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Pius XI served as pope from 1922-1939 and supported the Fascist regime with certain stipulations. Benito Mussolini was Italy’s prime minister from 1922–43 and achieved notoriety as a Fascist dictator. Pius XI served as pope from 1922-1939 and supported the Fascist regime with certain stipulations. Benito Mussolini was Italy’s prime minister from 1922–43 and achieved notoriety as a Fascist dictator. There are certain things you expect from a pope, and anti-Semitism is not one of them. In his latest book, “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Providence resident David I. Kertzer exposes the lives of two men – Pope Pius XI  and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Their complex relationship, politicking and secrets changed the course of history.

Until the 2006 opening of the Vatican’s archives, much of Papal Rome’s association with Mussolini was speculative and controversial. Based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, Kertzer, a Brown University professor of Social Science and professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies, sheds light on the rise of Fascism and Natzism in Europe, as well as the alliance between the State of Italy and the Holy See.

Students stand under the tallit during closing ceremonies.Students stand under the tallit during closing ceremonies.The Cohen School at Temple Torat Yisrael, located in East Greenwich, celebrated its closing ceremonies and graduation on June 7 with many families in attendance. The program offered an opportunity for school leadership to express gratitude to all of the amazing people that helped the school have a successful year.

What a fast year it has been! Last June, I attended the Cohen School’s closing ceremonies to present the Wendy B. Adler award in memory of my mother, and I was moved by the beauty of the temple and the friendliness of families. I felt in my heart from that day, that I wanted to be a part of this community and I am thankful that I was offered the opportunity to be the school director.

Anthony Gluck with his parents.Anthony Gluck with his parents.The years 2014-2015 have been the best years of my Jewish life. I was going into my senior year and I wasn’t involved in PROVTY (Providence Temple Youth) nor had I ever been to an overnight Jewish camp. My parents encouraged me to go to the URJ Kutz Leadership Camp this past summer and become active in PROVTY.

Upon arriving at Kutz, I was greeted with a warm “Welcome Home.” This greeting washed away any concerns or worries I might have had. At camp, my major was “Creative Arts.” I always liked drawing, and I learned new ways to draw and do art. We also had minor and elective classes which were either fun, educational or both.

The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah will celebrate its fifth Books on the Beach author luncheon on  Aug. 11 with authors Hank Phillippi Ryan and Rabbi Susan Abramson in the ballroom of the Atlantic Beach Club in Newport from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The authors will mingle with guests, make their presentations and sign purchased books. Proceeds will support the work of Hadassah.

 

In July, having completed 45 years of service to Temple Beth-El as well as the larger Jewish and gentile communities, Rabbi Gutterman will retire as senior rabbi of Temple Beth-El. Three years ago, he surpassed the record of his mentor, Rabbi William Braude, as Rhode Island’s longest-serving rabbi. The following questions and answers are highlights from a conversation recently conducted in his study, looking at his life and career here.

Q. In 1970, before you became Beth-El’s assistant rabbi, had you ever been to New England?

A. No. I had only been once to New York City, when I was best man at my best friend’s wedding.