Seniors celebrate summer, veterans at Kosher Senior Café


PROVIDENCE –The Kosher Senior Cafe at Temple Emanu-El hosted the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens on July 22 in a summer concert program. The lunchtime program included a meal, a short procession in recognition of veterans in attendance, and a classic song lineup. Attendees seated at round tables were waving flags, dancing and singing on the beautiful sunny Friday.


Approximately 80 people were in attendance, including Providence’s mayor, Jorge Elorza. The orchestra played several well-known songs including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Hava Nagila,” Edith Piaf’s “If You Love Me,” and a track from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Vietnam veteran Steven Shapiro carried out an American flag during the veterans’ procession. His wife, Elaine Shapiro, assistant to the director of Kosher nutrition at JFS, was working at the event.

“That’s my husband,” she said. “I’m very proud of him.”

After the procession and several songs celebrating the USA, a hot  lunch with traditional Jewish favorites, including brisket and matzo ball soup, was served. The Kosher Café is part of Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island’s Kosher Nutrition program.

ARIEL BROTHMAN is a freelance writer who lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts.