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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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DIASPORA'S OLDEST COMMUNITY GETS A CONTEMPORARY SHOWCASE
By Barbara Sofer
Simonetta Della Seta looks out of the large picture window of the converted prison onto a barren Italian field bordered by the Po River. In a few weeks, as the Jewish world begins a new Torah cycle with Genesis, here in Ferrara, the foundation will be poured for a building that bears the name of the first book of the Bible, where the large letters of the Hebrew text "Bereshit bara..." will be displayed for all to see, come they by foot or boat.
"In the beginning," or as some sages interpret bereshit, "The heavens and the earth were created with wisdom."
Wisdom/creative thinking is abundant in this museum of the Diaspora's oldest continuous community. It's called MEIS, an acronym in Italian for National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah, and it is becoming the most important museum in Europe at a time when European Jewry faces an uncertain future.
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