For over 500 years there was no Shul in Palermo, Sicily. This week, part of a Catholic Church will become a synagogue.

Kol Hakavod to OTS Straus-Amiel graduate, Rabbi Pinhas Punturello, on this incredible achievement.



Palermo, Sicily, to get first synagogue in 500 years

In a gesture marking anniversary of expulsion, Catholic Church will finance renovations to create Jewish heritage center

January 10, 2017

Courtesy of Shavei Israel

Photo courtesy of Shavei Israel

The Roman Catholic Church in Palermo is giving the Jewish community ownership of part of a church and monastery complex built atop the ruins of a medieval synagogue. The move is being viewed as a gesture of reconciliation more than 500 years after the expulsion of Jews from Sicily.

 The church will finance renovations in the space to create a new synagogue and Jewish heritage center for the several dozen Jews who now live in the city…
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