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The Czech Torah scrolls PDF Print E-mail
By Irina Missiuro   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:56

The Torah scroll at the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of R.I., donated by  Dr. Richard and Lynn Glick honors the Czech victims who saved it but lost their lives. /HERCRIThe Torah scroll at the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of R.I., donated by Dr. Richard and Lynn Glick honors the Czech victims who saved it but lost their lives. /HERCRIDuring World War II, the Nazis permitted Prague’s Jews to sort, classify and catalog the Jewish Museum’s Torah scrolls, which were part of a collection that contained numerous ceremonial objects. Sadly, before they could finish the task, the Jews were deported to death camps, where all but two died. Unlike the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the Torah scrolls survived.

Moved from the (renamed) State Jewish Museum to Michele Synagogue, they remained there in danger of perishing akin to their prior caretakers. In order to maintain proper form, the scrolls must be rolled on a regular basis. Since that’s not easy to do with more than 1,500 Torahs, something had to be invented to save them from decay.

 
JDC takes you behind the headlines of the crisis in Ukraine PDF Print E-mail
By OFER GLANZ   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:54

The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) ensures  the well-being of vulnerable Jews in Ukraine. /JDCThe Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) ensures the well-being of vulnerable Jews in Ukraine. /JDCAs we have all witnessed in the past two weeks, following the annexation of the Crimea, pro-Russian protests and activities has intensified in the eastern parts of Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists stormed and captured district and municipal administration buildings and state security offices. The Jewish population is also concerned by increasing number of incidents which have anti-Semitic language and appearance, where some of the incidents are bringing back the memories of past times of terror and persecution.

 

 
Beth-El’s design remains a fine example of Modernism PDF Print E-mail
By George M. Goodwin   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:52

The temple’s outside foyer includes figurative mosaics by Walter Feldman. /Judy MoseleyThe temple’s outside foyer includes figurative mosaics by Walter Feldman. /Judy MoseleyWhen dedicated 60 years ago, Temple Beth-El was one of the first examples of modern synagogue architecture in New England. Lovingly preserved, it remains one of the finest.

During the early 1940s when planning began for the congregation’s third home, on Orchard Avenue, clergy and lay leaders were unsure whether to seek a traditional or more adventurous design. Rabbi William G. Braude led an extensive search for both an appropriate style and an architect, which, with board approval, culminated in 1947 with the selection of Percival Goodman. A professor of architecture at Columbia University, he had recent synagogue-building experience and was eager for a similar commission (despite the fact that he was never an observant Jew).

 
Boost the community with innovative new crowdfunding website PDF Print E-mail
By Alex Gaines   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:50

altaltThe internet and social media have redefined our lives in many ways over the past few years. One of the great innovations to arise from these technologies is the process of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding websites, like the popular Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com, feature individual projects looking to raise enough money to meet a predefined goal. Crowdfunding thrives on transparency and engagement by explaining to the funder how and why the listed project exists without requiring any minimum donation or giving to the organization. Instead, every funder–large and small–has the opportunity to support a specific cause and can learn about the team they’re supporting to produce their project.

 

 
R.I. Teens join March of the Living PDF Print E-mail
By Jewish Voice Staff   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:49

RI delegates are (left to right): Candace Powning, Makenna Kobrin, Miriam Heath, Nili Levine, Alexis Kutenplon–Rayess, Ben Harpel, Julie Penn, Kevin Sock and Ariel Warren (from Sharon, Mass.). Not present: Jesse Brenman. /Matan GraffRI delegates are (left to right): Candace Powning, Makenna Kobrin, Miriam Heath, Nili Levine, Alexis Kutenplon–Rayess, Ben Harpel, Julie Penn, Kevin Sock and Ariel Warren (from Sharon, Mass.). Not present: Jesse Brenman. /Matan GraffOn April 28, thousands of Jewish teens, from 40 countries around the world, will share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they march 4.8 miles from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. The greater Rhode Island community is sending nine teenagers on this trip. The New England delegation includes 41 people from Rhode Island, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and Boston. Survivor Siegmund Listwa, accompanied by his son and nephew, will be going on his second March of the Living trip prepared to educate and join in with the teens as they march to the camp where he once lived.

 

 
JCDSRI’s Professional Learning Community takes on Project-Based Learning PDF Print E-mail
By JAMIE FAITH WOODS   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:47

Project-Based Learning is a growing trend in schools today.Project-Based Learning is a growing trend in schools today.A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of thoughtful educators who meet together regularly to deepen their educational practices through intentional and close examination and reflection, to work to improve the overall quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms, to examine problems of practice and teaching dilemmas and to strive to ensure their practices are demonstrative of their educational philosophies.

 

 
JFS brings seders to seniors PDF Print E-mail
By Kara Marziali   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:45

More than 100 community members participated in the  model Seder on April 4. /Wendy JoeringMore than 100 community members participated in the model Seder on April 4. /Wendy JoeringWhy is this night different from all other nights?

It’s the question asked at every Passover Seder – usually by the youngest person at the table.

On April 4, at a model Seder sponsored by Jewish Family Service (JFS) and held at Temple Am David, it was asked instead by Wendy Joering, the community concierge for the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. As a volunteer (and the youngest person) at the Seder, Joering knows that this type of community Seder was different from most others.

For more than 25 years, JFS has been holding Seders for senior citizens and people with disabilities in greater Rhode Island. Families were encouraged to attend the Seder meal, so several of the elderly participants were surrounded by their children and even a grandchild. Some modifications were made with the population in mind. For example, the Seder lasted a bit more than two hours instead of the usual four or more.

 
Passover in Israel PDF Print E-mail
By Matan Graff   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:43

Yossi and Ilana Graff with their four sons (left to right) Nitsan, Omer, Matan and Nimrod /Matan GraffYossi and Ilana Graff with their four sons (left to right) Nitsan, Omer, Matan and Nimrod /Matan GraffPassover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is probably my favorite holiday (no offense, Purim). It is really hard to choose a favorite holiday. In a way, choosing your favorite holiday is like choosing your favorite child or your favorite sibling. You love them all, but there has got to be one little something that tips the scale toward one of them.

As a kid, I really liked Pesach (mainly because we got two weeks off from school). Like many other kids my age, I used to participate in many activities and trips with my youth group friends. I saw many places, hiked in many areas and slept under the sky. I absolutely loved the fact that I got to spend my time off from school that way.

Pesach also marks the unofficial beginning of the spring in Israel. It is the most beautiful time of the year. Everything is green, and the weather is usually beautiful. A lot of people like to go out and enjoy nature before it gets really hot. You will see families having a picnic in the park, children  playing everywhere and even people swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

 
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