Rabbi Marc S. JagolinzerRabbi Marc S. JagolinzerRabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer, spiritual leader of Temple Shalom of Middletown for the past 40 years, will be recognized by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin at the Diocese of Providence’s Third Annual Lumen Gentium Awards Dinner on May 20.

The rabbi will be honored as a Friend of the Diocese. Long a supporter of the local Catholic parishes, he has worked very closely with the Diocesan Office of Social Ministry on a number of events and projects. For the past 13 years, he has actively participated on the Diocesan Advisory Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. From the inception of this advisory board in 2002, Jagolinzer kindly and graciously has been a faithful member. His pastoral sensitivity coupled with his reflective, reasoned approach to challenging situations has resulted in a consistently wise and practical contribution to the work of the board.

Nancy SpielbergNancy Spielberg

Nancy Spielberg, documentary producer and sister of famed director Steven Spielberg, presents her new film, “Above and Beyond,” on May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whaling Museum Theater, New Bedford. The film is the remarkable untold true story of a group of Jewish WWII fighter pilots who risked everything to fly for Israel in its War of Independence in 1948. The program includes a screening of the movie and a reception, followed by a Q-and-A.

Spielberg’s interest in the Israeli Air Force developed by chance. She had read the obituary of Al Schwimmer, an American TWA flight engineer, who had smuggled planes to Israel, recruited volunteer pilots to fly them in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and was the “Father of the Israeli Air Force.” First, Spielberg was surprised that an American helped to create the Israeli Air Force. Plus, she knew that the smuggling operations that sent planes to Israel were widely unknown. She asked some fundamental questions. Would you risk everything – your future, your citizenship, even your life – to help a brother in need?

The Jewish Federation Foundation of Greater Rhode Island announces the launch of its online portal known as Renaissance. It is a simple way to access donor advised or permanent endowment funds online, making it even easier to remain committed to serving the needs of the community – with just one mouse click. 

“We’re excited to announce the launch of the Jewish Federation Foundation online portal because it continues to serve the consumer and the community. Being able to manage your donor advised fund online makes it an effortless way to give and grant,” said Jay Rosenstein, chair of the Jewish Federation Foundation.

Lital and Elad on the Cliff Walk in NewportLital and Elad on the Cliff Walk in NewportThe “Israeli Soldiers Stories Tour” – now in its sixth year – has become one of the most important programs that StandWithUs sponsors. This April, two young IDF reservist soldiers, Elad and Lital, made a brief but inspiring visit to Rhode Island on their tour of the Northeast.

Lital is a journalist and anchor for a news website in Israel. She served at checkpoints aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks as a combat soldier in the Border Police Unit, an atypical position for a female soldier. Lital is currently working on a master’s degree in the history of Judaism in the U.S. While in Rhode Island, she enjoyed a trip to the Touro Synagogue.

 Elad served as an officer in the COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) unit, which coordinates humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. He first served in the Gaza District, and later in the West Bank city of Hebron. He was directly responsible for overseeing humanitarian goods going into Gaza, and acted as mediator between the IDF and international organizations.

For 113 years, the volunteer members of the Rhode Island Section of the National Council of Jewish Women have joined forces to turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW’s mission is to strive for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Now, the Rhode Island Section is closing.

On May 20, the Rhode Island Section Board has planned a special luncheon at Laurelmead to honor Ellie Elbaum and Nan Levine, the final co-presidents, who have poured heart and soul into the Council’s mission “forever,” and to reminisce about the highly successful projects that the Rhode Island Section has promoted. Two timely NCJW/RI forums in 2007 and 2014 on human trafficking in Rhode Island were pivotal in the formation and success of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking.