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The snow’s melting and the sunshine seems here to stay – two signs that the long-awaited spring has finally arrived. And with Passover in just a few days, it is a special time for family and friends to welcome a new beginning. One valuable way to step into spring together is by making memories with loved ones today that create a legacy for tomorrow.

 

The Holocaust Education & Resource Center of Rhode Island welcomes Geraldine Foster who will speak on “Providence Jewish Community and the Rise of Hitler; 1933-1939.” The program takes place March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cranston Public Library 150 Sockanosset Cross Road.

 

Everyone deals with workplace stress on a daily basis, whether it is distress (negative) or eustress (positive.)  While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and impact your mental, emotional and physical health. 

 

Facing Passover following the loss of a loved one can be a difficult experience, especially if that person played a prominent role in the Seder, which is often the centerpiece of the Passover experience.  For some, it can be particularly hard to celebrate when feeling sad.  The first year can be especially painful as we realize that our lives have changed and that our holiday rituals will never be the same without our lost loved one.  Sometimes the anticipation of the holiday is actually worse than the celebration itself.

 

Passover is a holiday that’s as much about doubt as it is about certainty. In addition to the four questions, there are many others we ask ourselves during the celebration. Is it necessary to place pillows on our chairs to eat in a reclining position since the slaves were forced to eat in a hurried manner? Should we abstain from certain foods to honor the holiday or rewrite the rules? Do we consider matzah to be the bread of affliction or the taste of freedom? Must we teach the Exodus story to children because it’s an obligation or do we deem it a mitzvah? We can go on and on. Overwhelmed by uncertainty? Let the resources below provide some answers.