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Four Rhode Island congregations will observe a Refugee Shabbat on Oct. 19-20.    Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim and Temple Sinai are part of the HIAS Welcome … more
Of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships … more
Members of the Aquidneck Island Jewish community (Newport Havurah, Temple Shalom and Touro Synagogue) recently prepared shopping bags for its annual community High Holy Day food … more
On Sept. 19, members of (401)j gathered at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence to break the fast. Pictured are: Back row (left to right): Jeremy Poster (board … more
As part of an evening celebrating people who have acted as bridges to link diverse communities, Rabbi Wayne M. Franklin of Temple Emanu-El in Providence received a lifetime achievement award on Oct. 4 from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Franklin was singled out by the council for his “more than three decades of service as a faith leader, educator and advocate for civic dialogues.” Council board chair Touba Ghadessi said in giving him the award: “We will find common ground” through such work. more
What do four strangers, three faiths and social media have in common? Mohammed Al Samawi. Who is he and what is his story? You can find out on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. as the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island hosts Al Samawi at the Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence. Come hear Al Samawi talk about his incredible journey from hatred to tolerance at the 2019 Annual Campaign event, co-chaired by Marisa Garber and Dan Gamm. Al Samawi’s book, “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” will soon be made into a major motion picture by “La-La Land” producer Marc Platt. more
The founding members of Temple Sinai, in Cranston, each had individual reasons for taking the first steps, but they were united in one goal: starting a Reform temple that would serve the growing Rhode Island Jewish population outside of Providence. Their determined efforts were successful: On Saturday, Nov. 3, Temple Sinai will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a gala event. more
QUESTION: What is the weirdest outfit a family has requested? T.J., London, England   Dear T.J., Traditionally, Jewish people are buried in a shroud, which is a white linen shirt and … more
PROVIDENCE – Are you affiliated with a Jewish nonprofit organization in need of grant funds?  If so, consider submitting a grant request to the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt … more
This is the second article in a series leading up to the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. I live in the present, and yet I am writing about a time that happened 80 years ago, a time before I … more
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