Calabrian Chanukah Celebration Saved by Italian Priest

Thanks to a Calabrian parish and its leader, the Chanukah lights shined a bit brighter [in December] for a southern Italian congregation led by a former Pittsburgher.

With the eight-day holiday nearing its end, Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud — the first synagogue to openly function in Calabria, Italy, since the Inquisition — faced a dilemma. For years, the “Eternal Light of the South” had held an indoor menorah lighting ceremony. When the Calabrian-based space was deemed too small this year due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the congregation had to pivot.

There were thoughts of holding the annual event outdoors, but the near-wintery weather in mountainous Calabria can be cold, windy and


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