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
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.
Click here to read the entire article.