I hope that everyone had a wonderful and meaningful holiday season! For me, it was both. I had the opportunity to celebrate each holiday with a different congregation throughout the state, and I am so glad I did. The experience showed me the amazing diversity of our community, and the uniqueness of each synagogue.
It was great to begin Rosh Hashanah at Temple Habonim in Barrington, where the community made Aliyot together. Rabbi Klein’s words about social action and social responsibility were powerful, especially following the events in Charlottesville. The second day of Rosh Hashanah took me to Temple Emanu-El in Providence, where Rabbi Franklin and Cantor Mayer were so welcoming. Again, the sermon was powerful, the voices of the Cantor and the choir were beautiful, and the echoes of the shofar off the dome of the temple brought back memories from my childhood.
On Kol Nidre I was welcomed to Temple Beth-El by their community and again heard powerful words and prayed with wonderful friends. And on Yom Kippur, my morning at Congregation Beth Sholom was another reminder about the power of atonement, the power of community, and the reflection that comes from listening to the reading of the Torah.
Each service was unique, each congregation unique, but I was impressed by the common elements that tied all of them together. It is a reminder that while Jewish Rhode Island prides itself on diversity, we are all one community. I look forward to visiting many more congregations in our area over the next several months, and again, I invite all of you to join us at the Alliance.
There are several opportunities to do just that:
An Evening with Jennifer Teege
Sunday, November 5 | 7:00pm | Dwares JCC 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence
This year’s Annual Campaign Event features acclaimed author Jennifer Teege, who wrote the book, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.
This excerpt from her compelling true story will give you an idea of the impact this event has in store for us: “I have entered a chamber of horrors …. Slowly I begin to grasp that the Amon Goeth in the film ‘Schindler’s List’ is not a fictional character, but a person who actually existed in flesh and blood. A man who killed people by the dozens and, what is more, who enjoyed it. My grandfather. I am the granddaughter of a mass murderer.” Click here for more information.
Saturday Night Flavor
Saturday, November 18 | 7:00pm | Dwares JCC 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence
The Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island is offering up a celebration of local food and a tasty evening of study for the Rhode Island community. Saturday Night Flavor will also feature a Marketplace with dozens of local food producers and farmers providing samples to taste and products for purchase.
This event is sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, Farm Fresh RI, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Hope & Main, Jewish Alliance and more. Click here for more information.
I hope to see you all soon, and Shabbat Shalom!
President & CEO
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