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PROVIDENCE – Congregation Beth Sholom has commissioned their first-ever written Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) – as opposed to purchasing one – reports Rabbi Barry Dolinger. A celebratory kickoff will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to … more
True confession: I started writing this article more than two months ago and I am just finishing it now. I had the best intentions, of course. I planned to bang it out that very first week, but I realized that I was going to be traveling for … more
The November/December art show in the Gallery at Temple Habonim features three noted Rhode Island artists – Carol FitzSimonds, Wendy Ingram and Robert Pillsbury. The show will open with a wine and cheese reception on Nov. 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 … more
During the 1980s, the Jews of Ethiopia began leaving Africa for Israel in the thousands, and at present very few remain in Ethiopia. Their emigration to Israel has involved many challenges, including having to transition from village life to life in … more
Jewish Book Month, an annual event in recognition of Jewish books and authors, is celebrated from Oct. 26 to Nov. 26. It is the Jewish Book Council’s longest-running program, harking back to the Council’s origins in Jewish Book Week, a program … more
Did you find the stirring scenes at the London summer Olympic Games in 2012 thrilling?  Have you always wanted the opportunity to represent your community at an international event?  Do you have a passion for sports or arts?  If you answered yes … more
My trip to Syria was during the honeymoon period after the first Gulf War. Syrian cooperation had been secured at the cost of billions of American dollars. Bashar Hafez al-Assad had become president upon the death of his father, Hafiz al-Assad, and … more
KINGSTON – Chalk markings of hopeful messages were found on sidewalks at the University of Rhode Island Kingston campus on Oct. 20, after the University’s fifth Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Hundreds of University of Rhode Island community … more
MAFRAQ, Jordan (JTA) – The purple plastic sacks fill two rooms in the otherwise sparsely furnished headquarters of a Jordanian NGO (non-governmental organization), awaiting distribution to Syrian refugees already lined up on the sidewalk. more
PROVIDENCE – Envision the following scenario: You have just picked up your child from his afterschool program when he starts complaining of ankle pain. You take a look at the problem only to realize that you have no idea whether little Aaron has a … more
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