Newsletter: January 2016

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Buon Anno! – We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share our exciting plans for 2016.

Check out our New Website – We have spent the past several months preparing for the the rollout of our new digital presence: While we still work closely with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Commission decided to move our materials from their servers to our own independently run website. By managing our own site, we are better able to provide you with the latest information about Commission activities and upcoming Italian Events in New Jersey. While still a work in progress, we are also happy to inform you that our Italian Heritage Curriculum lesson plans are much more accessible. Take a tour of our website and let us know what you think by sending a message to our new email address:

New Name and Logo – We decided to take this opportunity to update our marketing and shorten our name. The Commission has gone by many names, but it was most recently known as the “New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission” (NJIIAHC). We are now shortening our name one final time so that it is more succinct and memorable. Our new material proudly proclaims that we are henceforth the “New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission” (NJIHC).

January 2016 Events

“Jews of Sicily: A Forgotten History” with Sergio Calderella

January 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties (Bridgewater)

Join us for a free lecture with Sergio Caldarella, a passionate reader of poetry, physics and philosophy. Refreshments & Dessert will be served.

The saga of Jewish history has no simple chapters, and the chapter on Sicilian Jews is certainly no exception. While the histories of Galician, Indian, and Japanese Jews have been studied extensively, one of the oldest communities of the Diaspora has been generally neglected. The biggest island of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, has been for millennia one of the most important crossroads of the early civilizations.


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