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April 13, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, This week and next, a delegation of Rhode Island teens is experiencing March of the Living 2018. This annual educational program brings individuals from around the world to Poland and Israel with the goal of inspiring participants to fight indifference, racism, and injustice by witnessing the atrocities of the Holocaust. The hope is that the […]


April 10, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

By Tslil Reichman Yom in Hebrew means day—just a regular, random day. But when you add a powerful word after it, it can change from just a day to something more meaningful: Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Due to different events that have occurred throughout my life, these days, the “Yoms,” have become the most […]


March 23, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, Spring is here–and so are the ups and downs of March weather! Despite a close call with snow this week, I love spring for a variety of reasons. With its arrival comes a sense of renewal, the start of warmer weather, and the return of baseball to name a few. The start of […]


March 09, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends, For the past several months the Alliance has been hosting a variety of events leading up to the momentous 70th birthday of Israel. I can’t think of a better way to cap off this season-long celebration than with a 10-day community mission to Israel taking place October 15 – 23, 2018. Whether it’s […]


February 23, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

The following open letter to the community appeared in the February 16 issue of “The Jewish Voice.” I am sharing this with you again because I believe in its importance and want to ensure as many people as possible in our Jewish community and beyond see this. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, […]


February 09, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: As the Alliance begins the process of implementing our new strategic plan–which includes themes of innovation–I thought it would be great to highlight examples of innovation from within our Jewish community. While there are certainly many local examples to choose from, I’m pleased to share with you three innovative programs focused specifically on […]


January 26, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Last week, a video clip surfaced showing the now-retired principal of Bishop Hendricken High School making racially charged and anti-Semitic comments. Of course, I feel that comments of this nature are unacceptable and should never be tolerated, especially when made by a high-profile educator. At the Alliance, we are uniquely positioned to work […]


January 12, 2018 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Often in the United States, we only get to see Israel through the political lens. As I learned when I visited Israel two years ago, it is a country with a vibrant culture, amazing art, and business innovation that is far ahead […]


December 29, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: High temperatures in the teens and 20s. Lows in the single digits. Wind chills registering in the negatives. When I see a weather forecast like the one we are facing, I can’t help but think of our neighbors who are in need of shelter and those who struggle to pay heating and utility […]


December 15, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Here I am, on the third night of Hanukkah, sitting next to a lit hanukkiah writing this week’s Shabbat message. This hanukkiah was purchased in 2015 when I participated in the Jewish Alliance’s mission to Israel. I would have never guessed at the time, that just two years later, I’d be charged with leading that same organization. […]


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