Gilor Meshulam is the 2014 Israeli shaliach (emissary) to the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. Born and raised in Hertzliyya, Israel, he studied law, criminology and French in high school and enlisted in the IDF upon graduation. Gilor served for more than six-and-a-half years in the infantry corps and Givati Brigade, among many other positions. After serving as an officer in southern Gaza, he was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. Since then Gilor has been a substitute teacher for history and bible classes. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, boxing and cycling, but above all has much love for Hebrew and history.


J-Campers and the greater Rhode Island community said le’hitraot to Maor Mintz this week as he finished his summer as camp shaliach. Whether he was leading songs at camp for morning circle, helping the campers make challahs on Friday or speaking to the community about Operation Protective Edge and the situation in Israel, he really did make a difference in the community. And that was one of his goals, he said, at the beginning of the summer. 

Youth theater productions are being revived at Temple Emanu-El. This fall, teenagers from grades 6-12 are invited to participate in performing the play “13,” score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

This is a story about “labeling,” fitting in and finding one’s own identity. There will be an informational meeting on Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave. in Providence. A light lunch will be provided. Auditions will take place on Sept. 14 at 12:30 p.m., and rehearsals will be held every Sunday thereafter, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The September/October show in the Gallery at Temple Habonim features works by three nationally recognized artists. There will be a wine and cheese reception and an opportunity to meet the artists on Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through Oct. 29.

Lynne Mehlman focuses on the truth and beauty she observes. Following the tradition of the Boston School of Painting, she works in oils and pastels as she combines the colors of the impressionists with the accuracy of French academic training. She has won many national awards, including the Arts Unlimited Award of Excellence for Oil Still Life.

The 12th annual Dwares JCC 5K Road Race takes place Sept. 14 on the East Side of Providence. Youth races start at 9 a.m. The 5K kicks off at 10. This is a USATF certified race with prizes awarded for the top male and female overall as well as awards by age group. Post-run activities include face painting for kids, raffles and healthy refreshments such as fruit, and bagels.
Registration is available online at Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at the Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence. Volunteers are needed and community service hours can be given to those who need them. Contact Angela Sullivan at 401-421-4111, ext. 149, for more information.