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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.

Rabbi Haim Isaac Carigal and the first rabbinical sermon published in the colonies PDF Print E-mail
By Bea Ross   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:40

Rabbi Haim Isaac Carigal of Hebron /Courtesy Touro SynagogueRabbi Haim Isaac Carigal of Hebron /Courtesy Touro SynagogueFrom William Tennent to George Whitfield, itinerant preachers and clergymen are very much a part of colonial American history and folklore. And, surprisingly perhaps, rabbis were among them. At least six rabbis visited Newport between 1759 and 1775, and one of them, Rabbi Haim Isaac Carigal of Hebron, delivered the first rabbinical sermon published in the colonies at Touro Synagogue on Shavuot in 1773. The publication is a collector’s item today, and Touro Synagogue is fortunate to have a copy of it in its archives.


Jews on First PDF Print E-mail
By Deahn Berrini Leblang   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:38

Martin Abramowitz /Jewish JournalMartin Abramowitz /Jewish JournalMartin Abramowitz traces his love of baseball to his childhood in Brooklyn in the forties, where there were three teams to root for, and the landlord’s son wrestled Yankee loyalty in exchange for a spot in front of the neighborhood’s only TV.

Now a member of Red Sox Nation, Abramowitz is quick to point out that his own passion for the game reflects a larger social transition.

“I think that the whole history of Jews in baseball touches not only ethnic pride, it touches the miracle of assimilation and identification with being American,” he said.

Fran Ostendorf selected as new editor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:34

/Nancy Desrosiers/Nancy DesrosiersThe search is over. For several months, The Jewish Voice has been seeking a permanent editor to pilot this beloved publication. It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Fran Ostendorf as editor.

Ostendorf comes with a vast amount of newspaper experience. She attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has worked at daily publications in Utah, Ohio and Rhode Island. She served as a copy editor at the Providence Journal for nearly 20 years and spent the last five years freelancing.  She has performed copy editing, proofreading, web research and writing for a variety of clients, including the Laureate Higher Education Group, Kaplan Aspect, Creative Circle Media Solutions, Brown University and financial consultants.

Considering ‘Next year in Jerusalem’? PDF Print E-mail
By Dasee Berkowitz   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:32

Bing.comBing.comOn a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a 5-year-old.

“Jerusalem is the city of gold, of course,” he says. When we told him our family was moving to Israel this summer, he was quite pleased.

“Ima, will we live there until I’m a grown-up?” he asked.

That’s the idea, we nodded.

While I know what my family will mean when we reach the end of the Passover Seder this year and say “Next Year in Jerusalem,” for those not making the trek to the Holy Land anytime soon, what do these words mean? Are we being disingenuous? Or, as the Rabbis encourage with every other part of the Haggadah, are we expounding, embellishing, interpreting and reading ourselves into the story of the Exodus from Egypt?

The end of the Haggadah, with the promise to arrive “next year in Jerusalem,” is just as ripe for exploration as the beginning.

Tamarisk holds Israeli flag dedication PDF Print E-mail
By Irina Missiuro   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:30

Left to right, Rabbi Eli Perlman, Muriel Perlman, Cantor Dr. Ivan Perlman, Rabbi Richard Perlman,  Cantor Emanuel Perlman and Cantor Josh Perlman. /Rabbi Richard PerlmanLeft to right, Rabbi Eli Perlman, Muriel Perlman, Cantor Dr. Ivan Perlman, Rabbi Richard Perlman, Cantor Emanuel Perlman and Cantor Josh Perlman. /Rabbi Richard PerlmanLast December, Rabbi Richard E. Perlman was conducting the Mincha service with the children from Temple Am David in the community room of The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk RI Assisted Living Residence when they made an observation. Usually, the children light the Hanukkah candles and then sing the national anthem and the Hatikvah. As they were preparing to sing the Israeli anthem, one of the kids yelled out, where is the Israeli flag? Just as the children were dismayed that a Jewish living facility didn’t have an Israeli flag, so was Melvin Kahn, a Tamarisk resident who happened to be in the room.

Funny Girl gets funny book PDF Print E-mail
By Shelley A. Sackett   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:28

Bing.comBing.comBarbra Joan Streisand is a renowned singer, actress, director, songwriter, producer, political activist and philanthropist. She has a mantle full of Grammys, Tonys, Emmys, Oscars and Peabody Awards. She is an officer of France’s Legion of Honor, and she even made it onto President Richard Nixon’s 1971 Enemies List.

Barbra was lacking one tribute, however, one already bestowed upon Madonna, Cher, Adele, Oprah and even Sarah Palin. Alas, there was no Female Force comic book sporting Barbra’s famous profile on its cover.

That humiliating slight was rectified by Bluewater Production’s February 2014 release of a comic celebrating La Streisand. And not a moment too soon, according to Melissa Seymour, who researched and wrote the 32-page comic book with artist Manuel Diaz.

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