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November 21,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

By Seth Finkle Recently, I returned from a professional development trip to Israel. This trip is part of the Merrin Fellowship for Teen Engagement that I was chosen for more than a year ago. This fellowship is for JCC professionals who work with teens. The program includes 18 months of webinars, project development, and four […]


November 17,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends: Food for thought–or perhaps more fitting, food AND thought. Few things bring people together quite like food. While most of us will be gathering around the Thanksgiving table next week, the Board of Rabbis is giving us the opportunity to gather around the communal table first. Tomorrow evening, the Board of Rabbis, along […]


November 03,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends: I’d like to focus this week’s message on a topic of great personal importance to me: baseball. It may seem like too light a topic to write about considering the events that have taken place in recent days–but, perhaps, all the more reason. Baseball is about family. It’s about connection–a common thread among […]


October 20,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends:   I hope that everyone had a wonderful and meaningful holiday season! For me, it was both. I had the opportunity to celebrate each holiday with a different congregation throughout the state, and I am so glad I did. The experience showed me the amazing diversity of our community, and the uniqueness of […]


September 29,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends:   My last Shabbat message focused on the importance of reflection and renewal. And now, as we head into Yom Kippur—the holiest of days on the Jewish calendar—I have been thinking a lot about the connection between repentance and self-improvement.  In a recent email, a colleague of mine said: This year, Yom Kippur […]


September 15,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends:   While Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the new Jewish year, it’s the preceding month of Elul that’s known as a time of thoughtful reflection. As a child I was taught that this time of personal atonement and reflection is profound, and, when done properly, can lead to great healing and growth. […]


September 07,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island strongly oppose the Administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, revoking protections for nearly 800,000 people who are now at risk of deportation. The Jewish community has a long history of active engagement in […]


September 01,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Dear Friends:   As any parent of school-aged children knows, this is a busy time of year. On Tuesday, we sent our girls off to kindergarten and third grade, leaving my wife and me thinking about how fast the time goes. As President and CEO of the Jewish Alliance, I am quickly learning that this […]


August 21,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

by Michelle Cicchitelli, Vice President of Programming For the past five years, I have been the project manager for the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial working alongside my friend, Herb Stern, who chaired a committee of volunteers to help lead the charge. The Memorial was dedicated in August 2015, and since then, thousands of people have walked through the […]


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 […]


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