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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 […]


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 […]


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Shabbat Shalom: From the President 07.28.17

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