George GoodwinGeorge GoodwinFounded in 1951, the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, collects, shares and interprets all aspects of our Jewish communal history – from colonial times to the present. The Association’s office and archive, located on the lower level of the Dwares JCC, house thousands upon thousands of treasures: photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, books and artifacts. It is a happy place to honor the deceased and living. Without the Association, so much of Rhode Island Jewish history would simply vanish.


Grace Beiser Novick shares a photo, left, taken Feb. 13 by her 12-year-old granddaughter, Yaara Beiser. Yaara  lives in the Ramot Bet section of Jerusalem, where the photo was taken, and is the daughter of Tehila and Reuben Beiser.  Reuben Beiser grew up in Providence, attended the Providence Hebrew Day School, Classical High School and Brown University. The snowman, right, was built and photographed by Harriet Dunkerley, Fran Ostendorf’s sister, in Baka.

The photo posted on Instagram by Miss Israel (far left), in which Miss Lebanon (second from left) also appears.The photo posted on Instagram by Miss Israel (far left), in which Miss Lebanon (second from left) also –  Most Jewish women have at least one childhood memory of wearing a Queen Esther costume for Purim. Esther’s image is ubiquitous in the collective Jewish consciousness, not only as the character in the Purim story who outwitted the villain Haman in order to save the Jewish people from annihilation, but also as a symbol of a strong and intelligent woman. No wonder so many little girls want to dress up as Esther.


Arts and crafts is one of the best places at camp. /Camp JORIArts and crafts is one of the best places at camp. /Camp JORICamp JORI is celebrating its bar mitzvah this summer. It’s hard to believe that Rhode Island’s only Jewish overnight camp has been at the Worden’s Pond location in Wakefield for 13 years already. Ronni Saltzman Guttin, director, shares that the transition from Clarke Road in Narragansett to the current site was a smooth one since the camp’s core values and traditions remained the same, despite the technological advances and enhancements to accommodations.


RAMAT GAN, Israel (JTA) – When Isaac Herzog learned that his Zionist Union party had won the election with 32 percent of the vote, he posted a triumphant status update on Facebook.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed, Herzog wrote on Fen. 22, and vowed that his center-left party would change the government.

Herzog’s celebration may have been a touch premature – Israeli elections are still three weeks away.

He was reveling in the victory by Zionist Union in the mock election at Blich High School, a secular public school in this Tel Aviv suburb. Students there placed the centrist Yesh Atid party in second place with 28 percent of the vote, followed by Likud with 14 percent.