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Student leaders at Brown RISD Hillel gather for a year-end celebration. /BROWN RISD HilellStudent leaders at Brown RISD Hillel gather for a year-end celebration. /BROWN RISD HilellAt Brown RISD Hillel’s annual meeting April 29, the following awards and their winners were announced.

Robert ’81 and Elana ’08 Goldberg Family Ruach Award: Alyssa Baum ’18, Annie Prusky ’18

Rabbi Alan C. Flam, Executive Director 1982-2000, Tzedek Award: Noah Fitzgerel ’17

In 2008, eight Jewish women from different walks of life, affiliations, observance and ages began an organization  called the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, designed to empower women with the rich beauty of their Jewish heritage. The JWRP seeks to inspire women to transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.

The Rosh Hodesh Committee: Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow (chair), Kit Haspel, Toby London, Professor Ross Kraemer, Judy Levitt, Judy Robbins, and Maybeth Lichaa (not pictured: Barbara Sheer, Marcia Hirsch and Sherry Cohen). /Hillary SchulmanThe Rosh Hodesh Committee: Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow (chair), Kit Haspel, Toby London, Professor Ross Kraemer, Judy Levitt, Judy Robbins, and Maybeth Lichaa (not pictured: Barbara Sheer, Marcia Hirsch and Sherry Cohen). /Hillary SchulmanOn April 23, more than 40 community members gathered at the Jewish Alliance for a Women’s Alliance Rosh Hodesh luncheon presentation by Brown University’s Professor Ross Kraemer. The topic: women’s roles in ancient synagogues.

Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow, chair of the Rosh Hodesh series, kicked off the program with stories reminding the audience where programs such as Rosh Hodesh come from – the Jewish Alliance Annual Campaign.

 The funds raised through the campaign each year support overseas and local needs, providing quality programs and imperative social services, as well as allowing Jewish youth, both local and abroad, to develop and nurture a Jewish identity.

Kraemer, professor of religious studies and Judaic studies, then took the podium and began to explain certain inscriptions found in ancient synagogues. She showed some inscriptions that used the word for “head of the synagogue” in a masculine form but were used for a female. This brought up the question: how involved were women in antiquity, and were these ancient Jewish communities more progressive than we thought?

The fourth-grade from JCDS class stops for a photo. Below is an in-progress picture of  “I Am the Last Witness.” /CHARLOTTE SHEERThe fourth-grade from JCDS class stops for a photo. Below is an in-progress picture of “I Am the Last Witness.” /CHARLOTTE SHEEROn April 1, fourth-grade students from the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, and their teacher, Melissa Kranowitz, traveled to Foxboro, Massachusetts, to learn about the Holocaust Stamps Project, which has been underway for the past six years at Foxborough Regional Charter School. The kindergarten to grade 12 school serves a diverse student population of more than 1,200 students from 25 area communities. Only a small minority of those who attend are Jewish.

The group met with the project’s facilitator, Jamie Droste, viewed the 11 one-of-a-kind postage stamp artworks already completed by the middle and high school students and got to work on the newest collage project, “I Am the Last Witness.” The design was inspired by a U.S. Holocaust Museum photograph of a Holocaust victim’s wrinkled, tattered shoe found within the confines of a concentration camp following the liberation. It is being used symbolically in the artwork to represent “the last witness” to the human atrocities.

For three decades, the Dwares Jewish Community Center has hosted an annual golf tournament. On June 8, the Jewish Alliance will celebrate a 30-year milestone at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachusetts, with the Dwares JCC 30th Annual Golf Classic.

Always well-attended, the golf tournament raises funds for the Dwares JCC’s vital programs and crucial services that benefit the entire Rhode Island Jewish community. Funds raised will also make scholarships available for children to attend the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center, J-Camp, and J-Space after-school programs all housed within the Dwares JCC.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Dwares JCC 30th Annual Golf Classic, or you are interested in playing in the tournament, contact Hillary Schulman at 401-421-4111, ext. 127 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..