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November 02, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, It is impossible to share the full range of emotions I have felt over the last week. At this time last Friday I had just returned from a week-long trip to Israel with more than 3,000 Jewish Federation volunteers and professionals. I felt the tremendous pride and joy and wonder that always accompanies […]


October 28, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, We are all shocked and saddened by yesterday’s mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims of this senseless attack, to their families, and to all those affected. If anyone in our community has been personally affected by this tragedy, we offer you our […]


October 19, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, It is difficult to watch the news these days. In today’s political climate, it seems every campaign advertisement is focused on tearing us apart and telling us what is wrong with the opposing party or candidate. Even social media platforms are increasingly contentious and toxic. By the time you read this, I’ll be in […]


September 28, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, As the new year kicks-off, so too does the Alliance’s Annual Campaign, and I wanted to share how humbled and grateful I am for the generosity of our greater Rhode Island community. Over the last few weeks, I have witnessed first-hand the spirit of giving that exists throughout the state. In mid-September, our […]


August 31, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, As a community, we are at our strongest when we come together as one. Whether that means standing up against injustice or wrongdoing, working with our partners to tackle an issue of common concern, or coming together to make a lasting impact. When we come together, we exemplify the power of our collective […]


August 17, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of protesters descending on Charlottesville, Virginia. While I’m keenly aware that hate exists, I cannot recall an instance in my lifetime when it so blatantly took to the streets of America. Images of crowds carrying torches, wearing swastikas, and brandishing semi-automatic rifles while chanting slogans like […]


July 27, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, Last week Jamie Pious, Alliance Vice Chair of Philanthropy, and I had the honor of joining 130 colleagues from around the United States and Canada on a tour of programming in Berlin and Budapest sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America. It is often difficult to articulate the impact of our overseas programming […]


July 13, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, June 30, 2018 marked the close of the 2018 Alliance Annual Campaign. We are happy to report that the Campaign closed at $3.12 million dollars, an increase of approximately $60,000 over last year. While we often use the metric of ‘dollars raised’ to measure the success of the Campaign, what’s truly impressive is […]


June 29, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, There’s no better indicator that it’s summertime in Rhode Island than seeing the Dwares JCC filled with Summer J-Campers. As a parent and former educator, I can attest to the need for children to experience continuous learning during the summer months. Aside from working parents needing to find care for their children, the […]


June 21, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, Like many of you, we at the Jewish Alliance are deeply concerned about the policies related to splitting up families as they seek asylum in the United States. Although the administration signed a temporary Executive Order putting an end to this policy, it is unclear how such a change will be implemented and […]


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