High temperatures in the teens and 20s. Lows in the single digits. Wind chills registering in the negatives.
When I see a weather forecast like the one we are facing, I can’t help but think of our neighbors who are in need of shelter and those who struggle to pay heating and utility bills. Poverty is a real issue in Rhode Island, and our Jewish community is not immune. At the Alliance, we work with our community partners to combat poverty through initiatives like Living on the Edge, which affords access to programs and services that provide a safety net and promote self-sufficiency.
Additionally, through our partnership with the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, we work as advocates for poverty-alleviation and funding.
I invite you to attend the 10th Annual Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil. The event, spearheaded by the Interfaith Coalition, will kick-off with a short march starting at 2:30pm on Wednesday, January 3, from the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Providence to the State House. Clergy and faith leaders from across the state will convene in the State House Rotunda at 3:00pm to call on elected leaders to govern with care, compassion, and wisdom in the coming year. Additionally, they will propose policies for legislative action in 2018 aimed at reducing poverty in Rhode Island.
Among this year’s speakers will be Rabbi Alan Flam, representing the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, along with Rev. Nikita McCalister, Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, and Rev. Jamie Washam, Pastor of First Baptist Church in America. Additionally, students from the Jewish Community Day School will call together the gathering with the ceremonial blowing of the shofar.
This event is a profound way to observe the New Year and a testament to the unity of the religious leaders and faith communities within our state. You can find more information including times, location, and parking information by clicking this link.
With that, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and warm 2018!
Adam Greenman, President & CEO
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