Our community has talked a lot about antisemitism in the last few years, and with good reason. It is clear from data that antisemitism has risen dramatically across the country and here in Rhode Island. And the Alliance has been working hard to combat that trend, working with partners and government to address antisemitism when it happens. Today, I’m excited to announce a proactive strategy that focuses on the good, and not the bad.

At the Alliance, we believe strongly that one of the best ways to combat antisemitism is to give people a chance to engage with our community. And it’s why I’m proud to announce to you all today the inaugural Jewish Culture Fest, scheduled for Sunday, June 2, from 11:00am – 6:30pm at the Dwares JCC in Providence. We will bring people together from across Rhode Island to celebrate all we love about being Jewish. The music, dance, art, comedy, and, of course, the food.

Click here to the read the transcribed version of the Shabbat message.

While I hope everyone from across the Jewish community will join us, I hope each of you will invite at least one friend who does not identify as Jewish. By giving others the opportunity to learn more about our culture, we have an opportunity to educate, and to better connect people to who we are. It is a lot harder to hate people when you have a better understanding of who they are, and that’s our goal.

For more information about the festival, click here. In times like this there are those who would prefer we close ourselves off to the larger community, but as Pirkei Avot tells us, do not separate from community. By opening ourselves up to others, we demonstrate our shared values and show people what it truly means to celebrate being Jewish. I hope you’ll put June 2 on your calendar and join us!

Until next time, I wish you a safe, peaceful, and joyous Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom,
Adam Greenman
President & CEO