In recent years, growing numbers of activists have participated in events and campaigns under the banner of “BDS:  The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.” This global network of individuals and organizations aims to isolate Israel politically, economically and culturally through boycotts of Israeli products, divestment from companies doing business in Israel and imposing international sanctions on Israel. 

While BDS activists describe themselves as part of “a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice,” the movement actually has much more insidious goals: The gradual erosion of political support for Israel in America and the international community and the eventual dissolution of Israel’s right to exist as the democratic nation state of the Jewish people. 

This year’s officers are (left to right) Bonnie Ryvicker,  Mindy Stone, Marisa Garber and Matt Brennan. /JFSRIThis year’s officers are (left to right) Bonnie Ryvicker, Mindy Stone, Marisa Garber and Matt Brennan. /JFSRIJewish Family Service held its 86th annual meeting on Oct. 21st at Laurelmead on Blackstone Boulevard.  The meeting was marked by the installation of new officers and board members.  Amanda Isenberg completed three years as JFS president, and she handed over the gavel of leadership to Marisa Garber. Garber is known as a passionate community volunteer and has served on the JFS Board, filling the role of  vice president this past year. Other officers installed included Mindy Stone, vice president; Matt Brennan, treasurer; and Bonnie Ryvicker, secretary.


Family Features – They say that your friends are your chosen family.  Although much is made about the traditional family gatherings that abound around Thanksgiving, some of your most anticipated events may actually revolve around your closest friends. With everyone contributing a dish, friend-focused potluck celebrations are the perfect time to put a unique spin on traditional dishes for a modern approach to dining.

A friendly gathering, where you’re likely to encounter more adventurous palates, is a perfect opportunity to bring the awesome with bold new flavors. There’s only so much whole-roasted turkey one person can eat, so why not change it up with a flavorful twist on a crowd pleasing dish – mini turkey meatball sliders.

These mini sandwiches, made with Soy Vay Island Teriyaki, will bring a hint of the tropics to your party. Infused with pineapple and onion, the sweet and salty sauce also carries notes of onion, ginger and garlic for a perfectly seasoned dish every time. Soy Vay is certified Kosher and does not contain preservatives.

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Participants in the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island Community Relations Council Leadership Mission to Israel are (back row, left to right) Chris Boyle, attorney and board chair, St. Clare Newport; Richard Licht, Alliance past board chair; Linda Newton, principal, Newton & Newton Consulting; Nicholas Matiello, speaker of the R.I. House; Marty Cooper, Alliance Community Relations Council director; Adam Greenman, United Way EVP for Community Investment and Public Policy; Janet Coit, director, R.I. Department of Environmental Management; M. Teresa Paiva Weed, president of the R.I. Senate; Sharon Gaines, Alliance Board chair; James S. Sanzi, vice president of development, R.I. Foundation; and Barbara S. Cottam, chair, state Board of Higher Education and EVP, Citizens Financial Group; (front row, left to right) Margaret M. Van Bree, president, R.I. Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Jeffrey Savit, Alliance president & CEO; James Diossa, mayor, Central Falls; Toby Ayers, executive director, R.I. for Community and Justice; Charles Newton, senior vice president, Newton & Newton Consulting; Rev. Donald Anderson, executive minister, R.I. State Council of Churches;  and Richard Glucksman Alliance Community Relations Council chair. The interfaith group of community leaders spent Nov. 8-15 in Israel.

Scratching your head on which Israeli or Kosher wine to choose for Thanksgiving? Scratch no further! The Jewish Voice has checked in with some of Providence’s wine merchants for recommendations.

Elliott Fishbein at Town Wine & Spirits stocks an extensive selection of wines. If you’re into whites you can pick up the Italian Bartenura Moscato, a light and peachy choice. Or if you’re interested in a fusion, there is Segal’s Fusion Chardonnay/Colombard from Galilee Heights, Israel, a white that also happens to be Meshuval. You can expect aromas of melon and tropical fruits from the fusion – yum!