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Rabbi Josh Breindel,  guest speakerRabbi Josh Breindel, guest speakerThe Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in Providence.  All are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of educational enrichment, friendship and light refreshments.

The Association’s 18th president, Ruth Breindel, will be installed. 

Chef Frank TerranovaChef Frank TerranovaIf you are planning on attending The Miriam Hospital Women’s Association evening with Chef Frank Terranova, go unprepared. Why? Otherwise you might be too intimidated by the main guest’s accomplishments.

Make room in your calendar at 6:30 p.m. on April 27 and contact all of your friends and family members who like food. No, that’s everyone. Call only those friends and family members who are trendy. The topic of this soiree will be Food Trends: From Gluten to Ganja to GMOs. Don’t speak Sanskrit? The middle word just means hemp.

Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking and learning skills sharp. It also causes the body to release endorphins; these chemicals can give rise to feelings of pleasure.

Staying active at work can be done easily; small changes can make a great impact. Try out some of these strategies:
• Park farther from the building and get a nice walk in before work.
• Replace a 10-minute coffee break with a 10-minute brisk walk.
• Take the stairs. 
• Walk down the hallway to speak with someone rather than using the phone.
• Stand or walk while taking a phone call. 
• Have “walk-meetings.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:  A health tip from the employee wellness team at the Jewish Alliance: Angela Sullivan, Andrew McKeon and Caroline Casey.

Back (left to right):  Dan Kohl (National Board J Street), Zachary Blumenstein (J Street U Brown), Judy Kaye (co-chair), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sam Rubinstein (J Street U Brown), Alan Solomont (National J Street board), Gerry Tyler. Front (left to right) Cantor Elliot Tubman, Doris Donovan, Dana Del Bonis, Liz Hollander(co-chair), Susan Sklar, Bruce Phillips.  Not pictured: Sara Rapport.  /Photo | Steve Krubiner, National J Street staffBack (left to right):  Dan Kohl (National Board J Street), Zachary Blumenstein (J Street U Brown), Judy Kaye (co-chair), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sam Rubinstein (J Street U Brown), Alan Solomont (National J Street board), Gerry Tyler. Front (left to right) Cantor Elliot Tubman, Doris Donovan, Dana Del Bonis, Liz Hollander(co-chair), Susan Sklar, Bruce Phillips. Not pictured: Sara Rapport. /Photo | Steve Krubiner, National J Street staffOn March 21, nine Rhode Islanders joined more than 3,000 people in Washington, D.C. at the fifth and largest J Street National Conference. J Street is a pro-peace, pro-Israel organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. J Street U Brown and Brown RISD Hillel also sent a delegation of 11 students.

Among the distinguished keynote speakers were former Secretary of State James Baker and current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Both stated clearly and without hesitation their support for a two-state solution, as well as their belief in the possibility of successful Iran negotiations.

We Rhode Islanders were impressed by the Israeli Knesset members, seasoned negotiators for the PLO and U.S., and citizens from Gaza and the West Bank talking about the realities of their daily lives and their aspirations for peace. As delegation member Doris Donovan pointed out, “The main theme was that the outlines of a peace plan are clear to everyone, that it is possible to have two states for two peoples, and that if we don’t find the courage to do this soon, Israel will not be able to survive as a Jewish, democratic state.”

Did you know that some condominium associations may have the right to keep a homeowner from posting a mezuzah at the doorway entrance?

It happened to Barbara Cadranel of Stratford, CT. In 2012, she received a stern letter from her condo association demanding that she remove the mezuzah from her doorpost or pay a fine of $50 per day. According to the rules of the association, residents at this particular condo complex could place anything they wanted on their doors, just not on the doorpost.

What the condo association failed to recognize – we’ll blame it on ignorance – is that the Torah specifically states that a mezuzah  must be placed on the doorpost (Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20). In fact, the Hebrew word “mezuzah” means doorpost.