July 11, 2014

Kidnappings. Revenge. Fanatic nationalism. Terrorism. Innocent, young lives lost and families destroyed. Israeli and Palestinian parents unthinkably united by personal devastation. Long range rocket barrages. The mobilization of ground troops. Sirens. Bomb shelters. Evacuations. Destruction. And Trauma. A mere several weekends ago, my daughter was sunbathing on Gordon Beach in Tel Aviv and reveling in […]

June 30, 2014

The Rhode Island Jewish community joins the global Jewish community in a state of mourning over the tragic deaths of Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), Eyal Yifrah (19). Hours ago, Israeli media announced that the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens have been found in an open field north of Hebron. It is confirmed […]

June 27, 2014

One week from now, many of us will be commemorating the 238th anniversary of our country, with all the barbeques, strawberry shortcake, and fireworks that accompany America’s birthday celebration. Some of us, however, assuredly will not. Our Living on the Edge community study indicated that one out of every two Greater Rhode Island Jewish households […]

June 13, 2014

Ah, this father’s pride remains at an all-time high. Last month, my younger daughter Chloe co-starred in a community theater production of “Fiddler on the Roof” as Tevye’s middle daughter Chava. “Fiddler” has always resonated with me because all four of my grandparents fled from the Ukraine and seemingly lived the story of Tevye, Golde, […]

May 30, 2014

William Shakespeare famously wrote that “All the world’s a stage.” Not wanting to contradict the great bard himself, I am excited to report that I will be co-starring with my Temple Am David friends Mikki Silverman, Harold LaBush, and Sharon Sock, in the Rhode Island premiere of the musical comedy “The Strudel Lady” this Sunday […]

May 19, 2014

“Remembering our past, living the present, and marching into the future.”  These words so beautifully capture the life-transforming experience that is the March of the Living. This year, 10,000 high school juniors and seniors from over 40 countries participated in the March. This profound, intense, and rewarding two-week exploration commences in Poland at the death […]

May 02, 2014

This past Sunday afternoon, I attended a stirring Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial) program of prayer, song and celebration at a standing room only Temple Emanu-El in Providence. Magnificently led by Rabbi Wayne Franklin and Cantor Brian Mayer, the interfaith program featured powerful musical choral performances from the Central Congregational Church, the Beneficent Church, the Providence […]

April 18, 2014

Chag Sameach friends and colleagues. I hope your Seders were terrific and meaningful. We must never take for granted the sacrifices made by our ancestors who made the historically transformative exodus out of Egypt in order to achieve freedom from oppression. Yes, Moses led the journey, but God was responsible for parting the Red Sea, […]

April 04, 2014

Deep down, aren’t we all journalists in some respect? Each of us collects our daily experiences and reports them in some manner, whether via email, social media, face-to-face conversations, or that antiquated communication vehicle, the telephone. Many of us would also love to channel our inner Woodward and Bernsteins but perhaps do not realize that […]

March 21, 2014

March 18 is always my most difficult day of the year, for this is the anniversary date of my father’s death.  My father died 19 years ago, and although almost two decades have elapsed, I still have trouble accepting the loss of my number one ally and role model. A man so invincibly vital, handsome, […]

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Shabbat Shalom From the President 03.21.14

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