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McHenry Synagogue welcomes Italy’s only woman rabbi

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy’s first—and only—female Rabbi, as well as the country’s only non-Orthodox Rabbi, spoke at the McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) in Crystal Lake in November. Her topic was “The Hidden Jews of Sicily and Calabria.” Rabbi Barbara is the founder of the B’nai Anusim movement in Southern Italy. B’nai Anusim is an initiative to help the hidden Jews of Calabria and Sicily, whose ancestors were forced into Christian conversion 500 years ago during the Inquisition, return to their Jewish heritage. Historians estimate that prior to the Inquisition, more than 50 percent of the population of Southern Italy was Jewish. …

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