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December 04,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

When Hanukkah begins this Sunday night, I will exhibit great personal willpower and eat only one deliciously oily potato latke. Even I would not consider such personal willpower to be a Hanukkah miracle. (It is more like a Maccabean struggle to maintain my current diet.) But we would not be celebrating our annual eight-day Festival of […]


| by: Brian Sullivan

Watch the video to learn more about the work of the Jewish Alliance along with some of our local and global partner agencies: The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island Annual Campaign from Jewish Alliance on Vimeo. Click here to learn more about the Alliance Annual Campaign.


November 20,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

I recently returned from the most impactful trip of my lifetime–that being the Alliance Interfaith Community Leaders Mission to Israel. Although I will write much more about my tremendous experience in next week’s edition of the Jewish Voice, today I wanted to introduce you to my new terrific young friend and protector, Gad, who served […]


November 19,2015 | by: Brian Sullivan

Rabbi Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” We, as Jews are empathetic with the plight of the innocent victims of the escalating violence in Syria. We must demonstrate compassion and understanding. Times like these […]


November 06,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

    Beginning Sunday night, I have the honor of co-leading the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island Community Interfaith Leadership Mission to Israel. The last interfaith trip to the Holy Land was more than 10 years ago in 2005.     Excitement, not trepidation, dominates my emotions as our group of 19 governmental officials, […]


October 23,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

George Bernard Shaw once stated that hatred is “the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” How unfortunately true and prophetic! While the people of Israel are forced yet again to withstand and defend against random, senseless acts of murderous violence, we in Rhode Islandare confronting religious and racial loathing literally at our front doors. Last Thursday morning, 21 […]


October 22,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

By Edward Fitzpatrick, Providence Journal Columnist Oct. 21, 2015 If those who dropped anti-Semitic and racist leaflets on Providence’s East Side expected to create divisions, I’ve got news for them: It’s bringing people together. If they expected to sow hatred, they should know that bigotry won’t take root here. Last week, someone dropped at least 22 […]


| by: Kara Marziali

By Fran Ostendorf The national Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has recognized the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Community Relations Council with a program excellence award for its work on the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty. Each year, the award is given to a CRC that successfully implements exemplary programs that […]


October 09,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

A caring, hamesh Jewish community is one whose stakeholders proactively collaborate together, most significantly for the betterment of its vulnerable. This statement captures the essence of our greater Rhode Island Jewish community.  Here is one beautifully illustrative example.  Our seniors, especially those isolated and living on their own, need support during any weather related emergency. […]


September 25,2015 | by: Kara Marziali

During this past Yom Kippur morning service,  I was tremendously moved by the following prayer (whose attribution I am unable to credit) that I am sharing with you in its entirety. The prayer contains valuable takeaways and is instructive for all of us to become better than we ever dreamed possible. Where Holiness Can Be […]


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