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Jewish life in 2020: A year in pictures

Thursday, January 7

(JTA) – For the Jewish community, 2020 has been historic, turbulent and revelatory. The year began with 25,000 people, Jews and non-Jews, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to take a stand …
Up Front

Breaking the glass ceiling: Temple Beth-El’s Senior Rabbi Sarah Mack

Thursday, January 7

Sarah Mack is the senior rabbi at Temple-Beth El, in Providence, where she has served since 2003, upon her ordination from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Mack also spent a year studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, in Jerusalem.
Board of Rabbis of Greater RI

In response to Washington, D.C., violence, Rabbis call for justice, truth and peace

Thursday, January 14

We, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, decry the events that took place in our nation’s capital two weeks ago and call for justice, truth and peace in their aftermath. Our tradition teaches, “Pray for the welfare of the government, for were it not for the fear it inspires, every person would swallow his neighbor alive” (Pirkei Avot 3:2).  Peaceful transitions of power are the foundation stone of our stable, democratic government.  Without ground rules, the Mishnah instructs, violence and chaos ensue.  We grieve the fragile health of our republic and urge sincere prayer and reflection from the heart.

Clergy gather online for annual anti-poverty vigil

Thursday, January 7

In an annual tradition, clergy of all faiths gathered Jan. 5 to call on Rhode Island legislators to fight against poverty. This year, rather than the State House rotunda, the venue was an online Zoom …
Editor's column

Renew your commitment to good health

Have you made a commitment to your health and well-being? Are you keeping yourself healthy? While your answers to these questions have always been important, they’ve taken on extra meaning …

Ending a dark year with the Festival of Lights

Giving thanks during a November like no other

A call to action: Make your voice heard

Rosh Hashanah in the time of pandemic

Embrace the new normal – for now


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Ever since I retired from Temple Habonim back in the summer of 2007 and we moved to our condo on the East Side of Providence, Sandy and I have been spending our Thanksgivings feasting in the Natick, …
An unquenchable and enduring love for America

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in December 1776, during the dark days of our Revolutionary War, our fragile nation only 6 months old.  Today, …

Other news

Upcoming community read focuses on unplugging

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island has chosen Tiffany Shlain’s book, “24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection,” for the next community read, …

Jewish Disability Advocacy Month coming in February

Students get a lesson on Zionism and anti-Semitism

The Alliance’s COVID-19 relief campaign is helping the hardest hit

Emanu-El film fest to feature ‘Shared Legacies’

Services are Zoom-ing along at area congregations

Remember the Past

The beautiful tea cups nobody wants

Thursday, January 7

To be honest, I am not a fan of Facebook, nor do I know how to access the site. Email and the phone keep me in touch with family and friends, and with community and personal events. Yet it was a post …

Letters to the Editor

Heartfelt thanks

Thursday, January 7

The family of M. David Seidman would like to acknowledge many friends and family for reaching out during this difficult time.The greatest comfort during our sorrow is the expressions of sympathy, …


Thursday, December 3, 2020

The headline at the bottom of the November [2020] “Jewish Rhode Island” issue – “American Jews grapple with profound political shifts” – reminded me of a concern I …


This beety, beefy cabbage soup is perfect for quarantine

Thursday, January 7

This comforting soup is a cross between a meaty borscht and my current obsession: caramelized cabbage. Both the flanken and cabbage lend a hand in its richness. You might just find yourself not …