Lior ZommerLior ZommerMore than 70 people gathered at Congregation Ohawe Shalom on Aug. 24 for an evening of prayer, pride and inspiration in honor of the Israel Defense Forces. Lior Zommer, New England regional director of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces expressed enthusiasm for this first-ever Rhode Island event. 

The evening began with a prayer for soldiers who died in Operation Protective Edge offered by Rabbi Raphie Schochet, Rosh Kollel of the Providence Community Kollel. Rabbi Schochet also led the group in a prayer for the safety of Israel and Jews throughout the world.

Ruth Paige Levin came through with the identities of the girls in this photo, from a Purim carnival in 1947 or ’48, she says. Left to right, they are Charlotte Gilden, Elaine Lecht and Ruth Paige. She says the BBG group used to meet at the JCC when it was on Benefit Street. Ruth went on to become leader of the Judy Ann Leven BBG, one of the groups that still meets.

Rosh Hashanah is unique because it is both serious and festive. It is a time of spiritual renewal through prayer and deep personal reflection. It is also a time for families and friends to get together, make amends, ask each other’s forgiveness and strive to make the next year better. Imagine the feeling of being secluded from your faith because you are in a nursing home. Imagine the feeling of helplessness because you are not able to attend a Rosh Hashanah service.


The Miriam Hospital Women’s Association presents “Political Insights with Wendy Schiller: 2014 Election.” This evening of dynamic and timely discussion is Oct. 9 at 6:30 at the hospital, 164 Summit Ave., Providence.

Schiller is associate professor of political science and public policy at Brown University and has authored books and articles about American politics. Her most recent book, “Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment,” will be published in Fall 2014. She has been a contributor of national and local news outlets.

RSVP by Oct. 6 as seating is limited. Call 401-793-2520 and leave name, telephone number and number of guests. A light dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.

JTA — Individuals who lost money from employer-managed retirement funds invested with Bernard Madoff are not eligible to receive money from the liquidation of the Ponzi schemer’s firm.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stuart Bernstein ruled Aug. 22 that only direct customers of Madoff are eligible for liquidation funds, The Wall Street Journal reported. However, the judge ruled that those who lost in the employer-managed funds may be eligible for the liquidation money if the retirement plan administrators file claims.

Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee managing claims on Madoff’s estate, has argued that such claims are ineligible because the individuals cannot prove they entrusted their money to Madoff’s firm.

In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 felonies for fabricating nearly $65 billion in profits to attract investors. He is serving a 150-year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.

His Ponzi scheme hit numerous Jewish philanthropies and investors particularly hard.