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From: Info - Latouritalya <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: LATOUR I-TALYA “Jewish emotion and beyond”, a new way to discover Jewish Italy and much more !
Date: 5 May 2021 at 09:11:56 BST
Dear all,

We are “LaTour I-Talya”, an Italian tour operator focused on the amazingly rich Jewish historical and cultural heritage found throughout Italy and on the profusion of historic, artistic and beautiful landscapes Italy has to offer.

Thanks to a joint-venture among Italian Jewish Communities and a renowned local tour operator, we both have knowledge of the Jewish culture and of the Italian excellences, where through personal connections we can access special areas that are not open to the public, such as hidden Jewish archives and private houses of Jewish families.
We believe that our tours, that are always customised to clients’ needs, can be very appealing and appreciated by the members/congregants of your group as they offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wonderful holiday filled with “Jewish emotion” and a perfect mix of Jewish heritage, culture, arts, discovery and fun in a mesmerizing country like Italy.  

Finally, please consider that the prices of all our tours include a 10% fee to be donated to your institution to promote your commendable activities or for Tzedakà purposes to individuals, families or institutions of your choice. 

For more details and info on who we are, our Mission and our Tour Packages please visit our web site at

We will be very happy to answer any question or request you may have. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime!

Kind regards, 
Susanna Sorci

TRAVEL CURATOR – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
LaTour I-talya - Ancona - Italy
Tel: +390712089301


Received from LINKnet Mentoring on 27/10/21

Received from Adam Bracki on 1st November 2021


Dear Sir/Madam,


I hope the information below will be of use to you.


Jews in Old Postcards and Prints


From London to Casablanca—A History of Jews in Europe and around the Mediterranean in Old Postcards and Prints.


London, United Kingdom. Vintage Press Ltd is proud to announce the release of Jews in Old Postcards and Prints, a collection of vintage postcards and antique prints annotated by Lars Fischer. The book sheds a thoughtful light on the history of Jews in Europe and around the Mediterranean, mainly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and invites readers to reflect on the ways in which both Jews and non-Jews used postcards and prints to portray Jews, their communities, culture, and institutions. Above all, the book celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish life and culture in the “golden age” of the postcard, of a world largely extinguished by the Shoah and the expulsion of Jews from Northern Africa.


As the author notes in the introduction, “it seemed more worthwhile to put together a book that replicates only some of what is already well known and instead offers readers less widely circulated material. I have doubtless come up with a more modern and secular selection than other authors might. …While some readers may be familiar with many of the images and many will recognize some, I am hopeful that everyone will come across something new in this book. Above all, I hope that readers will find it both informative and entertaining, our knowledge of the shadow of destruction hanging over so many of the images notwithstanding.”


About the author: Lars Fischer’s scholarship and publications focus on the history and conceptualization of antisemitism, Jewish/non-Jewish relations, and Frankfurt School Critical Theory. Fischer has taught at UCL, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge and served as Secretary of the British Association for Jewish Studies and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society.



Jews in Old Postcards and Prints

208 pages, 380+ images

Hardcover, 23.5 x 33.5 cm

ISBN: 978-1-8381978-0-3

Compiled and annotated by

Lars Fischer


For more information, please visit


Look inside the book:


Postcards and Prints from the book:


Kind Regards
Adam Bracki
Vintage Press Ltd - The Publisher of Jews in Old Postcards and Prints

Newsletters for 2021

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January/February 2021

 New admissions to Judaism, new members, amazing menorahs and the midges Midrash

March/April 2021

 New Council members, remembering Mike Valencia

May/June 2021

Chances to get involved and join socials

July/August 2021

Three stories from the Netherlands and remembering Srebrenica

September/October 2021

EcoSynagogue, Kol Nidrei Charities, Jewish Archives Centre

November/December 2021

Where now after lockdown?



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During this time of quarantine, our Tea & Talmud and Philosophy series will continue as weekly sessions of 1 hour (an hour-and-a-half with shmoozing) on Zoom.

You need to register to join these sessions. Once registered you will get reminders and be sent texts for any materials we will study.

Maimonides Mondays at 1pm

We will continue our study of the Guide for the Perplexed

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Once you are registered you will get an invitation with a link to join that will come round before the meeting starts.

Tea and Talmud (bring your own tea) Thursdays at 12 noon

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Those who have internet difficulties can phone in for audio only by calling 0131 460 1196 and entering the meeting ID (which will be sent to you) and password.

All welcome! No Hebrew or philosophical knowledge required, but all insights are welcome.


Uyghur Human Rights


Take action for the Uyghur people

A message from Nick Silk

December 10/11th this year was Human Rights Shabbat, so called because it is the Shabbat closest to the 10th December, the date when the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" was signed in 1948.  The declaration was drawn up as a direct result of the shoah. The hope is that never again would there be an attempt to destroy a whole people. Yet Rabbi Mark Solomon, on Human Rights Shabbat 72 years after the declaration was signed, described the oppression being suffered by the Uyghur people. More than one million of these Chinese Muslims are believed to be detained in so-called 're-education' camps in Xinjiang province. You can read more about the camps at this BBC web page. The part that most struck me at last Saturday's service was is a quote from the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks:
As a Jew, knowing our history, the sight of people being shaven-headed, lined up, boarded on to trains, and sent to concentration camps is particularly harrowing. That people in the 21st century are being murdered, terrorised, victimised, intimidated and robbed of their liberties because of the way they worship God is a moral outrage, a political scandal and a desecration of faith itself.

What can we do?  We can write to our MPs (or our MSPs).

You can do that directly from the website It is important to write in your own words. It need not be long. You could include some of these points:

  • Your feelings about the persecution of the Uyghurs
  • The pressure they should put on the UK government to take some of the actions listed on page 18 of the the resource pack
  • Why you, as a Jew, feel this is important

Try to do it soon - before New Year if you can. Could you please let me know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you do write to your MP or MSP and also if you receive any reply from them.

And, if you have links to an organisation (e.g. a business or school) please encourage them to join the Call to Action to place pressure on clothing brands and retailers to end the use of fabrics produced using Uyghur forced labour. Sukkat Shalom has already joined.

I do hope that you will take the time to write.

Thanks and chag Chanukah sameach.

Nick 16/12/2020


Passover recipes

Make your own Matzohs Thanks to Jutta for this recipe for making kosher for passover matzot. You will need to be speedy and a kitchen timer is essential.   recipe link
Vegan matzoh ball soup  
Lizy's recipe, she warns: "It does contain chickpeas so not suitable  if you are avoiding kitniyot "
 recipe link
NOT vegan matzoh balls

The traditional recipe as it used to appear on Rakusen's matzah meal packets. Thanks Anna for saving your old packet. 

The chicken fat can be replaced by butter for a dairy meal. There are also some other matzah meal recipes on the packet.

 recipe link
Tu b'Shevat haggis All your fruits and nuts in one dish and to remind you of Rabbie Burns' birthday.  recipe link