In our community

In Guatemala, Rabbi Mack gets first-hand look at how human-rights advocates can make a difference

Monday, March 9

At the end of January, Rabbi Sarah Mack of Temple Beth-El, in Providence, traveled to Guatemala as part of the Global Justice Fellowship run by American Jewish World Service (AJWS). There, she …

Rabbi Joshua Bolton: Growing Jewish life through Hillel

Sunday, March 8

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.”

Temple Sinai’s biblical garden grows again

Monday, March 9

CRANSTON – For many years, Temple Sinai has had a biblical garden, featuring plants, trees vegetables and flowers mentioned in the Bible. Started by Catherine Walter, the plantings were …
Editor's column

Will spring be the same this year?

It’s the beginning of March and here in southern New England we are all looking forward to spring. This is our annual Home & Garden issue, because it’s around now that we’re …

Do you remember?

A new decade is cause for reflection

Many opportunities for civil discourse

Step away from the rat race

Looking back at Jewish Rhode Island in 5779


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Ida Bernstein, 94

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Goldie Greene, 101

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Tuesday, March 17

Those of you who have found yourselves in the main lobby of Providence’s Temple Beth-El have probably noticed a striking art installation just to the left of the doors leading into the …
Exploring humanity in “God of Vengeance”

In a 1951 issue of the Israeli Yiddish journal, “Di Goldeni Kayt” (“The Golden Chain”), the prominent Yiddish writer, Sholem Asch (1880-1957), tells of the reaction of his …

Other news

JCS building closed but team, volunteers still serve community

As with so many other organizations in the Rhode Island Jewish community, Jewish Collaborative Services (JCS) closed their building this week. But they haven’t stopped offering services to the community.

Congregations find new ways to stay connected

‘Politics is for Power,’ author to speak at Bryant

From Providence to Israel

Temple Sinai to honor the voices of women

Doctors of Music at JCC on March 22

Remember the Past

Gone but not forgotten: Jewish delis, bakeries and Benny’s

Sunday, March 8

The conversation began with the red sticker on the box containing a hand mixer. Printed on the sticker was the price and the name of the store – Benny’s. Seeing the familiar sticker …


Passover in the time of coronavirus: Cancellations mount at Kosher resorts

Sunday, March 8

NEW YORK (JTA) – For the past three years, Esther Possick has avoided the hassle of hosting Passover at her Long Island home by traveling to Kosher hotels in foreign locales. In 2017, she spent the holiday at a resort in Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy not far from the Swiss border. The following year she tried out Rimini, a coastal city on the Adriatic. Last year she opted for a program in Spain.


Meet the challah-tinkering yeast scientist who’s helping pandemic bread bakers get a good rise

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(JTA) — Few people have any great solutions for this difficult moment in human history, but Sudeep Agarwala is one of them. As a yeast scientist, Agarwala spends much of his time thinking …