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As a Jew growing up in Poland, I participated in the Polish democratic opposition of the 1970s, then the pro-democracy Solidarity movement and finally the anti-Communist underground of the 1980s. I … more
On Jan. 31, as usual, I felt propelled by numerous historical inquiries.  Following hours of reading, writing and emailing, I enjoyed a lengthy phone conversation with a quite elderly friend who … more
Naomi Baine still remembers her brush with human trafficking. She was about 9 years old, traveling alone to Israel for the first time, with a layover at London’s Heathrow Airport. She found a special room designed for kids, where a single attendant was watching. Suddenly, a strange man entered the room. He claimed to be picking up his niece and gestured toward Baine. The man didn’t bear any obvious resemblance to her, but he spoke confidently, and the attendant seemed to believe him. more
(JTA) – Israel announced plans to set up a field hospital in western Ukraine as the Russian war against the country shows no sign of abating. Israeli leaders on Monday approved NIS 21 … more
The spring Temple Emanu-El Rosen Library book discussion will take place Sunday, April 3, from 3-4:30 p.m. Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, will speak about his latest book, “The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China.” A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. more
Just a few weeks ago, the Jewish community of Rhode Island mobilized a campaign, led by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, to support relief efforts in Ukraine. As we publish, more than $210,000 has been raised, according to Sara Masri, chief development officer for the Alliance. These funds will be sent to Alliance overseas partners such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), working in Eastern Europe to help refugees from Ukraine. more
Israeli glass artist Ariel Aravot will present a virtual program, “Glass Art in Israel,” on April 5 as part of the Israeli Culture Series. more
On Feb. 21, a group of 15-20 people carrying a Nazi flag shouted and pounded the windows outside the Red Ink Community Library on Camp Street near Cypress in Providence. Inside, a group was listening … more
PROVIDENCE – Israeli startups focused on early detection of autism, at-home urine testing and sailing analytics were in the spotlight on Feb. 16 as the RI-HUB and the Rhode Island Israel … more
On Wednesday, Feb. 16 the first graders at the Providence Hebrew Day School each received their own siddur. This special event was a milestone as the students’ Hebrew reading is now … more
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