NEW YORK—Besides Israel, Italy is perhaps the smallest region in the world to feature the greatest concentration of different Jewish traditions. In its 2,000 years of history, the Italian Jewish scene has drawn on a number of traditions including the Ashkenazi, Sephardic and dominant Italian branches.
The Primo Levi Center—New York’s cultural organization dedicated to Italian Jewry—organizes each year an event to celebrate the hazanut, the religious singing traditions, from Jewish Italy and the Mediterranean. This year they invited Elia Enrico Richetti, former chief rabbi of Trieste and Venice, to perform a series of Ashkenazi songs from several Jewish communities in Northern Italy, in front of an intimate yet enthusiastic crowd at the Kehila Kedosha Janina, a Romaniote synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
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