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We, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, decry the events that took place in our nation’s capital this week 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. more
High school and college students explored the truth of the oft-repeated phrase, “I’m not anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist,” at a Dec. 9 webinar organized by StandWithUs New England … more
When the COVID-19 crisis began, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island stepped in to coordinate relief and recovery efforts for the community.  Over 400 generous donors gave more than $250,000 to the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Campaign. more
For many families, it is the elephant in the room: the necessary but potentially awkward discussions between aging parents and adult children about issues like where the parents envision living as … more
PROVIDENCE – The new Temple Emanu-El Providence Jewish Film Festival will show its second film, “Shared Legacies,” about the bond that grew between Blacks and Jews during the civil … more
Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, most congregations in the greater Rhode Island area are still holding services on Zoom or a similar streaming platform – and they report mixed … more
After a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, Jewish Rhode Island asked several people what they missed most in 2020 and whether they’re optimistic about 2021. The answers had a common … more
Rabbi Laura Geller gave an entertaining talk about her book, “Getting Good at Getting Older,” during the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Dor L’Dor Society’s … more
(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 … more
On Jan. 5, the Rhode Island General Assembly was due to begin a session unlike any other in the state’s history. In the midst of a global pandemic, and deep divides on the economy, race and … more
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