Posts Tagged ‘Shabbat’

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel’s Italian Jewish community

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel's Italian Jewish community

The synagogue at 27 Hillel Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, is no ordinary synagogue. It is the fulcrum of Israel’s unique Italian Jewish community. The Italian-Jewish identity is a complicated one: sometimes painful and contradictory, and always with a special Italian flair. But recently, the Italian synagogue was given an ultimatum, one that could threaten this vibrant community.


A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

As all three faiths are set in motion simultaneously, Friday makes a very special day to visit the Old City. Muslims from Jerusalem and the West Bank travel to Al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers, just as the church bells begin to chime. As the Muslims leave after prayer, they encounter Jewish residents of the Old City rushing to do last minute shopping before the Shabbat, which begins at sundown.