May 06,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

In 2012, my friend Maxine Richman invited me to attend the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition’s Conference to Reduce Poverty. I was so moved by how dire our local economic conditions had become. At the same time, my friend Alan Hassenfeld challenged me to explore the depth of poverty and vulnerability that he sensed was paralyzing […]

April 22,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

The Rabbinical Assembly, an international association of Conservative Rabbis, recently adopted ateshuvah (ruling) permitting Ashkenazi Jews to eat kitniyot (e.g., rice, corn, and legumes) during the upcoming Pesach holiday. Rabbi Amy Levin, the distinguished former rabbi of Temple Torat Yisrael and former head of the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis, was a co-drafter of this teshuvah. In a […]

April 08,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Happily, baseball season has finally begun. For the next seven months, our boys in those iconic red “sox” (spare me about those boys in pinstripes!) shall begin their marathon to reclaim the World Series championship after two seasons in the basement. Headline-making, individual accomplishments will be achieved, and records shall be broken. So, too, shall […]

March 25,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

I simply cannot make sense of the horrendous events which are transpiring throughout the world on a daily basis. The heinous, vicious Brussels bombings constituted the latest murderous terrorist attacks that have occurred internationally. How many more innocent lives incomprehensibly will be lost or forever altered? And just last week, someone cowardly desecrated a Brown […]

March 20,2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island strongly condemns the anti-Semitic and homophobic vandalism that was recently perpetrated at Brown University. We stand with our partner and friends at Brown RISD Hillel in saying that this kind of hateful conduct is unacceptable. We applaud the Brown administrators and the Department of Public Safety for their immediate […]

March 11,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Last Shabbat, my wife and I attended our cousin’s truly lovely Bar Mitzvah. In my mind, B’nai Mitzvah constitute the most unique and sentimental moments imaginable. Where else can a Jewish child show appreciation to the people who provide him/her with unconditional love, support and guidance? Not surprisingly, my mind wandered to my own Bar […]

February 26,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

If the Gershwin brothers were alive today, they might have written the lyrics to one of their classic songs as follows: “You say Sanders, and I say Clinton. You say Donald, and I say Marco. Marco, Donald, Clinton, Sanders…Let’s call the whole thing off.” But guess what? We cannot, nor should we. In our American […]

February 17,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Washington Trust, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island, kicked off the opening of its 21st branch at 229 Waterman Street on the historic East Side of Providence, Rhode Island with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, February 3rd. Washington Trust Chairman and CEO Joseph MarcAurele and President and COO Edward “Ned” Handy were joined by […]

February 12,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

My family has become extremely close with a most remarkable and observant man, Harry Jankelle. Harry, who is 97 years young, was a WWII veteran and a pharmacist, and is the most loving father and grandfather imaginable. He had one final wish to fulfill while still healthy enough to do so. Harry wanted to return […]

January 29,2016 | by: Kara Marziali

Age is a relatively funny concept, isn’t it? Once upon a time I was 18, and now all of a sudden I am 56. Fifty-six is now the new 36, or at least I would like to think so. Yet truth be told, industry titans like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Abigail Johnson are still […]

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