Kenen WeinerKenen WeinerThe fall meeting of the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association on Oct. 18 at Temple Habonim, Barrington at 2 p.m. will feature Kenen Weiner, a genealogist. She will speak on “From Ship to Citizenship – Finding our Immigrant Ancestors.” Attendees will learn how to locate immigration and naturalization documents and what you can discover from them.


There is a theory in psychology that we all have a narrative, a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves. It is the way in which we understand the unfolding of our lives, our roles in the world, perhaps the meaning or central themes of our lives. It might begin with when and where we were born, and it continues to unfold with the important moments in our lives.

The story I tell about myself might be very different from the story my spouse, my parents or my children tell about me. But that does not make my narrative any less real or true: It is my perspective on the story of my life.

Thanks to an extremely successful JBoost campaign, 120 seniors in the local Jewish community received emergency preparedness boxes this year.

According to Neal Drobnis, coordinator of Kosher nutrition at Jewish Family Service, the fundraising goal was set at $2,000. In the end, the project raised nearly $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Ocean State Job Lot. Teens from J-Space helped pack boxes as did seniors from the Kosher Café at the Dwares JCC. Boxes included emergency supplies such as batteries, flashlight, peanut butter, shelf-stable snacks and first aid supplies.

On Sept. 4, 70 seniors from the Kosher Café in Cranston and Providence, along with 10 from the To Life Center, gathered at Goddard Park for a Rosh Hashanah party in the carousel pavilion. There was good food, camaraderie and live music by Susan McLeod to usher in the new year with friends.

Jewish Rhode Islanders have been actively and proudly involved in Scouting even before the Boy Scouts of America came to the Ocean State in 1913. For example, Walter Adler (1897-1991) joined the Rhode Island Boy Scouts in 1911. Herman Galkin (1898-1979) was so devoted to Scouting that he organized and led at least five troops sponsored by Jewish organizations.