Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Dalida' - The Beloved European Singer’s Calabrian Jewish Roots

August 2017
Although she was born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, when it came time to select a stage name, she chose “Dalida`,” from the Hebrew for “delight.” And, as Dalida`, she became one of the world’s most beloved performers, singing and recording in more...


Where Should We Get Married?

July 2017
If you have chosen Bella Italia for your destination wedding, you’ve chosen one of the most beautiful places in the world to “tie the knot.” Whether it’s a Roman terrace with a Coliseum view, a peaceful setting on Lake Como,...


Out of the Ashes

June 2017
In his compelling book, “Triangle: The Fire that Changed America,” David Von Drehle reminds his readers in vivid detail of the events of March 25, 1911. By nightfall, 146 young girls, burned from the fire or crushed and mutilated by...


"I'm Italian - Could I Be Jewish, Too?"

March 2017
“I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to find information on my great-grandparents and their surnames…For years now I have felt a deep connection with Judaism, and was wondering if it was simply a spiritual connection, or if it’s...


Calabria's Jews and Catholics Share Chanukah Together

December 2016
Chanukkah è una festività ebraica nota anche come Festa delle Luci.  In ebraico, il termine significa "inaugurazione" o "dedica" giacché la celebrazione commemora la consacrazione di un nuovo altare nel Tempio di...


The Italian Jewish Wedding

September 2016
Beautiful Traditions in Beautiful Settings Lungo tutto il proprio territorio, l'Italia offre luoghi magnifici per ospitare cerimonie di nozze suggestive. Dal momento che è tradizione che i matrimoni ebraici si svolgano all'aperto, i...