JTA – To the business press, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more obvious – it represents a shift in power from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. And there’s no question that it’s a big deal when one of the most powerful women in finance decides that the grass – or at least the money – is greener on the other side of the country.


What is long-term care?

Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care:

• Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional healthcare providers such as nurses, therapists or aides under a doctor’s supervision.

•             Intermediate care: Also provided by professional healthcare providers but on a less frequent basis than skilled care.

•             Custodial care: Personal care that’s often given by family caregivers, nurses’ aides or home health workers who provide assistance with what are called “activities of daily living” such as bathing, eating and dressing.

On April 7, the interfaith community of Rhode Island held a Hunger Seder at the State House to bring attention to the problem of hunger in our state and country. More than 30 people attended the Seder sponsored by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance. The Seder was led by Rabbi Sarah Mack who serves as clergy at Temple Beth-El in Providence and as the president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island. She was one of many from the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty in attendance. Similar Hunger Seders were held in other communities, including a national Seder held at the U.S. Capitol.

Igor GorinIgor GorinA confession. I mourn the demise of the card catalogs, those sturdy oak cabinets once found in libraries large and small. Need to find an author, a book, information on a particular topic? A little white square on the front of each drawer advertised the alphabetical listing of its contents. Pull out the relevant drawer (it came totally out of the cabinet), et voila! The information you sought was there with pertinent data printed on the card. Stubby little pencils and strips of scrap paper were available for jotting down numbers or quick notes, just in case you did not come prepared.


Gilor Meshulam, Israeli ShaliachGilor Meshulam, Israeli ShaliachJust a few days ago, we celebrated one of our most important holidays – and arguably the one that kept the Jewish narrative alive for 3,000 years. We celebrated Passover.

At Passover, we have two main concerns. One is to make sure that we remember that we were slaves. As a nation that has been through many “Egypts,” Israel remembers how difficult it is to be a “second class citizen.” Therefore, every decision we make and every step we take is in light of our history. Thus, Passover is an opportunity to remind ourselves about compassion, caring and helping the weak.

Our other concern is to make sure that the younger generations are able to learn, understand and comprehend the Israelite history. We left Egypt almost 3,000 years ago, and all of our ancestors have witnessed the Sinai revelation. Since that moment to this day, Jews have been telling their children what was witnessed in the Sinai desert. Their children told it to their descendants, and eventually it got to us in 21st century America. Simply amazing.