July 06, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

On display at the Dwares JCC in the Salmanson Family Upper Lobby through the summer, this multimedia exhibit tells the story of Jewish men who attended Providence College from its founding through the era of the Second Vatican Council. Through interviews, student publications, and historical context, learn about the groundwork for positive interfaith relations between […]

July 06, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

By Mary MacDonald July 6, 2017 4:45 am   PROVIDENCE – The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Dwares Jewish Community Center recently unveiled a $6 million renovation, which modernized the aging building and created accessibility for people with physical handicaps. The interior changes improved security, improved flow among rooms and updated internal systems, such […]

June 30, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Earlier this month, the Alliance hosted a thought-provoking Leadership Summit for our local synagogues and agencies, which was attended by more than 90 lay and professional leaders from 17 Jewish communal organizations. We gathered to hear nationally renowned guest speaker, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, fascinatingly challenge the status quo of current Jewish institutional leadership and advocate […]

June 19, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

I was young once. But then all of a sudden I became 57. And throughout this past decade I realized that there are very few people younger than I who actually remember collect calls, the mysteries of Sanka, and the sublime pleasures of a mixer. Yet, I grew to understand that the younger inhabitants of […]

June 02, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

Last Wednesday night, the Jewish Alliance proudly dedicated our shining Dwares JCC. The following constitutes excerpts from my speech:   “From our humble beginnings in a house on Benefit Street many, many moons ago, the Bonnie and Donald Dwares JCC has become the central home for Rhode Island’s Jewish communal life, as well as a […]

May 19, 2017 | by: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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 […]

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