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Rabbi Gail Diamond and family. /Rabbi Gail DiamondRabbi Gail Diamond and family. /Rabbi Gail DiamondMore than a decade has passed, but Rabbi Gail Diamond has never forgotten her New England family. 

After serving as rabbi and spiritual leader from 1993 to 2000 for Attleboro’s Congregation Agudas Achim, Diamond set off on a new journey which has her returning to lead this year’s High Holy Day services.

“I am looking forward to praying again in the beautiful sanctuary and reconnecting with families I have known for more than 20 years,” she says.  “I’m also looking forward to tashlikh at the Duck Pond.”

For years, Diamond dreamt of living in Israel after spending two years there as a young woman.  However, after meeting her partner, Alen Kacal of Trinidad, her plans were placed on hold.  By 2000, the couple decided it was time to make aliyah as Kacal faced citizenship issues.

Congress is presently deliberating over a proposed nuclear arms agreement. This is a historic vote, as it affects the safety and well-being of not only America but also of the entire world. Israel is especially threatened by a nuclear Iran, as Iran openly avows Israel’s destruction. The world, the United States and Israel need our elected representatives to show leadership by declining to support the Iran nuclear deal. 

PROVIDENCE – After numerous public hearings, classified briefings, consultation with nuclear experts and discussions with Rhode Islanders, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today announced their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear agreement.

This agreement, reached by the United States and five partner nations (the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany) and Iran, would prohibit Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and place its nuclear program under strict and comprehensive international monitoring.  The agreement between the P5+1 and Iran ensures no sanctions relief is provided unless the Iranian government undertakes a series of significant steps.  The JCPOA also ensures the international sanctions regime against Iran can be quickly restored if the Iranian government fails to honor its commitments.

The Iran nuclear agreement is perhaps the most talked about subject in the news today. Congress will decide whether or not to approve it with a vote in September. But Iran’s quest to become a nuclear power is certainly not new to anyone. For several years, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island (CRC) has been actively advocating to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear entity.  This includes legislation passed in 2013 by the Rhode Island General Assembly to divest Iran funds and to prohibit contracts with companies who have dealings with Iran.

Lisa Davis and family.Lisa Davis and family.In the fall of 2013, Lisa Davis made a life change. After a skin cancer scare, Davis decided to detoxify her home and become more conscious about the personal care products she and her family were using. She turned to the wellness company Ava Anderson Non Toxic. Davis became a representative for the company, and quickly became an executive, now managing a team of 35 representatives across the country.