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Rabbis and Ravioli

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/up_front/article/rabbis_and_ravioli_20011019

Years ago, UCLA visiting professor Luisa Del Giudice discovered she was more interested in the way ordinary people remembered their past than the way writers and academics recorded formal history. In pursuit of that interest, she founded the Italian Oral History Institute (IOHI), a project dedicated to documenting the groups typically unacknowledged in Italian life and history. This year, the IOHI presents "Italian Jews: Memory, Music, Celebration," a far-ranging survey of Italian Jewish life including music, food, cinema, history and language. The Jewish presence -- and now absence -- in the Italian landscape, in the small towns and large cities, inspires a new generation of both Italian and American scholars.

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