Jewish celebration in Rome canceled to honor quake victims

Roman Jews canceled an outdoor celebration at Rome’s main synagogue to honor the national day of mourning for the victims of last month’s earthquakes in northern Italy.

Quakes in the Emilia-Romagna region on May 20 and May 30 killed at least 24 people and left thousands homeless.

The June 4 celebration in Rome was to have marked the 68th anniversary of the 1944 reopening of Rome’s main synagogue after the city’s liberation by allied forces.

The Italian Jewish community said it was working on plans to aid quake victims, possibly by opening Jewish summer camp facilities to young victims and providing counseling and other medical aid. — jta