Episode 51: Judaism in Italy with Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Posted: July 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | 2 Comments »

In this episode, hosts Sara, Jessica, & Michelle talk about the Louvre not loaning out the Mona Lisa, a new hotel tax soon to be implemented in Florence & Venice, and new spots in Italy added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Then we speak with Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first woman Rabbi in Italy.

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Rabbi Barbara AielloRabbi Barbara Aiello is the first woman rabbi and first non-orthodox rabbi in Italy. She lives and works in Calabria, in the small village of Serrastretta where she has organized the first active Jewish synagogue in the “Mezzogiorno” in 500 years since Inquisition times.

Rabbi Barbara is the director of the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC), an organization that helps Italians and Italian Americans discover their Jewish roots. Prior to her rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Barbara created The Kids on the Block international puppet program and currently is host of the syndicated radio show, “The Radio Rabbi,”  on flagship station WGUL AM 860 in Tampa, Florida and heard around the world on podcast. Her website is www.rabbibarbara.com.

Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:

  • giudaismo / ebraismo – ebreo/ebraico (ebrea/ebraica)
  • Judaism – Jewish

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Episode 50: Bella Basilicata with Valerie Fortney Schneider

Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | No Comments »

This week, hosts Sara, Jessica & Michelle have updates about the Jersey Shore in Florence and the garbage crisis in Naples, and then we speak to American expat Valerie Fortney Schneider about the Basilicata region.

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Valerie Fortney SchneiderValerie Fortney Schneider is a travel professional and freelance writer who moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Italy in 2006. She has worked in the travel and tourism industry for nearly two decades and writes about all things Italy for travel publications and websites. She and her husband Bryan bought a small house in Valerie’s ancestral region of Basilicata, where she selflessly samples local delicacies and tours hidden havens for the sake of writing and travel planning. Valerie and Bryan also recently launched a travel and property assistance business, My Bella Basilicata.

My Bella Basilicata: http://www.mybellabasilicata.com
Blog – 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree: http://www.2baci.blogspot.com

Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:

  • caciocavallo
    • a type of cheese that is shaped in a “teardrop” shape. The literal Italian translation means “cheese on horseback” but could also derive from its saddlebag/yoke shape. [source]

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A walk in Milan from Giuseppe Vetrano on Vimeo.


Episode 49: Roaming Roman Neighborhoods with Shelley Ruelle

Posted: June 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | No Comments »

Hosts Sara, Jessica & Michelle talk about the recent referendum vote in Italy and the return of the famous Cinquecento to the USA. Then we speak with American expat in Rome Shelley Ruelle about the neighborhoods of Rome.

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Shelley Ruelle is an American expat who moved to Rome in 2001. She has taught English as a second language and worked as the director of a large study abroad center for U.S. universities, as well as started and successfully ran her own business renting two apartments in the Trastevere neighborhood to tourists looking for a “slow travel” option in the heart of Rome. After a 3 year sabbatical in the U.S., she is now back in Rome and blogging as “Un’americana a Roma” — an American girl in Rome, which you can find at unamericanaaroma.com.

Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:

  • Ao, ma che stai a di’?
    • (Roman dialect): Hey, what the heck are you talking about?

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  • Calabria tourism ad with Riace Bronzes