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October 31,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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I have three great words to present to you: “Harmony. Friendship. Benevolence.” These words not only embody but also constitute the mantra of the Touro Fraternal Association. Touro is the largest Jewish fraternal association in New England. For 97 years and counting, Touro has provided a warm, fun, and nurturing community of camaraderie and goodness […]


October 15,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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Sukkot is similar to the holiday of Thanksgiving, the eight days of which we celebrate the agricultural harvest with family, friends, and food within the temporary shelter of a sukkah (hut). Sukkot is also the time of year when the warmth of summer transitions towards the coldness of winter. As starkly illustrated by the 2013 […]


October 06,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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As Kol Nidrei dawns upon us this evening, I cower with the knowledge that our fates will be sealed for yet another year. I wonder then if there is anything we could do moving forward that could provide us, at a minimum, with some reassurance for another year of health and happiness? My answer, of […]


September 19,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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As the Jewish calendar year of 5774 winds its way towards its inevitable conclusion next week, it is now time for us to press the pause buttons on our respective DVD machines in order to reflect upon the deeds we either did, did not or should have performed in the preceding months.  During this month […]


September 05,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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This past summer, we rose to the challenge of supporting our brethren in Israel, by not only contributing more than $130,000 to the national Stop the Sirens Campaign and $10,000 to provide backpacks to the soldiers in Maor Mintz’s (our J-Camp Shaliach) Israeli reserve unit in Gaza, but also showing tremendous solidarity during both July’s […]


August 22,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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Each and every day, year after year, the work we do at the Jewish Alliance indeed changes the world. We’re connecting young families to each other and to the community, inspiring them to explore opportunities to participate in Jewish life. We’re creating a community-wide safety net for the economically vulnerable, seniors, and many others who […]


August 08,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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Our wonderful J-Camp Shaliach, Maor Mintz, wrote the following email of thanks to a few of my colleagues and me. I was so moved and proud that I wanted to share a slightly edited version of it with you. Shalom Everyone, A few weeks ago my reserve unit in Israel got called for active duty […]


July 31,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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By Haaretz U.S. immigrant to Israel designs online clock timer to show world how much time has passed since the last rocket was fired; ‘Sadly, this counter never really gets above an hour,’ he says. People around the world may find it hard to conceptualize the frequency with which rockets are fired toward Israel. Two […]


July 25,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
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As I stated two nights ago at our profoundly meaningful Community Solidarity Rally for Israel at the Dwares JCC, which was attended by more than 400 individuals, the Hebrew word azaka, which means warning or alarm, dominates daily conversations. As described earlier this week in Haaretz, “once it was the wail of Mordecai discovering that […]


July 24,2014 | by: Kara Marziali
Bruce Phillips, of Providence, prays with the crowd gathered at the Jewish Community Center on the East Side. The rally on Wednesday evening was to show support for Israel. (Glenn Osmundson/The Providence Journal)

by Thomas J. Morgan, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. — “Stop the sirens — Israel under fire” read the banner on the sidewalk outside the Jewish Community Center on the East Side, where a crowd of about 200 turned out Wednesday to show support for Israel’s campaign against rocket-firing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. “Israelis […]


Hundreds attend rally at Rhode Island JCC to support Israel

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