Eldy Bar-Or is the featured speaker at a Hadassah program on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston.

Community members are invited to hear Bar-Or, a resident of Massachusetts, speak. He is a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. In July, his special Paratroopers Reconnaissance unit was called to serve in Operation Protective Edge.

“People must understand the kind of warfare in Gaza was the most surgical and precise, unlike anything in the world.,” explains Bar-Or. “There was more firepower in the 51-day campaign than in any other war in Israel’s history, in a civilian area with 2 million people.”  

The Slom Scholarship Fund provides up to two college scholarships for high school seniors.  Students must submit an interpretive work focusing on the George Washington letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in context with the present time.

Application materials are available at Synagogue Foundation.  Only completed applications will be considered.

Questions regarding the scholarship program can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting the Touro Synagogue Foundation office at 401- 847-4794, ext. 207.

Applications and interpretive works must be received by April 21, 2015.

The Sessions Street Community Garden in Providence awaits the spring thawThe Sessions Street Community Garden in Providence awaits the spring thawTo state the obvious, this winter took a toll on you. You had to postpone trips, reschedule appointments and schedule new ones (your poor back didn’t appreciate the strain of repeated shoveling). You have spent more money than you care to admit fixing broken furnaces, cleaning up the damage done by burst pipes and paying for particularly challenging snow removal. You have cooked all the soup you ever want to cook, watched all the reruns of “The Golden Girls” you ever want to watch and even caught up on your ironing. Now, you had the luxury of staying inside a warm house (unless you were the one with the furnace problem), and you’re still frustrated. Think about how your plants might feel. Find out just what you can do to help them get out of the winter rut.


On March 21 and 22, the New England Academy of Torah students put on a production titled “Living the Good Life,” under the guidance of Debbie Raskin, Tichyeh Schochet and Janice Kaidan. Based on Marcus Lehmann’s book, “A Portrait of Two Families,” this story takes its audience through a transformative and turbulent time in Jewish history, presenting timeless lessons and shining examples of strong faith in the face of difficult challenges.


/URI Outreach Center/URI Outreach CenterCome up to your window and take a look, please. Chances are you’ll see whiteness glaring back at you. Amid all that snow, wouldn’t it be nice to visit a tropical oasis? Not everyone can afford a trip to the Caribbean or a two-week vacation to lie on the beach in Florida. Why not enjoy a mini retreat on the beautiful Island of Rhode? Specifically, venture out to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, the land of tropical plants and their habitat.