Despite the freezing temperatures, it was a warm and festive evening inside the Congregation Beth Sholom social hall.  Pictured are: Rabbi Barry Dolinger with a few of the costume contest contestants and Hannah Girard, winner of the teen and adult costume division, with Ezra Stieglitz. She won a gift certificate donated by Benny’s in the Purim raffle organized by Elly Lehman. The more than $600 raised by the raffle will be used toward building a handicap accessible entrance for the lower level of CBS so that future Purim carnivals – and all social hall events – can be fully accessible.  

Sam Buckler and Tillie Orleck, above, and Miriam Snell, right, with Cantor Steven Dress. /Irina MissiuroSam Buckler and Tillie Orleck, above, and Miriam Snell, right, with Cantor Steven Dress. /Irina MissiuroWarwick – On March 20, buses delivered seniors from the community to Congregation Am David to celebrate Passover. Older Rhode Islanders and people with disabilities united for a special Seder that was designed with their needs in mind. Shorter than the usual Passover meal, the luncheon celebration was a fitting way for the participants to recognize the occasion. The round tables beckoned with Passover platters and grape juice masquerading as wine. As the guests settled down, Hazzan Steven W. Dress, of Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts, kicked off the event with song. The seniors loved his repertoire, which included a rendition of “A Few of My Favorite Passover Things” and “Take Me Out to the Seder.”


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A team of archaeologists and researchers discovered what they believe was a refuge for Nazis in an Argentine forest near the border with Paraguay.

It is believed that the Nazis prepared the hideout in the first half of the 1940s as a place to flee should World War II not go in their favor, but they did not use the refuge.

The director of the Urban Archaeology Center of the Buenos Aires University, Daniel Schavelzon, is leading the investigative team that is working at Misiones National Park in Teyu Cuare, a province in the northeastern cone of Argentina.

Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuPrime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuWASHINGTON (JTA) – With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing escalating criticism and pressure from the White House, he could use some help from Israel’s erstwhile allies in the American Jewish community – especially those with sway in liberal and Democratic circles.

But several leading Jewish liberal critics of Netanyahu are working to rally American Jewish opinion against him by stepping up their condemnation of the prime minister and calling on the United States to ratchet up the pressure on Israel.

/TEMPLE SINAI/TEMPLE SINAIOn March 1, Temple Sinai’s Youth Group (CRAFTY) hosted its new-and-improved Purim carnival. The goal this year was to change the community’s perception of what a Purim carnival is. In the planning stages, the youth participants, alongside parent volunteers, brainstormed new games and prizes that would make this year’s carnival unforgettable. Traditional games, such as “Temple Sinai Jail” and “Fishing,” brought smiles and laughter. However, the new games, such as “Eating the Donut Off the String” and “Casting Lots,”  really entertained the families that attended the event.