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The To Life Center Adult Day Services, a program of Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island (JSARI), had its annual family BBQ on Aug. 6. This is a time when family and friends of the clients come and enjoy a family oriented day together. JSARI board member Andrew Liss was our celebrity chef along with volunteer Alan Bernstein. Liss also did a cooking demonstration with the clients of the To Life Center Adult Day Services. 

Because raw materials were needed for the war, many companies were unable to obtain these materials for consumer goods and were forced to close during World War II. Not so the Maidenform Company, whose creative owners, Ida and William Rosenthal, met the challenge by designing lingerie and other products for the war effort. One of the “other products” was a pigeon vest, dubbed the “brassiere for birds.” 

JTA – A marker commemorating the Belfast birthplace of the late Israeli president Chaim Herzog was removed following several anti-Semitic attacks.

The blue plaque honoring Herzog, Israel’s president from 1983 to 1993, was taken down in the Irish capital out of concern for the safety of those living nearby, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

Photo | Chabad of Rhode Island

Avraham Goldstein with members of the Israeli community pray for peace in Israel and around the world. Goldstein is in Providence as part of the Chabad Summer Peace Corp.

On Monday, May 12, 2014, the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El voted to implement a new “Gift of the Heart” sustaining contribution model, changing the financial relationship of members and the synagogue.

Members will be asked to pledge the amount of financial support that is both comfortable and generous for their household. They will receive personalized pledge forms explaining how much it costs, per household, to run the synagogue. This “sustaining level” is $2,300 for 2014-2015. Their pledge form also includes information about how much the member contributed last year and a suggested modest increase for the coming year. This annual pledge, made before the start of the fiscal year, will replace dues and annual fund solicitations.