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Members of the community attend the Dor L’ Dor event on April 30. /Jewish AllianceMembers of the community attend the Dor L’ Dor event on April 30. /Jewish AllianceThose who attended the Dor L’Dor Society event on April 30 were reminded of the importance of a Jewish legacy.  The gathering, at the home of Ron and Karen Markoff, featured Martin Greenfield, world-renowned tailor and author of “Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor.” This is a memoir of a Holocaust survivor who suffered unimaginable horror but emerged with dreams of success.

Now 86 and working with his sons, Greenfield dresses Hollywood’s finest and Washington, D.C.’s most powerful, including Presidents Eisenhower, Clinton and Obama. He exemplifies the faith, courage, and hope that keep each of us going during difficult times, and shared memories of his resilience and stories of his strength with those who attended. “I believe in God, whether I’m right or wrong. I believe there is someone or something God gives me whenever I need help,” said Greenfield.

Sisterhood annual meeting of Congregation Shavath Shalom (“The Howell Street Shul”) in Providence, circa 1940. /Photo from the Fred Kelman Collection housed at RIJHA.Sisterhood annual meeting of Congregation Shavath Shalom (“The Howell Street Shul”) in Providence, circa 1940. /Photo from the Fred Kelman Collection housed at RIJHA.We have come to the season of the annual meeting, the year-end ritual that reviews and assesses the well-being of an organization. On this occasion the praiseworthy are praised and thanked, officers installed and future progress envisioned. It is a pause for reflection, as well as a celebration of accomplishment and continuity.

 

On April 23, in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, students at the Providence Hebrew Day School had the opportunity to visit Israel via Skype. 

The students and their teachers visited the home and gardens of Malka Abuloff, a licensed tour guide in Israel. Students were able to see the gorgeous view from her garden, including grapes that were growing in the valley below. They saw the many different types of plants growing in her garden, such as pomegranates, olives and figs from the seven species of Israel. She also explained some of the mitzvot, laws, that are applicable only in Israel. She specifically described the farming commandment relating to the sabbatical year.

Abuloff’s enthusiasm about having the special opportunity to live in Israel was sensed by all who attended the program. Thank you to Miriam Lipson for arranging this assembly for the students.

Rabbi Joshua ElkinRabbi Joshua ElkinIt was a night of celebration and recognition for Rhode Island Jewish teens. On May 3, the graduates of the Harry Elkin Midrasha Community High School and programs, along with other teens, were recognized for participating in Jewish learning programs, community service and other high school activities. The approximately 75 teens, family, friends and teachers were treated to the sounds of HaZamir, the local chapter of the international Jewish high school teen choir, along with speeches, awards and refreshments during the evening program in the Meeting House at Temple Emanu-El.

 

Community members enjoyed food, music and fun April 23 at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration at the Dwares JCC. /PHOTOS| FRAN OSTENDORF