people.” According to scholars, there were 50,000 Jews living across Calabria 500 years ago and Rabbi Aiello explains there’s more to uncover about their heritage.

 

Watch the video “The Secret Jews of Calabria” and learn more about Rabbi Barbara Aiello’s project.