Coronavirus: In our community
Speaking out: Larry Kessler

Missing all things great and small in our locked-down lives

Tuesday, March 24

AS I WRITE THIS in mid-March, uncertainty abounds over the coronavirus pandemic, but one thing is certain: No matter how long the outbreak and its fallout last, it has already hurt the quality of our lives, and has made us care more deeply about activities that we otherwise take for granted. Even though most Americans realize it’s a serious situation, it’s hard to accept the severe restrictions imposed on our personal lives because of the virus, especially since past pandemics, including the H1N1 swine flu in 2009-10, never reached this level. For instance, in those other outbreaks, people weren’t thrown out of work, closed off from their schools and houses of worship, or told that they couldn’t patronize bars and restaurants. Not since 9/11 has American life changed so dramatically and so rapidly.

JCS building closed but team, volunteers still serve community

Wednesday, March 18

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.

Cooking in isolation

Hi there! It’s Lisa. You may know me from the programs I’ve organized at the Jewish Alliance, or maybe you’ve seen me sweat it out with Coach Rob in the JCC. Given our current state …

Coronavirus: Around the world
News Briefs

Israel’s defense establishment is manufacturing ventilators

3 days ago

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s defense establishment has stopped making missiles and started manufacturing ventilators.The assembly line building the Ventway Sparrow ventilator model was set …

Larry David wants ‘the idiots out there’ to stay home and watch TV

3 days ago

(JTA) — Comedian Larry David called on “the idiots out there” to stay home and watch TV in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.David’s 90-second rant is a new …

1 in 3 residents of Israeli city Bnei Brak tested for coronavirus are positive

3 days ago

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One in three residents, or 34 percent, of the mostly haredi Orthodox city of Bnei Brak in central Israel who have been tested for the coronavirus are positive.The high …

Growing up the child of Holocaust survivors prepared me for this pandemic

Monday, March 23

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (JTA) – I was born in Dzalalabad, Kyrgyzstan, to Polish Jews who had fled Warsaw following the Nazi onslaught in 1939. When they met up with the Russian forces and refused Russian citizenship, my parents, like thousands of others, were shipped off to Komi SSR, a Siberian work camp where they chopped down trees, froze and starved along with the local population. I know how blessed my life has been: I’m a writer, teacher, daughter, mother, wife, sister, mother-in-law and now a joyful bubbe.
Virtual living
Resources

My digital Shabbat: Creating meaningful separation

Sunday, March 8

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.

Share your resources

Thursday, March 19

What have you been doing online? Cooking, cleaning, prepping for Pesach? Let's share our best resources for getting through life at home together. Everyone has a favorite website, link, movie or maybe it's just a place with calming music. Comment on this story or send your information in an email to editor@jewishallianceri.org.