Earlier this week we participated in #GivingTuesday–a national day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The idea being that after we eat and spend (and spend again), we celebrate generosity by giving back to the charitable organizations that we hold dear.
This year, the Alliance focused on our Secure Community Campaign–a special fundraising effort to safeguard our community’s day schools, synagogues and congregations, agencies, and institutions.
While the majority of our community’s institutions are safe, there is room for enhancements to overall security practices. To date, we have raised $265,000, but we still have a ways to go. On behalf of the entire Jewish community, I am grateful to all those who have contributed!
The purpose of highlighting security is not to deter anyone from coming out and enjoying all that our robust community has to offer. To the contrary, we value the strength of our community and are committed to extending this feeling of safety to all. In fact, one of our priorities at the Alliance–hand in hand with security–is inclusivity and making everyone feel welcome, whether you’re Jewish, Jew-ish, or not Jewish at all.
As you know, aside from raising money through our annual and supplemental campaigns, we strive to create engaging, impactful, and thought-provoking opportunities for the community to come together. It is to this point that I would like to invite you to Tribe Talk, an upcoming event taking place on December 10 at the Dwares JCC. The series, which is sponsored by The Jewish Voice, will focus on trending news topics through a Jewish lens. I am looking forward to moderating this discussion with our esteemed panelists: Elisabeth Harrison, news director for Rhode Island Public Radio, and Alan Rosenberg, executive editor of the Providence Journal. Topics will include how the media deals with freedom of speech, as well as news coverage of anti-Semitism, Charlottesville and racism. Tribe Talk starts at 10:30am and runs until noon. There is no cost to attend, but a donation of $5 is suggested to cover the cost of a light breakfast. I hope to see you there.
Adam Greenman, President & CEO