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September 24, 2019

The Jewish Alliance seeks your input as we build plans for a stronger more vibrant Jewish future. As we begin our next strategic planning process, we want to hear from you — greater Rhode Island’s Jewish community. Your feedback will help us to better understand the challenges facing our community, and the hopes we all […]


September 06, 2019

Dear Friend, As we transition to autumn, there is a sense of renewal in the air.  The last week has signified the beginning of a new school year and the return to familiar routines, and in the next few weeks, preparations for Rosh Hashanah and the New Year — allowing us to reflect on the past […]


June 06, 2019

A joint statement in support of Pride Month From the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island and Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, June 6, 2019 —The month of June is observed as Pride Month in memory of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969. In that event, members […]


May 03, 2019

Dear Friend: Last weekend was supposed to be a joyous one. Although the end of Passover should have been full of happiness, yet another shooting at a Jewish house of worship took that from us. As I learned about the victims, my heart fell further. At the Alliance, we immediately began thinking about the safety […]


April 19, 2019

Passover begins this evening, and Jews across the world will gather around Seder tables to tell the story of our exodus from Egypt. I am always amazed at how relevant that retelling is each year, and how its teachings parallel events in the present day. The plight of the Jewish people makes me think of […]


March 25, 2019

A Vigil of Solidarity for the recently desecrated Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River will take place on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30pm at the cemetery, located at 73 McMahon St., Fall River.  The vigil will be led by Rabbi Mark Elber and Cantor Shoshanna Brown. Those in attendance will include members of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities as well as […]


March 15, 2019

The Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Alliance are saddened, shocked, and outraged by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand today in which at least 49 people were murdered and scores more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques. We understand the shared grief that comes with an attack on a […]


November 30, 2018

Dear Friends, As the season changes, and we move from autumn to winter, the colder weather ushers in Hanukkah and the festival of lights. While gift giving is connected with Hanukkah, I want to take a moment to celebrate the amazing outpouring from this past Tuesday as part of what we called “Giving Chai Day” (or […]


November 02, 2018

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

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 […]


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