Dwares JCC

Donald and Bonnie Dwares donate $1M to Alliance JCC

Extensive renovations will improve accessibility and flow of 42-year-old building.

Philanthropists Donald and Bonnie Dwares’ $1,000,000 gift to the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island will be used to transform the Alliance JCC building, at 401 Elmgrove Avenue, in Providence.

“Donald and Bonnie Dwares have made an incredible gift that not only ensures the survival of this wonderful facility (which was dedicated in 1971), but also reminds fellow Jewish Rhode Islanders that now is the time to modernize and revitalize the center of our Jewish community,” Jeffrey Savit, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance, said in a statement. “Donald and Bonnie envision the (soon to be re-named) Dwares JCC to be the central address where the entire community will come to congregate, recreate, learn and flourish.”

The Alliance JCC organization will continue to operate as it has, with the building’s name being changed to reflect the generosity of the Dwares family.

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