Rev. Dr. Don Anderson, Rabbi James Rosenberg and Sandy Rosenberg. /Marty CooperRev. Dr. Don Anderson, Rabbi James Rosenberg and Sandy Rosenberg. /Marty CooperCRANSTON – Rabbi James Rosenberg was honored with the Hebert W. Bolles Life Achievement Award, given by the R.I. State Council of Churches at the fifth annual Heroes of Faith breakfast Oct. 30.

Rosenberg, a columnist for The Voice and rabbi emeritus of Temple Habonim in Barrington, received the award for his deep involvement in state and local interfaith activities.

He received the award along with five other Heroes of Faith and 18 Partners in Faith at a breakfast at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. About 300 leaders of religious and volunteer groups were present at the event.

In his remarks, Rosenberg said that he’d reflected on what it means to receive such an honor and, “I have come to the conclusion that the R.I. State Council of Churches has most graciously acknowledged the fact that, as of now, I am an old man.”

When you gather around the holiday table, sitting next to your loved ones, you will be celebrating all the blessings you have experienced throughout the year. Have you thought about the particular fortunes you will be feeling grateful for? Maybe you will offer thanks for the good health you’ve had, for the accomplishments you’ve achieved, for the friendships you’ve formed. Consider asking the guests to go around the table and take turns sharing one happy memory from the past year. Everyone might enjoy hearing about the positive aspects and being a part of them. Kick off the holiday in a memorable way – that way, you’ll be motivated to continue the tradition through Hanukkah and into next year! Below are ten suggestions for spending the four days of freedom. Read on to learn how to stay away from the mall!

Karen Borger and Paula Bodo with their award. /Irina MissiuroKaren Borger and Paula Bodo with their award. /Irina MissiuroPROVIDENCE – To nosh means to eat food enthusiastically. That definition certainly proved true on Oct. 26, at Temple Beth-El’s “World Series of Jewish Noshes” event. Held for the fourth consecutive year with a different theme each time, the “World Series” event raised $7,500 for the synagogue’s Religious School Scholarship Fund. Deb Norman, owner of Rue de L’Espoir, Anita Solomon, lifelong member of Temple Beth-El, and Josh Willey, owner of The Pizza Gourmet, comprised the panel of judges. While they were able to taste many delicious dishes, selecting the champions of the evening was no easy task as the 20 or so candidates for the title outdid themselves, according to the attendees. 

Scenes from the film “Dancing in Jaffa.”Scenes from the film “Dancing in Jaffa.”A four-star documentary film, a dessert buffet and dancing are all the exciting features of Arts Emanu-El’s season opener. The community is invited to celebrate this first event in Arts Emanu-El’s 2014-15 series of six arts and cultural events offered at Temple Emanu-El, Providence; each is open to the public. On Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the series begins with the irresistible “Dancing in Jaffa” plus other delicious treats. 

Arts Emanu-El’s mission is to bring quality Jewish arts and cultural events to Temple Emanu-El and to the community. “Dancing in Jaffa” was chosen as an excellent vehicle to start the season of film, concerts, and talks. The film takes place in Jaffa, bringing its beach, streets, sounds, neighborhoods and diverse communities to Providence. The film focuses on a remarkable international program of ballroom dancing involving children in difficult cultural settings.

Why do many students think that 49 x 5 = 405 rather than 245? That was the opening question for teachers who attended the Sanford z”l and Elaine Kroll Educators Conference on Oct. 26 at the Dwares JCC. You may wonder what it has to do with teaching Judaism, but it is an easy example of the type of specialized subject knowledge that a teacher must acquire.

Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact, yet what, precisely, makes a teacher great? Is it a matter of natural-born charisma? Or does great teaching require something more?  Elizabeth Green, co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of, presented her observations on what makes great teachers. Some of these observations appeared in Parade Magazine last August, and in other publications, but her original reporting on teacher quality was for the New York Times Magazine, an assignment that changed her views.