In southern Italy, long-lost Jews are returning to the fold

05.10.2012                      19.Tischrei. 5773                      Chol Hamo'ed 3

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In southern Italy, long-lost Jews are returning to the fold

A fervent congregation of about 35 people in San Nicandro has won the embrace of Italy’s Orthodox Jewish mainstream community, part of a new effort to reach out to so-called Returning Jews in the south.

In the Christian cemetery of a sleepy farming town on the spur of Italy’s boot, Lucia Leone looks up at a row of tombs marked incongruously by Stars of David….