Sophia BlumSophia BlumSome people say that you must leave the comforts of home to find yourself. Sophia Blum, who left the East Side of Providence to study dramatic arts and has since developed her theater skills in a variety of locations, recently returned to Rhode Island to play Angie Graziano, a mobster’s daughter, in Ocean State Theatre’s presentation of the Broadway comedy “Breaking Legs.”

Blum, who is 24, first got into acting when she was 10, playing the youngest daughter in “Fiddler on the Roof” at Temple Emanu-El, in Providence. She took on a few smaller roles after that, but things really took off while she attended Classical High School, when she started taking classes at Trinity Repertory Company and met Fred Sullivan.

NEW YORK (JTA) – An iconic family-owned Jewish appetizing shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is opening a second retail location, in Brooklyn.

Russ & Daughters, which has sold smoked fish and other Ashkenazi favorites from a small Houston Street shop since 1920, is opening a 14,000-square-feet store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Bedford & Bowery blog reported Feb. 1.

The Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, organized by an Israel-based initiative called The 9 Adar Project, is fast approaching, and there is no shortage of ways to participate.

“The Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict is dedicated to increasing public awareness around the values and skills of constructive conflict as well as awareness of organizations that work to promote these values and skills year round. It is commemorated annually the week of the 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar which marks the day that two thousand years ago healthy disagreements ‘for the sake of Heaven’ turned destructive,” according to 9 Adar’s website.

Rabbi Andrew Klein of Temple Habonim in Barrington will attend the upcoming 127th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Hundreds of Reform rabbis from around the world will join together February 23-28. The CCAR is the official rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism.


My Nana Esther, my grandmother on my father’s side, came to America from the old country, Russia, when she was a child. She was a small round woman with soft curves and a warm smile. She always wore a neat gray bun, had a beautiful face and she always looked perfect. She loved to tell me Russian folk tales while I was in her arms or nestled in bed.