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July 15,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Recently I had the great pleasure of visiting Camp JORI on Wordens Pond in Wakefield, RI.  Although the weather that day was hot and humid, the JORI waterfront, ball fields and bunks were glistening, and the camp atmosphere was positively electric.  I loved eating lunch surrounded by the ecstatically happy children and counselors.  I have also […]


July 13,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

Learn more about this year’s Shabbaton! My name is Matthew Fleischmann, I have been a stakeholder of (401)j for about two years now, and the connections and community built through this group have been incredible. So what is Shabbaton? Part of my experience was attending the first Shabbaton last year, held at Camp JORI. So […]


July 01,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

This coming Monday, America marks its 340th birthday. To celebrate this holiday weekend, many of us will spend fun, quality time with our families at beaches, cookouts, and parades. But one needs to also remember that July 4th commemorates our country’s independence from England’s imperial government in the 1700’s (and not from Brexit in 2016!). […]


June 17,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Two nights ago at the Alliance Annual Meeting, all in attendance stood in a moment of silence to remember and honor the scores of innocents who were senselessly murdered and injured at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Thereafter, I saluted the power and inclusivity of our greater Rhode Island Jewish community, one which not only supports, comforts, […]


June 07,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

The Jewish Alliance’s 31st Annual Dwares JCC Golf Classic was held yesterday at the Alpine Country Club. Thank you to the sponsors* and golfers whose continued support of the Dwares JCC and its programs are invaluable. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to: help fund life-enriching programs and services; ensure strong Jewish identities for […]


June 03,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

In 1976, I proudly served as co-head of my high school’s Jewish Student Union (JSU). The JSU organized weekly Friday night services, sponsored a Sunday bagel breakfast, and dances a few times during the year to ensure that a supportive safe haven was provided for the Jewish students. My dear lifetime buddy, Joe Tatelbaum, and […]


May 25,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

From the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island: On Monday, May 23, a day after an anti-Semitic act of vandalism in Pawtucket, Stebbins Stadium in Cranston was littered with spray paint graffiti. The messages were hateful. It included swastika symbols as well as hate directed to Muslim and African […]


May 22,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

Late Saturday evening or Sunday morning, a swastika was painted on the Kollel sign on the grounds of Congregation Ohawe Sholam in Pawtucket located on East Avenue. The Pawtucket Police were immediately contacted as was the Mayor of Pawtucket, Donald Grebien. A year and a half ago a swastika was spray painted at the bus […]


May 20,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Two weeks ago today, the Jewish Alliance commemorated Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, at our community’s Holocaust Memorial in downtown Providence. On that cloudy, cold, gray morning, I declared, “Never forget,” and I further spoke how appropriate it was that the weather made us feel uncomfortable. How ironic that I would be traveling the very […]


May 19,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

IsraAid, an Israel-based NGO, sent a team to help 90,000 displaced people after a massive wildfire devastated a region in the western province of Alberta.  For over a decade, IsraAid, an Israel-based non-profit, non-governmental organization has provided life-saving disaster relief and long-term support in crisis all over the world. For the first time, it is deploying a team […]


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