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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
Providence Hebrew Day School is “making good even better” this year with innovations from administrators and teachers. Classes began on Aug. 28 with 163 excited students eager to … more
This year’s Israel Culture Series opens with a screening of “The Policeman,” a film classic that has influenced Israeli cinema for the past several decades. Directed by the … more
At the Jewish Alliance, we are often asked where the dollars raised by the Annual Campaign go. Many understand that the funds are used to help the Jewish community in Rhode Island as well as in … more
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