Community

On Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association will hold its fall meeting at Temple Sinai, Cranston. Author and international lecturer Arie Kaplan will speak on “Wizards of Wit: Jewish Comedy from Caesar to Seinfeld.”

Fashion will be in full force on Dec. 7, from 3-6 p.m. at Temple Beth-El with a professional runway show by LIGHTS/FASHION/PHILANTHROPY – a “fashion-event” production and entertainment company –  and Donahue Models.

The event includes a pop-up boutique of local up-and-coming designers, a silent auction, entertainment, hors d’ouvres and “mocktails” and the reveal of the makeover winner, who will be chosen at random. The winner will receive a free cut and color at Makeovers Salon.

On Oct. 20, members of the Rhode Island Jewish community came together at Jewish Family Service to eat, laugh and raise funds for the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s 2015 Annual Campaign. Nine dedicated solicitors quickly raised $12,751 by closing 61 gifts.

Rhode Island Light & Power recently sponsored “Interfaith Action on Climate,” for Rhode Island clergy and interested lay people at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Providence. The conference, attended by more than 125 people, featured Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island and state Rep. Art Handy, as well as Brown University Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, Timmons Roberts. Rabbi Sarah Mack, of Temple Beth-El, Providence, and president of the Board of Rhode Island Rabbis, provided the devotion to begin the program.

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is forecasting 1.4 million people will be infected with Ebola in West Africa by January 2015, a conservative prediction, and 700,000 or more deaths. Due to the Ebola crisis, virtually every aspect of daily life has been affected. One of the most urgent needs is for basic food items, such as rice and beans.

Rhode Island has one of the largest populations of Liberians in the U.S. Reverends Naomi Smith and Matthew Kai are two Liberian pastors who serve congregations in Providence. Recently, the Governing Board of The Rhode Island State Council of Churches (RISCC) initiated an effort to raise money for food for the people of Liberia. They, along with other members of the Rhode Island Liberian community, continue to have frequent contact with their family and friends in Liberia.