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January 13,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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On August 18, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. declared in his I Have a Dream speech, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”  This coming Monday, our country […]


December 30,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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As I sit here eating my umpteenth potato latke, I have to make a difficult confession. Simply stated, I no longer look, or much more importantly feel, like a young Robert Redford.  (Come to think of it, neither does Robert Redford, but that is beside the point). I think this latest mid-life crisis of mine […]


December 16,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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‘Twas nearly the Shabbat before Hanukkah And all through my belly Not a thought was occurring Except sufganiyot with jelly    Well, with all apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, this year’s Festival of Lights actually coincides with Christmas Eve and Day.  So much for going to a movie and eating Chinese food next Sunday (although […]


December 02,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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In writing about this season’s new hit television show, “This Is Us”, Boston Globe critic Matthew Gilbert writes that the program’s fictional family members are desperately looking for some healing, and as such, “are interconnected, whether they like it or not.  Our country, alas, is in the same place, divided and yet stuck with one […]


November 18,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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Our country, let alone our world at large, desperately needs opportunities to experience spiritual and intellectual restoration. One of the most impactful ways to unite and heal collectively is through classroom and experiential learning. This Sunday afternoon, we have the opportunity to study and participate together at the 2016 Global Day of Jewish Learning, which […]


November 14,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

Last Tuesday, the citizens of our great state and nation elected officials to lead us with wisdom and compassion and to guide and properly shape our country. The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island congratulates all who were victorious including President-Elect Donald J. Trump.  We also thank those who ran […]


November 04,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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In June, 1996, former Israeli President Shimon Peres z”l,  commented about the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace stating, “For peace, one must remember: As a bird cannot fly with one wing, as a man cannot applaud with one hand, so a country cannot make peace just with one side, with itself. For peace, we need the two of […]


October 21,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

We, as Jews, are a people of both collective and personal memory. We recall our Exodus from Egypt, and we remember departed parents, grandparents, and friends. Memory is such a powerful tool. As we approach the end of this High Holiday period of reflection, I once again present the following words written by Rabbi Jack Reimer, which […]


October 07,2016 | by: Kara Marziali
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During these Days of Awe, many of us are reflecting upon all that has transpired since last Yom Kippur, 5776. My most immediate reflections take me back to the wonderfully inspiring members of the Jewish community of Havana, Cuba, with whom my fellow mission-goers and I had the distinct pleasure of spending quality time prior to […]


September 28,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan
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A statement from Jewish Federations of North America: Jewish Federations deeply mourn the passing of Shimon Peres, z”l, universally recognized as one of Israel’s greatest leaders and one of North American Jewry’s closest Israeli friends. A member of Israel’s founding generation, an eloquent spokesperson for his country and a strong advocate for Jewish peoplehood, Peres was […]


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On the passing of Shimon Peres, z”l

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