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In 1996, the famed Broadway trio of Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens joined forces to create the book, music and lyrics (respectively) for the musical “Ragtime.” Based … more
Here are some photos from Arlington National Cemetery and the Lustig and Rabe families. more
J Street held its 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C., from April 14-17th. Judy Kaye and I, co-chairs of J Street Rhode Island, joined over 3,000 conference attendees, including 1,200 … more
Some facts about Jewish veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery: • There are more than 2,000 Jewish veterans buried there. • Jewish veterans have been buried there since … more
The number of veterans who belong to organizations has declined sharply across the nation and Rhode Island, and it’s the same story for Jewish war veteran groups.   While Ira … more
Arthur Poulten, a true giant in Touro Fraternal Association history, left a lasting legacy as the former chairman of the board of directors for 12 years.  Poulten, who passed away on April 1 … more
Many years ago, when my son Mason was in elementary school, he was hit in the face by a ball while in the schoolyard. When he came home, he looked awful, but there were no signs of … more
 On May 16, the Moses Brown School and Temple Torat Yisrael will host a free screening of the 2016 documentary “The Last Laugh,” directed by Ferne Pearlstein. The film, which premiered nationally on PBS’s “Independent Lens” in April 2017, poses a provocative question: “Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?” I recently spoke with Pearlstein about the film and what it contributes to Holocaust education. more
JTA – President Donald Trump proclaimed May Jewish Heritage Month. In a statement issued Monday by the White House, Trump said that “Jewish Americans have helped guide … more
JTA – “The Band’s Visit,” about a troupe of Egyptian musicians that winds up in a tiny Israeli village, garnered 11 Tony nominations, including for best … more
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