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June 03, 2016 | by: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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 […]


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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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: Brian Sullivan

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 […]


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Jewish Alliance statement on Brown University Vandalism

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