May 19,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

In this spring season of holidays and commemorations, perhaps not everyone knows that the great American holiday known as National Employee Appreciation Day occurred on March 3. Given that it is never too late to do the right thing, I will now attempt to rectify such.   With that said, I hereby declare this coming Monday, […]

May 05,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Earlier this week, a well-respected member of our community was publicly and cruelly maligned for his decision to forgo public service in order to hold a Passover Seder in his home. Upon reading these savage words, my colleagues and I, as well as many members of the Jewish community and beyond, were horrified and outraged. Since […]

April 21,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once stated that “Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecution and pogroms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear.” In this era of […]

April 07,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Let all who are hungry come and eat. These words stand the test of time because of the significance we seek to find in them.Year after year they remain unchanged; yet each year’s meaning feels different from the one before. What strikes me differently today than past years? The magnitude of the word ‘all.’ In […]

March 24,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Philanthropist Lynn Schusterman once stated that “our people represent a tapestry of interwoven identities embodying the rich diversity of what it means to be Jewish.” Similarly, so too does Rhode Island’s Jewish Community Center, the venerable Elmgrove Avenue facility in Providence, which for more than five decades has offered a lovely, interwoven tapestry of Jewish […]

March 23,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

March 23, 2017 THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA PRAISE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FOR ARREST Israeli police announced Thursday that they had arrested an 18-year-old man with dual Israel-U.S. citizenship as the primary suspect for the majority of bomb threats that have been called into Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in 40 U.S. […]

March 10,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

This past Sunday afternoon, roughly 300 individuals braved the bitter cold and powerfully stood together as one at the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to denounce acts of hate that have recently been unleashed. This interfaith Vigil Against Hate, which was organized in response to the recent bomb threat called into our Dwares Jewish Community Center, […]

March 09,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

BY JOSEPHINE MAIDA KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island’s annual LGBTQ Symposium will include a keynote address by renowned Israeli photographer Adi Nes, whose captivating work is inspired by art history and social conscience. Free and open to the public, the featured lecture will take place on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the […]

March 06,2017 | by: Kara Marziali

Some 300 people of varying backgrounds and faiths gathered in the cold Sunday by the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to condemn recent acts of anti-Semitism around the country and share a warm message of unity against hatred. By Tom Mooney Providence Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — Some 300 people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered […]

February 27,2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Like many JCCs and Jewish organizations around the country this month, we received a non-credible threatening phone call earlier today. We have worked with the proper authorities and followed all recommended procedures, ensuring the ongoing safety and security of all members of our community. As always, we will maintain communication with appropriate law enforcement agencies […]

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