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March 24,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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Philanthropist Lynn Schusterman once stated that “our people represent a tapestry of interwoven identities embodying the rich diversity of what it means to be Jewish.” Similarly, so too does Rhode Island’s Jewish Community Center, the venerable Elmgrove Avenue facility in Providence, which for more than five decades has offered a lovely, interwoven tapestry of Jewish […]


March 23,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

March 23, 2017 THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA PRAISE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FOR ARREST Israeli police announced Thursday that they had arrested an 18-year-old man with dual Israel-U.S. citizenship as the primary suspect for the majority of bomb threats that have been called into Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in 40 U.S. […]


March 10,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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This past Sunday afternoon, roughly 300 individuals braved the bitter cold and powerfully stood together as one at the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to denounce acts of hate that have recently been unleashed. This interfaith Vigil Against Hate, which was organized in response to the recent bomb threat called into our Dwares Jewish Community Center, […]


March 09,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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BY JOSEPHINE MAIDA KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island’s annual LGBTQ Symposium will include a keynote address by renowned Israeli photographer Adi Nes, whose captivating work is inspired by art history and social conscience. Free and open to the public, the featured lecture will take place on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the […]


March 06,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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Some 300 people of varying backgrounds and faiths gathered in the cold Sunday by the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to condemn recent acts of anti-Semitism around the country and share a warm message of unity against hatred. By Tom Mooney Providence Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — Some 300 people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered […]


February 27,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Like many JCCs and Jewish organizations around the country this month, we received a non-credible threatening phone call earlier today. We have worked with the proper authorities and followed all recommended procedures, ensuring the ongoing safety and security of all members of our community. As always, we will maintain communication with appropriate law enforcement agencies […]


February 24,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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Last week’s Boston Jewish Advocate reported that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and now current Broadway icon, might actually have been Jewish. According to University of Oklahoma Professor Andrew Porwancher, Hamilton’s mother converted to Judaism upon her marriage to a Jewish merchant and then changed her name to Rachel […]


February 22,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Sent February 21, 2017: The Jewish Alliance focuses on the safety and security of our community every day. We work to prepare and plan for the unimaginable so that should there be an incident we are ready to respond appropriately. Yesterday, another rash of bomb threats was made to nearly a dozen Jewish communities—all of […]


February 10,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
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The Patriots’ Super Bowl victory constituted a magnificent tableau of perseverance played out over four glorious hours last Sunday night. Given that the Patriots defeated the Falcons, they (and we, by extension) won, and the Falcons and their fans lost. But what if the Patriots were unable to triumph in overtime, let alone in the […]


January 27,2017 | by: Kara Marziali
Innovation

 What is innovation? Does something innovative need to be new? As old fashioned and nostalgic as I am, such does not mean that I do not recognize and embrace innovation. As Richard Lyons said in The Economist, innovation is “fresh thinking that creates value.” And the same mindset can be attributed to the Jewish Alliance. Realizing […]


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