Rabbi James Rosenberg
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June 6, 1939, remains a dark day in the history of our people. On that day, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis, packed with Jewish refugees, was forced to return from New York to … more
In October 1964, Simon and Garfinkel’s “The Sound of Silence” appeared on their debut album, “Wednesday Morning, 3:00 A.M.” The song received little notice until it was … more
Between 1890 and 1940, 200 Yiddish theaters were established in New York City; in 1937 alone, Yiddish theaters in the city sold 1,250,000 tickets. Yet before the 1870s, there was not a … more
Rabbi Saul Leeman died at the age of 100 this past April 5 – 9 Nisan, 5777, on the Hebrew calendar. His funeral was held the next day at Providence’s Temple Emanu-El; both Rabbi Wayne … more
On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 27 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, a few hours before the official beginning of Yom ha-Shoah, members of the Rhode Island community – Jew and non-Jew alike … more
In 1979, the Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature, delivered a lecture on “A Personal Concept of Religion,” sponsored by the … more
While attending an Erev Shabbat service at Temple Habonim in Barrington on Feb. 17, I had the privilege of listening to Rodrigo Pimentel tell his story. Pimentel is a soft-spoken … more
When Leonard Cohen died this past Nov. 7 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 82, he was eulogized throughout much of the world as a talented singer and song writer; but he was also a poet, … more
In a Sept. 23, 2016, op-ed in The New York Times titled “Will the Left Survive Millennials?” novelist Lionel Shriver summarized her talk at the Brisbane (Australia) Writers Festival … more
The children of great men and women are often swallowed up in the greatness of their parents.  It is the rare son or daughter who survives unscathed growing up in the shadow of a parent who is … more
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