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October 19, 2018

Dear Friends, It is difficult to watch the news these days. In today’s political climate, it seems every campaign advertisement is focused on tearing us apart and telling us what is wrong with the opposing party or candidate. Even social media platforms are increasingly contentious and toxic. By the time you read this, I’ll be in […]


September 28, 2018

Dear Friends, As the new year kicks-off, so too does the Alliance’s Annual Campaign, and I wanted to share how humbled and grateful I am for the generosity of our greater Rhode Island community. Over the last few weeks, I have witnessed first-hand the spirit of giving that exists throughout the state. In mid-September, our […]


August 31, 2018

Dear Friends, As a community, we are at our strongest when we come together as one. Whether that means standing up against injustice or wrongdoing, working with our partners to tackle an issue of common concern, or coming together to make a lasting impact. When we come together, we exemplify the power of our collective […]


August 17, 2018

Dear Friends, This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of protesters descending on Charlottesville, Virginia. While I’m keenly aware that hate exists, I cannot recall an instance in my lifetime when it so blatantly took to the streets of America. Images of crowds carrying torches, wearing swastikas, and brandishing semi-automatic rifles while chanting slogans like […]


July 27, 2018

Dear Friends, Last week Jamie Pious, Alliance Vice Chair of Philanthropy, and I had the honor of joining 130 colleagues from around the United States and Canada on a tour of programming in Berlin and Budapest sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America. It is often difficult to articulate the impact of our overseas programming […]


July 13, 2018

Dear Friends, June 30, 2018 marked the close of the 2018 Alliance Annual Campaign. We are happy to report that the Campaign closed at $3.12 million dollars, an increase of approximately $60,000 over last year. While we often use the metric of ‘dollars raised’ to measure the success of the Campaign, what’s truly impressive is […]


June 29, 2018

Dear Friends, There’s no better indicator that it’s summertime in Rhode Island than seeing the Dwares JCC filled with Summer J-Campers. As a parent and former educator, I can attest to the need for children to experience continuous learning during the summer months. Aside from working parents needing to find care for their children, the […]


June 21, 2018

Dear Friends, Like many of you, we at the Jewish Alliance are deeply concerned about the policies related to splitting up families as they seek asylum in the United States. Although the administration signed a temporary Executive Order putting an end to this policy, it is unclear how such a change will be implemented and […]


June 15, 2018

Dear Friends, This past Wednesday evening, the Jewish Alliance celebrated its seventh Annual Meeting. For those who weren’t able to attend, I’ve included my remarks below. You can also visit our Facebook page to see portions of the event that were live streamed including the presentation of the Joseph W. Ress Community Service Award to Rabbi Wayne […]


June 01, 2018

Dear Friends, All you have to do is turn on the news to witness the pervasive epidemic of harassment gripping our society. The list of high-profile individuals being accused of lewd and lascivious acts grows by the week. And just days ago lines were drawn and repercussions swift after a celebrity’s racist and insensitive (and […]


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