NEW BEDFORD – Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Emerita Professor of Psychology at City University of New York, will speak at the upcoming Rabbi Bernard H. & Minna Ziskind Memorial Lecture. This annual event, underwritten by Sheldon Friedland in memory of his wife Shulamith and her parents, will feature this best-selling author, legendary feminist leader and retired psychotherapist. Chesler, the author of “The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It,” has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel and the Far East.

Betty JaffeBetty JaffeBetty Jaffe met Alfred Jaffe by chance. She had agreed to go on a blind date, only to discover that she “towered over the man.” Luckily, the circumstance ended up working in her favor when the gentleman decided to introduce her to his friend Alfred, whose height was more compatible. Little did the matchmaker know that the two would end spending 54 years together as husband and wife.

Married in 1953, the Jaffes had much more in common than height. Mrs. Jaffe talks about frequenting theater and going out to dinners. They also enjoyed concerts, seeing the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras on a regular basis. The husband and wife also loved jazz. They didn’t appreciate rock ‘n’ roll too much (“It’s foreign to me”) and preferred plays to movies; the former benefit from an intermission during which you can discuss the performance.

Michael Rich, “Waypoint,” oil and wax on canvas.Michael Rich, “Waypoint,” oil and wax on canvas.Energy•Color•Light is the theme of the exhibit in the Providence Art Club’s historic Maxwell Mays and Moitie Galleries now through June 4.

Abstraction prevails with works by Theresa Girard, Michael Rich and Roberta Segal in the Mays Gallery and Eileen Horwitz in the Moitie. The works are being shown together for their mutual love of color in abstract and energetic forms.

Theresa Girard“The surface lends itself to my way of communicating life. The images I create are a personal interpretation of my energy.” With an energized surface and a soft conflict of color, Narragansett artist Girard becomes part of her painting as she paints, and her presence remains in the final piece. She will be showing her acrylics. See more at

Lawrence M. Katz and Marilyn Spitalny KatzLawrence M. Katz and Marilyn Spitalny KatzThe annual dinner for the Providence Hebrew Day School will be held on Sunday, June 7.

This year, the school community pays special tribute to the memory of our esteemed and beloved teacher, Tichyeh Schochet. Her devotion to her students knew no bounds.  We honor the legacy of a great woman, who taught us all by example.

Lawrence M. Katz and Marilyn Spitalny Katz will receive the 2015 Amudim Award, in appreciation of their friendship and in recognition of their support for the Providence Hebrew Day School and the New England Academy of Torah.

Editor’s Note: This speech was delivered April to a gathering of the Armenian community commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

I am honored to be a part of this historic program this evening. And, I am honored to represent the Jewish community.

100 years ago. 70 years ago.

This week the world commemorates 100 years since 1.5 million Armenians perished in an act of genocide.

Last week the Jewish community commemorated the 70th year of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. More than 6 million Jews were killed.

1.5 million and more than 6 million. Plus the families that were lost and the surviving families whose lives would be forever changed. And, a long history lost and a new history began.