J-Campers and the greater Rhode Island community said le’hitraot to Maor Mintz this week as he finished his summer as camp shaliach. Whether he was leading songs at camp for morning circle, helping the campers make challahs on Friday or speaking to the community about Operation Protective Edge and the situation in Israel, he really did make a difference in the community. And that was one of his goals, he said, at the beginning of the summer. 

The September/October show in the Gallery at Temple Habonim features works by three nationally recognized artists. There will be a wine and cheese reception and an opportunity to meet the artists on Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through Oct. 29.

Lynne Mehlman focuses on the truth and beauty she observes. Following the tradition of the Boston School of Painting, she works in oils and pastels as she combines the colors of the impressionists with the accuracy of French academic training. She has won many national awards, including the Arts Unlimited Award of Excellence for Oil Still Life.

The 12th annual Dwares JCC 5K Road Race takes place Sept. 14 on the East Side of Providence. Youth races start at 9 a.m. The 5K kicks off at 10. This is a USATF certified race with prizes awarded for the top male and female overall as well as awards by age group. Post-run activities include face painting for kids, raffles and healthy refreshments such as fruit, and bagels.
Registration is available online at Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at the Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence. Volunteers are needed and community service hours can be given to those who need them. Contact Angela Sullivan at 401-421-4111, ext. 149, for more information.

Youth theater productions are being revived at Temple Emanu-El. This fall, teenagers from grades 6-12 are invited to participate in performing the play “13,” score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

This is a story about “labeling,” fitting in and finding one’s own identity. There will be an informational meeting on Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave. in Providence. A light lunch will be provided. Auditions will take place on Sept. 14 at 12:30 p.m., and rehearsals will be held every Sunday thereafter, starting at 12:30 p.m.

For the first time since she began high school, Emma Margulies of Barrington will not be participating in BBYO, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, activities. Since Margulies will be attending college, she is leaving behind her position as N’siah, or president, of her local BBYO chapter. However, there is plenty about BBYO that Margulies will carry forward with her.

Margulies initially joined BBYO, a youth group accepting of any and all Jewish denominations, including nonpracticing Jews, because she saw that her involved friends were having fun. Since joining, she decided to stay involved with BBYO because of the sisterhood she found with the girls in her chapter.