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BARBARA KENERSONBARBARA KENERSONIn a perfect world, both halves of a couple share the same investment goals and agree on the best way to try to reach them. It doesn’t always work that way, though; disagreements about money are often a source of friction between couples. You may be risk averse while your spouse may be comfortable investing more aggressively – or vice versa. How can you bridge that gap?

 

Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori with husband Dr. Carl F. Cori.Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori with husband Dr. Carl F. Cori.It was early in the 20th century (1905) when the Nobel Peace Prize was first awarded to a woman – Baroness Bertha Sophie Felicita von Suttner, a leader of the international peace movement. It took nearly another half century before the Nobel Prize was awarded to a woman in the sciences. On Dec. 10, 1947, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Dr. Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori jointly with her husband Dr. Carl F. Cori, and Dr. Bernardo A. Houssay.

 

Herb Meister with grandson Ethan ThalerHerb Meister with grandson Ethan ThalerWhen you think of the word tradition, what comes to mind for most people is Tevye the milkman from “Fiddler on the Roof.” When I think of tradition what comes to mind is Jewish Eldercare of Rhode Island’s longtime volunteer Herb Meister.  Herb has been visiting nursing homes as a volunteer for Jewish Eldercare of Rhode Island, a Jewish Seniors Agency’s outreach program for more than 15 years.

Ladies’ Hebrew Union Aid from the 1930s. /Rhode Island Jewish Historical AssociationLadies’ Hebrew Union Aid from the 1930s. /Rhode Island Jewish Historical AssociationLet us begin with some statistics. Between 1880 and 1916, 21 Jewish women’s organizations received charters from the State of Rhode Island: one each in Pawtucket, Bristol and Woonsocket; three in Newport; the remainder in Providence. These were the years of the massive emigrations from Eastern Europe, when so many newcomers needed help, and Jewish communities were just beginning to take shape. The founders of these organizations were, with few exceptions, immigrants themselves who undertook the tremendous task of helping their neighbors through difficult times. 

Cara Mitnick makes some phone calls. /Fran OstendorfCara Mitnick makes some phone calls. /Fran OstendorfWith winter seeming to begin later than ever, the Jewish community in Rhode Island “bundled” together to help those in need on Super Sunday, Jan. 11.

Rhode Islanders answered the call to help ensure a strong Jewish future. More than 60 volunteers gathered to raise $97,108, propelling the 2015 Annual Campaign past the $2.5 million mark. The volunteers thanked donors for their past support and were able to reach out, engage and bring many more people into the giving community. In the spirit of a new year, the community was reminded to give back, thus creating a communal atmosphere.