Chabad House on Hope Street.Chabad House on Hope Street.It may sound ridiculous: comparing two sanctuaries, especially when they represent different religious and architectural traditions. The point, however, is not to affirm the superiority of one over the other.  Rather, the juxtaposition is intended to be mutually beneficial, showing, perhaps, how one sanctuary illuminates its sister.

Chabad House on Hope Street and the Society of Friends Meetinghouse on Olney Street are only a few blocks apart but, within the glow of Roger Williams’ heritage, are spiritual neighbors. Both buildings, which serve tiny congregations, are small and unobtrusive. Neither is adorned with such symbols as spires, domes, bell towers or colored windows.

Judith FrankJudith FrankI had the pleasure of receiving a copy of “All I Love And Know” in advance of its release in July. I curled up with that book and, it might sound cliché, but I could not put it down. When Lezli Pious asked if I would co-chair the Women’s Alliance Campaign Celebration with her, I glanced at my copy of “All I Love And Know” and agreed to co-chair, hoping that this book would be considered. Happily it was chosen, and I am thrilled it is finding its way to our community of readers.

On Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association will hold its fall meeting at Temple Sinai, Cranston. Author and international lecturer Arie Kaplan will speak on “Wizards of Wit: Jewish Comedy from Caesar to Seinfeld.”

Rabbi Bradley Shavit ArtsonRabbi Bradley Shavit ArtsonThis year’s scholar-in-residence at Temple Emanu-El is one of America’s most prolific writers of contemporary Jewish thought, and the dean of two rabbinical schools in Los Angeles and Germany, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL.

Rabbi Artson ( is the dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, vice president of American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and now serves as dean of the new Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical School, a Conservative seminary in Potsdam, Germany.  He is the author of 10 books and over 250 articles. He will focus on his two most recent books, “God of Becoming and Relationship” and “Passing Life’s Tests” during his visit to Providence.

Fashion will be in full force on Dec. 7, from 3-6 p.m. at Temple Beth-El with a professional runway show by LIGHTS/FASHION/PHILANTHROPY – a “fashion-event” production and entertainment company –  and Donahue Models.

The event includes a pop-up boutique of local up-and-coming designers, a silent auction, entertainment, hors d’ouvres and “mocktails” and the reveal of the makeover winner, who will be chosen at random. The winner will receive a free cut and color at Makeovers Salon.