The new front atrium, as shown in a rendering by the architects. /COURTESY | N|E|M|D ArchitectsThe new front atrium, as shown in a rendering by the architects. /COURTESY | N|E|M|D ArchitectsBig improvements are coming to the Bonnie & Donald Dwares Jewish Community Center building. The structure, which straddles Elmgrove Avenue and Sessions Street in Providence, will soon undergo a sweeping update to its front and back entrances and lobby to make it handicapped accessible and more user-friendly.

Dedicated in 1971, the building is home to the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center, J-Fitness, J-Space afterschool programs, J-Camp, The Jewish Voice, the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, and The Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association. All will remain in the building.

Plans call for front and back entrances with lobbies to replace the current four separate entrances. An elevator will be available at the front entrance to take people up to the front lobby or down to the lower lobby. Concrete ramps will be in place at both entrances.

A modern-day couple on their wedding day. /Nicole Lopez WeddingsA modern-day couple on their wedding day. /Nicole Lopez WeddingsThe personality of weddings is changing. Since couples are waiting longer to get married, many in the wedding industry are seeing more confidence and more financial security in today’s engaged couples. As a result, they are taking control of the wedding planning, a role that traditionally belonged to parents. And since couples are taking the reins, more of their personalities shine through in the details of the big day!

Rabbi Wayne Franklin sounds the shofar.Rabbi Wayne Franklin sounds the shofar. /KAREN JEFFREYS, RI COALITION FOR THE HOMELESSThe sound of shofars echoed through the Rhode Island State House Jan. 6 to signal the beginning of the Eighth Annual Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty vigil. This year more than 225 people heard comments from Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello. Bishop Herson Gonzalez of the Calvary Worship Center, Woonsocket, offered a keynote address that focused on the need for the General Assembly to concentrate on reducing poverty, saying that there was so much work that still needs to be done in this area.


In order to keep the food flowing and accessible for seniors during the Dwares JCC renovations, the Kosher Senior Café is moving temporarily.

On March 2, the Alliance Kosher Senior Café at the Dwares JCC will move to Temple Emanu-El. According to Neal Drobnis, program coordinator, the café operation will move for 8-12 months while construction progresses at the Alliance’s Dwares JCC.

Meals will be served at noon in a room adjacent to the meeting hall. There’s a small kitchen available. The site will continue to operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Programs will continue and the same staff will be involved.

The program will move back to the Dwares JCC as soon as construction progress allows. For more information, call Drobnis or Elaine Shapiro at 401-421-4111, ext. 107. After March 2, the phone number will be 401-338-3189.

Erik Greenberg AnjouErik Greenberg AnjouAt first glance, the 2014 documentary “Deli Man” seems like an homage to pastrami. Yet the film stretches its vision far beyond the pickle, reaching back into the history of a Jewish American institution: the deli.

According to the book “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” by Ted Merwin, the first Russian immigrants to New York City, in the 1880s, helped delis rise to prominence in the early 20th century.