The Women’s Alliance Endowment Fund held its annual meeting on May 19 to determine this year’s grant recipients. As they do every year, the WAEF members in attendance had some difficult decisions to make as the 15 proposals received totaled more than $36,000 in requests. With only $8,000 available to allocate, some very worthwhile programs remain unfunded. 


Mindy Wachtenheim, Susan Leach DeBlasio, Jane Weitzman, Maybeth Lichaa and Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow.Mindy Wachtenheim, Susan Leach DeBlasio, Jane Weitzman, Maybeth Lichaa and Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow.PROVIDENCE – On the evening of May 27, Temple Beth-El was filled with color, conversation and contributions to the 2015 Jewish Alliance Annual Campaign. Elegantly dressed and impeccably coiffed women in gorgeous shoes gathered to hear a moving speech, socialize with friends and sample some delicious desserts. Many also looked forward to the opportunity to win a pair of Stuart Weitzman high heels donated by Mel & Me, Ltd.


Alice GoldsteinAlice GoldsteinAlice Dreifuss Goldstein loves to tell stories, true stories of her life in Germany and growing up in a strange country, the United States. She lovingly told these stories in her memoir “Ordinary People, Turbulent Times.”

To those who know her, Alice is far from ordinary. She has collaborated with her distinguished husband Dr. Sidney Goldstein in demographic surveys, including several of the Jewish community and Jewish education. In her own right she has earned international recognition for her research on the effect of modernity on populations; how people respond to change. Her interests lie in the human story behind and beyond the facts and figures.

Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer’sRabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer’sRabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer’s 40 years as spiritual leader of Temple Shalom of Middletown will be celebrated the weekend of June 5-7.

Jagolinzer came to Temple Shalom, then a new Conservative congregation on Aquidneck Island, while a student rabbi at a yeshiva in Brooklyn.  He was invited to serve as a full-time rabbi to the 50 families of the congregation and moved to Newport in 1974 on his ordination.  Shortly after he arrived, the congregation’s home in the converted Birdland Café on Thames Street in Newport was firebombed. After three years meeting in the Ahavis Achim Synagogue on Central Street, the congregation completed construction on its own building and moved to its current home on Valley Road.

Michael and Jennifer Oelbaum and Jeffrey Isaacs.Michael and Jennifer Oelbaum and Jeffrey Isaacs.PROVIDENCE – Friends old and new gathered on May 7 at Pizzico Ristorante for the Double Chai Society’s inaugural cocktail reception. This group is the Jewish Alliance’s newest Annual Campaign giving initiative designed to engage young donors between the ages of 30 and 50 who give a gift of at least $360. The philanthropic endeavors of this group aim to help the Annual Campaign provide for those in need and sustain the local and global Jewish communities. The society plans social and educational activities to engage members of this frequently missed demographic.