In an effort to better serve the greater Rhode Island Jewish community, the Alliance is redeveloping the online community calendar currently powered by GrapeVine. The new system will streamline the submission process and allow community members to add events to the calendar with greater ease and efficiency.


The gallery spaces at the Block Island Airport and T.F. Green Airport are accepting art submissions for their 2016 exhibitions.  The gallery program, which includes Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE, is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.


David Perolman and family. /Photo | David PerolmanDavid Perolman and family. /Photo | David PerolmanIf you tried to find someone who plays more instruments than David Perolman, you’d probably fail. It’s not a dare – only a simple warning – don’t even bother. Perolman, the new education director and song leader at Temple Habonim in Barrington, boasts a wide range of musical knowledge. Growing up, he was always learning to play a new instrument, including trumpet, horn and tuba. He played some of them in a marching band while in high school. Guitar was the next step, followed by piano, ukulele and mandolin.  Oh, and don’t forget about percussion. He is a walking orchestra!


Rabbi Carolan Glatstein /Photo | Carolan GlatsteinRabbi Carolan Glatstein /Photo | Carolan GlatsteinCarolan Glatstein, the new rabbi at the United Brothers Synagogue in Bristol, owes some prime treats to her dog Petunia. When she was studying in Jerusalem during the first year of her graduate program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she brought Petunia along. Afraid to walk the dog in the neighborhood where another dog had attacked them, Glatstein asked Eric Mollo, a fellow student, to walk with them. Long story short – the two are now married, and their baby girl is some serious competition for Petunia and Yeti, the family’s other dog. Since her husband is also a rabbi – he works at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, Mass. – Glatstein loves practicing questioning, her Jewish values and pursuit of knowledge with him. The two study side by side, pushing each other to grow.


The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island impacts programs and services around the world as well as here at home. Each year, funds raised through the Annual Campaign are allocated to core partners overseas. The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) receives funding that greatly impacts Jewish renewal programs throughout Poland. These programs include Limmud-Keshet, an annual Jewish learning conference; Atid Jewish Summer Camp, a 2-week immersion in Jewish living and learning; and adult programming that takes place year-round.