More than 1,600 community members gave their dollars and time generously to support the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s 2017 Annual Campaign, which ended June 30.
Driven by the values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the 2017 Annual Campaign provided funding for services, programs and organizations locally and around the world to ensure that children have enriching and safe learning opportunities, seniors age with dignity and respect, and Jewish families have the tools and resources they need.
For 2018, the Alliance has targeted its Annual Campaign around the theme of “100 Days of Giving.” The idea is to focus on fundraising in the first 100 days of the campaign year so community partners can quickly have funds available for their missions.
As The Jewish Voice went to press, the 2018 Annual Campaign, chaired by Susan Froehlich and Jamie Pious, had raised $2.59 million from 1,250 donors, tracking well ahead of the 2017 campaign.
The 2018 campaign successfully kicked off with Super Sunday on Sept. 17, 2017, with 65 volunteers raising about $88,000 from 219 donors to benefit the Jewish community in Rhode Island and around the world.
On Nov. 5, more than 350 donors attended the Annual Campaign event featuring Jennifer Teege, author of “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me.” The Victor and Gussie Baxt Social Hall at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center, in Providence, was filled to overflowing for the inspiring and thought-provoking evening.
At the end of November, 65 women joined together for the Alliance’s Rosh Hodesh program, featuring Rabbi Rachel Zerin of Temple Emanu-El, in Providence.
The 2018 Annual Campaign will conclude with two exciting programs. On May 2, internationally acclaimed chef Michael Solomonov will headline a culinary-themed event. An exclusive pre-reception, chaired by Donna Frank and Lezli Pious, will be held for Women’s Alliance members who donate a minimum of $1,000 annually.
On June 11, the Alliance’s 33rd Annual Dwares JCC Golf Classic, chaired by Jeanie and Wayne Charness, will take place at the Warwick Country Club.
Watch for additional programs, which will be scheduled throughout the year. The 2018 Annual Campaign continues until June.
For more information about the 2018 Annual Campaign or the Jewish Alliance, or to make a gift by phone, contact Stephanie Hague at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-421-4111, ext. 127. You may also make your gift directly online at jewishallianceri.org.
STEPHANIE HAGUE (email@example.com) is the philanthropy officer at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.