December 02,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

In writing about this season’s new hit television show, “This Is Us”, Boston Globe critic Matthew Gilbert writes that the program’s fictional family members are desperately looking for some healing, and as such, “are interconnected, whether they like it or not.  Our country, alas, is in the same place, divided and yet stuck with one […]

November 18,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Our country, let alone our world at large, desperately needs opportunities to experience spiritual and intellectual restoration. One of the most impactful ways to unite and heal collectively is through classroom and experiential learning. This Sunday afternoon, we have the opportunity to study and participate together at the 2016 Global Day of Jewish Learning, which […]

November 14,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

Last Tuesday, the citizens of our great state and nation elected officials to lead us with wisdom and compassion and to guide and properly shape our country. The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island congratulates all who were victorious including President-Elect Donald J. Trump.  We also thank those who ran […]

November 04,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

In June, 1996, former Israeli President Shimon Peres z”l,  commented about the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace stating, “For peace, one must remember: As a bird cannot fly with one wing, as a man cannot applaud with one hand, so a country cannot make peace just with one side, with itself. For peace, we need the two of […]

October 21,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

We, as Jews, are a people of both collective and personal memory. We recall our Exodus from Egypt, and we remember departed parents, grandparents, and friends. Memory is such a powerful tool. As we approach the end of this High Holiday period of reflection, I once again present the following words written by Rabbi Jack Reimer, which […]

October 07,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

During these Days of Awe, many of us are reflecting upon all that has transpired since last Yom Kippur, 5776. My most immediate reflections take me back to the wonderfully inspiring members of the Jewish community of Havana, Cuba, with whom my fellow mission-goers and I had the distinct pleasure of spending quality time prior to […]

September 28,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

A statement from Jewish Federations of North America: Jewish Federations deeply mourn the passing of Shimon Peres, z”l, universally recognized as one of Israel’s greatest leaders and one of North American Jewry’s closest Israeli friends. A member of Israel’s founding generation, an eloquent spokesperson for his country and a strong advocate for Jewish peoplehood, Peres was […]

September 23,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Greetings from Havana, where I am leading an Alliance mission through the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee). We are experiencing the Jewish community and other facets of this complex and fascinating country. Since the Cuban government eased its restrictions on religious freedoms in 1991, JDC has been working with the community, providing food and supplies as […]

September 15,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

With the High Holy Days right around the corner, Larry Katz, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Alliance,  has compiled additional resources for this site. Check out the web page dedicated to the Holidays of the Month of Tishrei under the Jewish Resources tab. You’ll find information about the High Holy Days, links to resources and […]

September 09,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

During the next several months, each of us has the opportunity to participate in two Super Sundays. One will take place February 5, 2017 when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will travel to Texas to reclaim their Super Bowl title. The other will be right here in Rhode Island on September 18, 2016. […]

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