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Pictured at the event are (left to right) Pastor Dave Marquard, Irving Schild, Bracha Stuart, Major Eldar Bar-Or and Pastor Allan Pangburn. /Photo | Regina SchildPictured at the event are (left to right) Pastor Dave Marquard, Irving Schild, Bracha Stuart, Major Eldar Bar-Or and Pastor Allan Pangburn. /Photo | Regina SchildCRANSTON – You don’t need to be Jewish to love Israel.

On May 31, more than 200 Jews and Christians from Rhode Island enjoyed an educational night of friendship, where the love of Israel was shared by all. Hosted by StandWithUs Rhode Island and Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the event was held the building that formerly housed Temple Torat Yisrael and is now the base of CUFI’s Rhode Island chapter.

Ken Schneider receives a standing ovation. /IRINA MISSIUROKen Schneider receives a standing ovation. /IRINA MISSIUROWARWICK – On May 21, the Jewish Seniors Agency held its 82nd annual meeting, “Putting Life into Living,” at The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence. Jeffrey Padwa, president,  welcomed Rabbi Ethan Adler to offer a D’var Torah. Jeffrey Savit, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of the Greater Rhode Island, addressed the mission of JFS and the JSA.

 

PHDS Pre-K students with Lynn Jakubowicz and Rabbi Peretz Scheinerman. /PHDSPHDS Pre-K students with Lynn Jakubowicz and Rabbi Peretz Scheinerman. /PHDSIn honor of Father’s Day, Providence Hebrew Day School’s Principal, Miriam Esther Weiner, along with Mrs. Beth Berman, Mrs. Ilana Weissmann and Rabbi Yaakov Zimmerman, asked students to share with our readers what they love about their dads. The kids complied. Here are some of their thoughts.

 

Sgt. William SheminSgt. William SheminFor the second time in his administration, President Barack Obama has made extraordinary efforts to recognize servicemen whose valor was somehow overlooked due to race, ethnicity or religion.  On June 2, the president awarded the Medal of Honor to two men:  Pvt. Henry Johnson, an African-American soldier, and Sgt. William Shemin, who was Jewish.  As we’ve just passed Memorial Day, it seems only fitting to congratulate both of these men on achieving the recognition that they so richly deserve.  A century late is better than never.

 

PROVIDENCE – A May 20 gathering marked the sendoff for the Rhode Island section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

The room at Laurelmead was crowded to honor Ellie Elbaum and Nan Levine, the co-presidents and longtime volunteers who faced the difficult decision to recommend that the section shut down.

The luncheon and program that followed included the official vote to disband the Rhode Island group. Levine, who called for the vote, mentioned the group’s more than 100-year history and how difficult this vote has been.