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One of the most divisive and toxic issues on American campuses is the conflict over Israel and Palestine. Some pro-Palestine students call supporters of Israel’s right to exist racist, and … more
Susan Bazar has been named executive director of Shalom and Shalom II Apartments, in Warwick. Bazar is taking over from Bonnie Sekeres, who was the executive director for 41 … more
(My Jewish Learning via JTA) – There is a marked difference between the intended feeling of being uncomfortable with not eating or drinking for 25 hours and actually becoming ill as a result of … more
Like many clergy in the time of COVID-19, Rabbi Alex Weissman, the new spiritual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim, is facing the challenges of leading a synagogue in the midst of a pandemic, but … more
Summer is winding down and we are gearing up for the High Holy Days. Our thoughts turn to the bright promise of the Jewish New Year! This will be a season like no other but that doesn’t mean we can’t answer the call of the shofar. Jewish Rhode Island does not list information regarding specific services and schedules. more
Jewish Rhode Island asked several R.I. synagogue leaders about their plans for the High Holy Days during the pandemic. It turns out that the plans are as varied as the congregations. A few will meet outside. Most are offering virtual services. Several congregations, including Temple Emanu-El, in Providence, are taking their shofars around the state to give Jews an opportunity to hear its blasts.   more
My cousin Gerry Allen, who lives in Israel, is a voracious reader. Recently, she called to tell me that she had just finished reading a book about the 1938 hurricane that decimated the Rhode Island … more
Growing up in Providence and Barrington with two white moms, I never thought there was anything different; Skin color never mattered in my family. But when I walked out in this world of ours, skin … more
We are facing a critical presidential election in just two months, on Nov. 3. You might be asking yourself many questions as the election approaches: How do I fulfill my right to vote … more
(JTA) – Breslov Hasidim were barred from entering Ukraine for the annual Jewish New Year’s pilgrimage to Uman.Passengers on at least two flights from London and Paris were prevented from … more
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