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NEW YORK (JTA) – Since the release of the Pew report on American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it. What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised. more
The first day of Hanukkah will be on Thanksgiving this year, for the first time ever and never again! So expect to see, or be sure to put, turkey and latkes on the table. This is the only time it will ever happen. more
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
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