My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! PDF Print E-mail
By Kara Marziali   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:05

altaltThe award-winning comedy show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” premieres in Providence on April 23. Inspired by playwright Steve Solomon’s own family dynamics, this side-splitting one-man show has met with rave reviews and has toured internationally in more than 100 cities.

The play has been billed as “one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac.” The best part is you don’t have to be Italian or Jewish (or in therapy, for that matter!) to enjoy this show. The only experience you need to bring to the theater is an appreciation for dysfunction and hilarity.

Pre-K Passover play PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:59

Left to right, Sam, Yaakov, Alison, Yael, Aviva, Nadav, Ari (Pharaoh), Eli, Ruben, Daniel  in the 2013 JCDSRI Passover play. /JCDSRILeft to right, Sam, Yaakov, Alison, Yael, Aviva, Nadav, Ari (Pharaoh), Eli, Ruben, Daniel in the 2013 JCDSRI Passover play. /JCDSRIEach year the Pre-K children at Jewish Community Day School perform a Passover play. Dramatic play increases learning and is so much fun! After the play, family and friends join them for a Seder with much of the food prepared by the kids.  Happy Passover from JCDSRI!

From farm to home: How leading dairy producers prepare for Passover PDF Print E-mail
By Daniela Berkowitz   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:52

/TNUVA.COM/TNUVA.COMSome have preparing for Passover down to a science as a means to stay organized despite all the stress amid locating and buying food that is kosher for Passover, cleaning the home, preparing for Seders and keeping the celebrations up for eight days. It’s no easy feat.

For food manufacturers, the science of Passover preparation means tremendous logistical work. At Tnuva, the world’s largest kosher food manufacturer, the ancient and complex laws of kashrut meet the most modernized food production techniques unlike at any other place. The company delivers top-notch dairy products that meet a high standard of quality and freshness in Israel and North America.

My most memorable Passover celebration PDF Print E-mail
By Irina Missiuro   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:48

The Goman cousins: from left to right, Tanya, Irina (Missiuro), Irina, Elina and Natasha /Irina MissiuroThe Goman cousins: from left to right, Tanya, Irina (Missiuro), Irina, Elina and Natasha /Irina MissiuroThe story starts in 1990, when my little cousin Rita and her mother Anna were shopping in Douglas Drug. There, they encountered Mrs. Rosen, Rita’s teacher, who invited them to her house for Passover. Since my relatives had just arrived in the United States from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and were “strangers” not only to the Rosen family, but also to the new country, that Seder was a difficult one. Everything, including the food and the culture, was unfamiliar. During the celebration, the Rosens learned that my uncle’s parents and brother (my father) had also immigrated to Rhode Island from FSU, and extended the invitation for the next year’s Seder to us as well.

However, the Seder that stands out in my memory occurred not in 1991, but a year later. For the second time, we sat around the two long tables at the hospitable home of Dr. and Mrs. (Rick and Jani) Rosen. This year, though, the Seder included the last branch of our extended family – my uncle, his wife and two daughters. The last group of relatives to immigrate, they had just arrived from Belarus to join us (my grandparents and their two sons, along with their wives and four daughters), and their presence caused the holiday to take on a more significant meaning.

Rabbis’ mass head-shaving inspired by ‘Superman Sam’ raises nearly $600K PDF Print E-mail
By Julie Wiener   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:47

/Julie Pelc Adler/Julie Pelc AdlerJTA –  Seventy-three North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.

As part of a campaign that raised more than $570,000 for pediatric cancer research, approximately 60 male and female rabbis voluntarily shaved their heads at the the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Chicago.

Many of the shaved were inspired by the death last December of Samuel Sommers, the 8-year-old son of Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommers, from refractory acute myeloid leukemia. Phyllis Sommers, an associate rabbi at Am Shalom in suburban Chicago who had documented her son’s struggle on a blog called “Superman Sam,” came up with the idea for the shaving campaign along with a fellow rabbi shortly before Samuel’s death.
While Samuel inspired the shaving campaign -- done in partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a group that funds pediatric cancer research – it inspired a new Jewish ceremony.

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