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Reluctant Jews

PROLOGUE An Overdue Circumcision “Do you want a rabbi?”  I must have looked utterly baffled if Professor Luciano Supino, with his rosy features and aristocratically hooked nose, felt he had to explain:  “Of course, for your milah!” Utter bewilderment. “Well,…

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Reluctant Jews Translated by Jeremy Moyle Rather than going in search of his Jewish roots, Sandro Gerbi focuses on the reverse process: the gradual secularization of his family during the twentieth century, through the progressive distancing from religious observance, Jewish…

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Los Corassones Avlan

Conversations on Jewish Life on the Island of Rhodes. A pop-up installation to discover, discuss and imagine.  Press contact: loscorassones.press@primolevicenter.org New York, NY - September 24, 2019 - A fully immersive experience celebrating and exploring the lives of the Jews of Rhodes,…

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Exile and Creativity Translated by Alta L. Price. Exile and Creativity is a collection of essays from a program series held in 2017-18 by the Italian Cultural Institute in New York jointly with Centro Primo Levi. The essays examine the…

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The Oral History Center: Los Corassones Avlan

We all have stories in our archives.  We know it is best to bring the stories out, for people to hear and see them.  But how?  One idea:   Involve the narrator, maybe she or he will have an idea.  That was the case in a recent event in New York

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Efratia Gitai: Correspondence (1929-1994)    Selected & edited by Rivka Gitai Translated by Timothy Aaron Priest Born in 1909 in Haifa to Russian Zionist parents, Efratia Gitai was “the eldest daughter” of the Second Aliyah, the second wave of Jewish…

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I.Italy: The Life of a “Foreign Italian”

Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look into the mind of the artist, who like many other Italian jews was abandoned by his country, to others such as Lillian Spiegel, it’s one more step towards giving Leo what he never managed to obtain during his lifetime, Italian citizenship.

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