In the arts

Rachel Linsky will show you the moves to join in a klezmer dance party at Jewish Culture Fest

Friday, May 10

Rachel Linsky is a Boston-based dancer, choreographer and educator. Her work draws from contemporary dance, her Jewish upbringing and history, and Yiddish folk dance traditions. …

Temple Emanu-El to hold a second Pride Shabbat celebration

Friday, May 10

PROVIDENCE – Temple Emanu-El will host a Pride Shabbat, May 31 through June 2, featuring an array of events, from live music to a comedian. Friday night will begin with a special Shabbat …

In our Community

Aerial banner flies over Brown graduation

2 days ago

Did you see the airplane trailing a banner high over the East Side of Providence Sunday? Wonder what it meant? The Rhode Island Coalition for Israel along with a group of Brown alumni arranged …

Review: Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away

Thursday, March 21

BOSTON, MASS. – Dramatic narratives built from historical and archival materials have been called “testimony’s ambitious sister” by the late South African Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu. They provide a voice for ordinary, silenced people who have lived through or died during extraordinary circumstances, and have the power to break stereotypes, enhance understanding and foster empathy.

“Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” provides that narrative for the approximately one million Jews and tens of thousands of Polish political prisoners, Sinti, Roma and Soviet POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those the Nazis deemed homosexual, disabled, criminal, inferior or adversarial in countless other ways who met their demise at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland. The traveling exhibition is having its New England premiere at The Castle at Park Plaza after opening in Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre in 2017.

Headlines from Israeli newspapers

UN Security Council to hold emergency session after mass civilian causalities in Rafah

Rockets fired at northern Israel; Police clash with anti-war protesters in Haifa, Tel Aviv ■ IDF's top attorney: Rafah incident 'very grave'; some 70 investigations launched by IDF police, …

Meet Bob Abelman, Jewish Rhode Island’s new theater critic

Friday, March 1

Bob Abelman, an award-winning former theater critic for the Austin Chronicle and Cleveland Jewish News, is now writing reviews of the Providence Performing Arts Center’s Broadway and Encore …
D'var Torah

Animals are God’s creation too

Friday, May 10

The Torah portion is Kedoshim, and the topic is “Holy Things,” laws and regulations that can guide us toward a life that is sanctified and set apart from the ordinary and the mundane. The …

Editor's column

Pollen and pets and patrons

I have to admit that I dread May. While everyone else is outside, enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful flowering trees, I hide inside with swollen eyes, a scratchy throat and bulging sinuses. …

L’dor vador: Our traditions keep us close

Spring is in the air!

The editor’s life, in all its messiness

You may not agree with everything we print – and that’s fine

Spread light during this dark December


Annette Friedman, 92

Wednesday, May 22

Marvin Kassed, 86

Wednesday, May 22

Stephen Rappoport, 72

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Jane Bernson, 87

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Howard Goldsmith, 82

Tuesday, April 16

Arthur Plitt, 83

Tuesday, April 16

Judith Pritikin, 64

Tuesday, April 16

Yevgeniy Shabashevich, 88

Tuesday, April 16

From where I was seated on the bimah in the sanctuary of a Rhode Island synagogue a few months ago, there appeared to be at least 200 individuals sitting in the pews.   We had gathered together …
Letters to the Editor

Disputing the professor

Friday, April 5

Professor Nina Tannenwald consistently finds ways to criticize Israel. As soon as I see her name in the byline [March 2024], I know it will be a hit piece. Israel is in a dangerous neighborhood. The …

Disapproval not our role

Friday, April 5

I am dismayed by Rabbi Rosenberg’s disapproving tone [March 2024] when he speaks of Israel’s retaliation in the Israel-Hamas war.  How can American Jews feel justified in …

A different reality

Friday, April 5

To read Nina Tannenwald’s piece “ ‘Israelism’ explores the disillusionment of American Jews,” [March 2024] is to suffer the horror of art being used to debase the soul. …

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Celebrate spring with brunch favorites

Friday, May 10

Family Features — Few things go together quite like fresh spring air, warm sunshine and a menu made up of delicious brunch bites. Whether you’re hosting a crowd or simply gathering your …

Matzah brei gets a trendy makeover with cacio e pepe

Friday, April 5

JTA – Cacio e pepe translates to cheese and pepper, and the classic Roman pasta dish includes little more than these eponymous ingredients. In the classic recipe, spaghetti and salted pasta …

Other news
Celebrating Israel in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – More than 200 Rhode Islanders  joined in a celebration of Israel's 76th birthday at the Dwares Jewish Community Center on May 14. The Haflah (Mizrahi-style party) …

Community commemorates Yom HaZikaron

PROVIDENCE – More than 125 people gathered May 13 in the social hall at the Dwares Jewish Community Center to pay tribute to Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This year's program …

Providence College extends transfer deadline for Jewish students

PROVIDENCE – The Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee (JCTE) at Providence College (PC) in Providence is pleased to note the PC Administration will consider transfer applications …

‘Screams Before Silence’ June 18 at 6 p.m.

The Jewish Young Professionals (JYPs) of RI invites the community to a free movie screening of the new documentary “Screams Before Silence” on June 18 from 6-7:45 p.m. in the community …