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The appearance of COVID-19 in Rhode Island has rapidly brought a lot of changes to the Jewish community. Between working from home and following social distancing precautions, opportunities for group interaction have been greatly reduced. more
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled. Organizers hope to reschedule it at a later date with a similar program. more
Shabbat for me has never been about whether I turned the lights on or off, drove a car or refrained from caring for my vegetable garden. I love the many rituals and trappings of our Ashkenormative Shabbat – especially challah – but the 39 prohibitions, not so much. more
Rabbi Joshua Bolton, executive director of Brown RISD Hillel, oversees the vital connection between students and Judaism on the campuses of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Brown and RISD students are an active part of the East Side and College Hill neighborhoods of Providence. Hillel is housed in the Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center on Brown Street in Providence. “Jewish growth is our focus,” Rabbi Bolton said in a recent interview in his office. “Enabling students to grow as Jews over their four years of college is important. We assume they are growing in other areas. We want to make sure folks understand that. There has never really been a better time to be a Jewish college student.” more
The Rhode Island Jewish community supports an Israel experience as an integral part of a student’s education and growing Jewish identity. Thanks to several area families’ generosity, … more
There is a saying that the worst day at summer camp is better than the best day not at camp … or something like that.  Even waking up to rain is fun – sleeping in a little bit, … more
I am often asked about the differences between day camp and overnight camp – besides the obvious difference that you sleep at overnight camp but not at day camp.  I have been fortunate … more
The sweet memories of summer. Each year, parents struggle with the question, “What will my children do during summer vacation?” Years ago, the kids played outside, unsupervised, from … more
Judaism, philosopher and rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, emphasizes holiness in time. While that might work well for philosophers, Jews over the centuries have worked hard to make spaces holy … more
“Well, we don’t like Hitler, but at least he’s killed the Jews.” Those were the words spoken to John J. Loeb in 1945, by his classmates at the Hotchkiss School. At the … more
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