For the first time since she began high school, Emma Margulies of Barrington will not be participating in BBYO, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, activities. Since Margulies will be attending college, she is leaving behind her position as N’siah, or president, of her local BBYO chapter. However, there is plenty about BBYO that Margulies will carry forward with her.

Margulies initially joined BBYO, a youth group accepting of any and all Jewish denominations, including nonpracticing Jews, because she saw that her involved friends were having fun. Since joining, she decided to stay involved with BBYO because of the sisterhood she found with the girls in her chapter.

The gallery spaces at the Block Island Airport and T.F. Green Airport are accepting art submissions for their 2015 exhibitions. The gallery program, which includes Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE, is a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local,t national and international travelers.

Heather Stearns is the Dwares Jewish Community Center’s new director of aquatics. Born in California, her last position was as program director at Boston Sports Club in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Stearns started swimming early. She was a rambunctious child, so her mother signed her up for swim team at only 5 years old, in the hopes it would help her to burn off some energy. Stearns has been swimming ever since. She has 18 years of competitive swimming experience, eight years of water polo experience and more than 10 years working in the health and fitness industry. She has also coached several club and sanctioned USA swim teams, and done open water coaching as well as triathlon training. In the past, Stearns competed as a sprinter in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle; she also swam anchor for the relays with her teams. 

Dori Adler is the new director of education for the Frederic G. and Lawrence G. Cohen Religious School at Temple Torat Yisrael. 

A native of Cranston, Adler has a long history in Rhode Island’s Jewish community, especially with Torat Yisrael, first as a student and Bat Mitzvah, and later as a Judaics teacher. She attended the Harry Elkin Midrasha Community High School and enjoyed many years as a camper and counselor at Camp JORI.

Good luck to the 2014 Rhode Island JCC Maccabi team, who is off to Detroit, Michigan, to participate in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest. 

This event offers Jewish youths a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in a fun atmosphere, cultivate a deeper understanding, instill an appreciation of Jewish values and enrich their Jewish identity in an informal setting.