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“Jesus Christ: Superstar or Jewish Anathema” is the topic of the next program in the Adult Education series at Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Road in Barrington. On March 12 at 7 p.m., Dr. Stephen Kaplan, a temple member and researcher of Jewish history, will present the Jewish perspectives on the “Jewishness” of Jesus Christ.  As Jewish scholars and spiritual leaders incorporate the secular education of the times, they consider the qualities of Jesus Christ and his Jewish roots. Kaplan will discuss this topic and its special challenges for Jewish continuity in an open and multicultural society.

Kaplan is a past president of Temple Habonim.  For the past 25 years he has researched Jewish history and thought as his avocation.

This program is free and open to the community.  For further information go to www.templehabonim.org or call the temple office at 401-245-6536.

LOIS KEMP is chairman of the adult education committee at Temple Habonim. 

Donald and Bonnie DwaresDonald and Bonnie DwaresOn Feb. 8, the Jewish Alliance gathered a group of Rhode Islanders for a cocktail party hosted by Stephen and Diana Lewinstein in Palm Beach, Florida. The participants were captivated by the story of Leonid Feldman, who was born in the former Soviet Union and experienced violent anti-Semitism from teachers, neighbors and government officials. In fact, he did not know he was a Jew until his first day of kindergarten when his teacher called him a liar for telling the class that he was a Soviet citizen.

 

As part of our annual Pets issue, we asked you to send us photos of your pets. Due to recent winter weather “events,” we didn’t give you much time. But the photos came in. Beginning on this page, you’ll see a parade of Jewish Voice readers’ finest scattered throughout our Pets section. Don’t worry about which one is cutest. Nobody should have to choose one dog or cat over another. Just enjoy! And thanks for participating.

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Who is the Haman in your life? The person who, like the bad guy in the Megillah Esther that we read on Purim, schemes to bring you down.

When we get to the place in the Megillah where Haman is forced to lead Mordechai through the streets of Shushan while saying, “This is what is done for the man whom the king desires to honor,” might we insert ourselves — like a video game — into an updated version of the story? Imagining that a seriously negative person in our life is pushing our car down the street while we sit behind the wheel and wave?

Top row (left to right): Steve Shalansky and Jeffrey Isaacs. Bottom row (left to right): Bethany Sutton and Susan Gertsacov. Not pictured: Emily Shalansky and David Soforenko /PHOTO | JEWISH ALLIANCETop row (left to right): Steve Shalansky and Jeffrey Isaacs. Bottom row (left to right): Bethany Sutton and Susan Gertsacov. Not pictured: Emily Shalansky and David Soforenko /PHOTO | JEWISH ALLIANCEEverywhere you look, you see an article or a blog post about the millennial generation. All of the focus is on those people who are in college or just leaving college. The pressure is on them because they are our future.

But what about Generation X? What about the people between the millennials and the baby boomers? What is their impact on our communities? The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island recognizes their impact and is determined to do something with it.