February 24, 2011 | Dr. Ephraim Nissan
There is a paradox to the Italian Jewish experience in the 2000s. Jews are more integrated than ever since 1945, and Israel has been relegitimized in important quarters after being in practice delegitimized by the Communists, Socialists, and those media close to the Christian Democrats in the late 1970s and 1980s, reaching the lowest point in the second half of 1982. Yet, because of various factors including the web as well as unwillingness to take things in stride any longer, the organized and
January 17, 2010 | Dan V. Segre
Most Italians think there are many times more Jews in Italy than the thirty-one thousand paying members of the Italian community. Native Italian Jews probably number no more than fifteen thousand. There are sizable communities of Libyan (mainly in Rome) and Lebanese and Iranian origin (mainly in Milan). The false perception of a large number of Jews in Italy results from the fact that several Jews have indeed played key roles in Italian society over the past century and a half.
October 20, 1996
This essay aims to compare different constitutional documents of Italian Jewish communities from the sixteenth century until the last document enacted in 1989, in order to give a lasting perspective of the development of some aspects of Jewish political organization, thought, and structure. These documents show the development of state policy toward Jews and Jewish institutions from the Renaissance up to the present.