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Pastrami on RI performs at the Jewish Family Service 85th Anniversary Gala, left to right, Hillary Schulman, Seth Finkle, Maayan Harel, Sara Goldenberg Toso, Joanna Korman, Jose Montanez. /Hillary SchulmanPastrami on RI performs at the Jewish Family Service 85th Anniversary Gala, left to right, Hillary Schulman, Seth Finkle, Maayan Harel, Sara Goldenberg Toso, Joanna Korman, Jose Montanez. /Hillary SchulmanIn this day and age college is no longer solely an academic experience. Students often opt for universities with vibrant on-campus communities offering the chance to mingle with like-minded people. Pair this with the constant flux of classes each semester, and it becomes clear just how easy it is to make friends.  Instead of trying to fill their social calendars, students vie for the simple pleasure of having a day to themselves. 

 

Maayan HarelMaayan HarelArts Emanu-El, at Temple Emanu-El Providence, presents “Maayan Harel: In Concert.” Harel, a Boston-based, up-and-coming soprano, is Arts Emanu-El’s 2014 Guest Soloist.  During her concert on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Harel will sing in seven different languages.

The public is invited to hear this exciting young soprano, whose voice has been described as full, lyrical and wonderfully expressive, as she sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, German, Italian, English and Czech, and performs a variety of classical, Yiddish and Jewish solo pieces.

Hanukkah candlelighting December 2012.Hanukkah candlelighting December 2012.Chabad of Rhode Island plans three community events for Hanukkah including a candlelighting ceremony at the Rhode Island State House, a café and a children’s party.

On Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., community members and elected officials will light the Hanukkah candles at the Rhode Island State House.

On Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Grand Chabad Chanukah Cafe takes place at Chabad House, 360 Hope St., Providence. Come for the latkes, stay for the speaker, a prominent Rhode Island immigration attorney who will discuss immigration for the nation and the lessons that can be learned.

The next day, Dec. 21, at noon, the kids can join in the fun at a Children’s Gala and Chanukah Pizza Party at Chabad House. Dreidel tournaments, arts and crafts and a chance to decorate your own window decal as well as prizes are on the agenda.

Meredith HoffmanMeredith Hoffman“Who the Heck is Ida Gerskill? The Challenges of Researching Jewish Names” is the topic of genealogist Meredith Hoffman’s presentation for the Adult Education series at Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Road in Barrington.  On Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., noted genealogist Meredith Hoffman returns, by popular request, to offer strategies, techniques and tools for meeting the special challenges faced when researching Jewish family names and town names.  She will discuss issues, including name changes, spelling and translation/transliteration difficulties.

 

Joshua MalinaJoshua MalinaYou’ve seen it in the papers, online and throughout the community:  Joshua Malina, star of “The West Wing” and “Scandal,” is coming to Rhode Island. Thirteen of our dedicated community members came to the Jewish Alliance on Nov. 24 to let the rest of the community know about this event, while raising $10,838 in the process.