WASHINGTON (JTA) – During this year’s State of the Union address, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi was in a place familiar to her from her years as a leading pro-Israel fundraiser and activist: Tracking the speech for her favored topic.

It came just five paragraphs before the end, almost as an afterthought, and well after a substantial chunk of President Barack Obama’s speech addressed Iran and the threat it poses to Israel.

“I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen — man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability,” Obama said.

/Fran Ostendorf/Fran OstendorfFor Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, the employees of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island participated in a challenge: fill the Dwares JCC with as many trees as possible. Each department constructed a tree with their own gear and elements.

This year, Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, fell on Feb. 4. Can you guess where each of the trees pictured were on display during the holiday?

/Courtesy | JCDSRI/Courtesy | JCDSRIThis past fall, students from the Brown/RISD STEAM club came to JCDSRI to give interdisciplinary lessons to tie together what the students were learning in different classes. Anthony Peer (RISD Industrial Design ’16) and assistant Soo Hyun Shin (RISD MFA Graphic Design ’15) led Avian Architecture, a workshop that gave the third and fourth grade students a hands-on look into the construction of a bird’s nest. Below are some thoughts from Anthony.


Faculty from the three colleges listening to a lecture given by  Professor Moshe Shner about the city of Acco. /Photo | Mary Ellen Mcguire-SchwartzFaculty from the three colleges listening to a lecture given by Professor Moshe Shner about the city of Acco. /Photo | Mary Ellen Mcguire-SchwartzThe Rhode Island-Israel College Consortium (Project RIICC), an inter-institutional partnership between Rhode Island College and two higher education institutions in Israel, Beit Berl Academic College (BBC) and Oranim Academic College of Education (OAC), is bearing fruit.

The consortium organized an international conference in Israel that was held at BBC on Jan. 7 and at OAC on Jan. 8. OAC is the largest and leading college of education in North Israel. BBC is the largest college in number of students and range of programs.

The Women’s Alliance Endowment Fund membership seeks proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, July 2015-June 2016, for innovative programs and services that benefit Jewish women and girls and have the potential for long-term impact.  Educational, civic, cultural, religious and inter-group programs will be considered, as will services in the health and social services fields.