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Publication Date: November 1999

Publisher(s): Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women

Author(s): Micaela Procaccia

Series: Working Paper Series no. 6, November 1999. pp. 31-38

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Women)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: History; Women; Culture

Type: Other


The author presents an outline of the history of Jewish women in Italy, going back to their involvement with Jewish and Christian courts in the late Middle Ages. Highlights include womenÂ’s struggles against forced conversion, anti-Semitism, and the creation of the Italian ghetto; womenÂ’s involvement in GaribaldiÂ’s Resorgimento; the early popularization of the Bat Mitzvah celebration; the first Italian Jewish woman to have a rabbinic education; womenÂ’s role in the anti-Nazi resistance and later in Holocaust awareness; and finally womenÂ’s active leadership in the modern Italian Jewish community.