In just a few days a group of 20 members of our Rhode Island community will be heading to Israel to show solidarity with the Israeli people during this difficult time. They will be seeing first-hand the impact that our community has made in raising over $1 million through our Israel Emergency Fund. While in Israel, they’ll be visiting with victims of the October 7 terror attacks, volunteering with organizations supporting those that have been displaced by the war and paying their respects to those who died tragically on October 7.

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

Perhaps most importantly though, the group will have the opportunity to demonstrate to those we meet in Israel, the citizens affected by October 7, that we stand with them. That we have a shared humanity that cannot be lost or broken amidst this tragedy. I look forward to the opportunities members of the group will have to share their stories with all of us when they get back, and you’ll be able to find those reflections in Jewish Rhode Island and other places as well. I wish them safe travels.

While I would normally join such an impactful mission like this one, I won’t be able to this time. At the end of the month, I’ll be having surgery on my hip which has been bothering me for a long time. I wanted to share this with you today, because it means that this will be my last Shabbat message for about a month or so, and I didn’t want you to be wondering why. I look forward to a quick recovery and being back in your inboxes soon!

Shabbat Shalom,
Adam Greenman
President & CEO