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December 01, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Dear Friends: Earlier this week we participated in #GivingTuesday–a national day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The idea being that after we eat and spend (and spend again), we celebrate generosity by giving back to the charitable organizations that we hold dear. This year, the Alliance focused […]


November 28, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

November 29, 1947 is the day on which the United Nations voted to partition the Land of Israel between the Jews and Arabs. This was a very momentous occasion that my mother and others of her generation well remember, even 70 years later. Vintage footage of the vote will probably be all over the news […]


November 28, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

At the Jewish Alliance, we are committed to the safety and security of our entire community. This is why we have embarked on a Community Security Campaign — to safeguard our day schools, synagogues and congregations, agencies, and institutions. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your help. Funds raised through this special campaign, in […]


November 21, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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 […]


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