Community

Peace, blessings and health have been important words in the life of The Miriam Hospital since its founding by a group of women in Providence as a place for Jewish doctors to practice and a home for Jewish patients. Today, The Miriam’s roots are nowhere more evident than in the artwork on its walls. Art is everywhere, much of it with a Jewish focus.

Carol Desforges is a woman who can’t stop giving to others. Over the years, she has filled countless volunteer positions targeting several demographics. When asked what she hopes to give to others, she responds, “I’m just going from volunteer [position] to volunteer [position] to provide something for somebody.” 

 Rabbi Jeffrey W. Goldwasser and Cantor Wendy J. Siegel are joining Temple Sinai’s community this summer. The two have quite a bit in common. Both newcomers followed their calling only after spending some time in the secular world. The rabbi was a professional in the environmental movement, and the cantor worked as a legal secretary. However, their simultaneous start at Sinai and a career change are not the only parallels. In fact, their origins reveal that their love of community motivated both to choose their current professions.

Camp JORI, a co-ed overnight summer camp in Wakefield, R.I. for children ages 7-15, has offered children the opportunity to have a Jewish camp experience for more than a century. But this summer some campers got an extra “boost.” Although scholarships are awarded, many families still can’t afford the basic supplies needed for a successful camp experience. 

Temple Habonim’s quest to find an education director is over – Gary A. Kabler has filled the role. In February, the search committee was hopeful to hire someone with musical abilities to complement the teaching experience; Kabler is completing his last year in the cantorial program at The Academy of Jewish Religion in New York. Nicole Jellinek, the committee co-chair, said they were looking for “someone who has some experience in curriculum development and somebody who is aware of the current trends in religious education and interested in experiential learning and teaching to the needs of differential learners.” Kabler has taught Hebrew and religious courses to students from elementary to high school age. In addition, he’s served as advisor to various temple youth groups.