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August 18,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

In Charlottesville they marched with torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us.” In Boston they again vandalized the Holocaust Memorial. And here in Rhode Island, while incidents have been far more covert, they do occur more than we would like to admit. These recent events have been challenging for me to process as an […]


August 13,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: As we learn more about the unspeakable events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, our organization’s values and our values as a Jewish community demand that we speak out. The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island strongly condemns the hateful acts that have taken place in Charlottesville. As Americans we honor the […]


August 08,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

by Larry Katz, Director of  Jewish Life & Learning A number of people have been asking about the small, thin boxes that have been added to many of the doorposts, beginning with the dedication of the Bonnie and Donald Dwares JCC in May. These decorative cases and tubes are mezuzot, which have marked the doorposts […]


August 04,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

August 1st marked a big day for me personally and for the Alliance, so please let me say Shalom and introduce myself. I am proud to be the new President and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island! Since the announcement that I would be joining the Alliance, I have been humbled by […]


July 28,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

In July 2011, I wrote my first Shabbat Shalom message while on a bus returning from a Russian Jewish children’s summer camp outside of Moscow. Today, I write my final message from the Rosen office suite at the Alliance’s beautifully renovated Dwares JCC. So much has transpired during these past six years. Over the course of […]


July 24,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

A View from Jerusalem By Leah Garber, Vice President, Director, JCCA’s Israel Center Today, the first of the Hebrew month of Av marks the 70th anniversary of the Exodus—symbol of Jewish despair and helplessness in the face of an apathetic world. Exodus, a packet steamer, carried 4,515 Jewish Holocaust survivors from France to Israel, then known as British […]


July 06,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

On display at the Dwares JCC in the Salmanson Family Upper Lobby through the summer, this multimedia exhibit tells the story of Jewish men who attended Providence College from its founding through the era of the Second Vatican Council. Through interviews, student publications, and historical context, learn about the groundwork for positive interfaith relations between […]


| by: Kara Marziali

By Mary MacDonald July 6, 2017 4:45 am   PROVIDENCE – The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Dwares Jewish Community Center recently unveiled a $6 million renovation, which modernized the aging building and created accessibility for people with physical handicaps. The interior changes improved security, improved flow among rooms and updated internal systems, such […]


June 30,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Earlier this month, the Alliance hosted a thought-provoking Leadership Summit for our local synagogues and agencies, which was attended by more than 90 lay and professional leaders from 17 Jewish communal organizations. We gathered to hear nationally renowned guest speaker, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, fascinatingly challenge the status quo of current Jewish institutional leadership and advocate […]


June 19,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

I was young once. But then all of a sudden I became 57. And throughout this past decade I realized that there are very few people younger than I who actually remember collect calls, the mysteries of Sanka, and the sublime pleasures of a mixer. Yet, I grew to understand that the younger inhabitants of […]


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Shabbat Shalom: From the President 6.19.17

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