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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018

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Noemi Di Segni

President, Union of Italian Jewish Communities

The second woman to be elected as president of UCEI, Italian Jewry's communal representative body, Noemi di Segni marked her second anniversary in that post in 2018. In January, di Segni spoke out courageously against the honoring of the pro-fascist monarch, King Victor Emmanuel III – who signed the 1938 "racial laws" in Italy that targeted the Jewish community. “We expressed this position not just as Jewish people, but as Italians," di Segni told The Algemeiner in an interview. “If you forget what happened eighty years ago, you’ll forget what happened yesterday.” Day to day, Di Segni is occupied with the demands of her role, from ensuring continued high-quality Jewish education to assisting Jewish families experiencing hardship. She is particularly proud of Italy's National Jewish Museum, which opened last December in the city of Ferrara, describing it as "the story of how Jews in Italy have lived and are still living." (Photo: Screenshot.)

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