L'shanah tovah

Synagogues gear up for High Holy Days

Thursday, September 3

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.

Rabbi Alex Weissman sees opportunities for spiritual growth during the pandemic

Thursday, September 3

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 …
In the schools

Back to school at PHDS

Friday, September 4

School resumed at Providence Hebrew Day School on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  Students and teachers were so happy to be back in school despite the many COVID-related regulations. All students and …
Editor's column

Rosh Hashanah in the time of pandemic

Every year, I take some time for reflection right about now. We are, after all, in the month of Elul, which leads us to the High Holy Days.  Reflection and introspection are part of what many of …

Embrace the new normal – for now

Keeping up with the news

Hope amid the horrors

Just another day in quarantine

We are down, but not out


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Stanley Smith, 86

Tuesday, September 15

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.  Blood was its Avatar and its seal – the redness and the horror of …
A miracle of intimacy

My wife and I had known for well over a year that our granddaughter Clara was going to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, in Newton, Massachusetts, this past April 18, just two …

Other news

Kosher Food Pantry annual collection goes virtual this year

The folks at the Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry are asking the community to start the new year with a mitzvah: help provide food to the hungry. This is the second annual High Holiday Kosher Food Drive organized by Jewish Collaborative Services and the Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry.

Three local foundations seek applications for grants

Despite pandemic, R.I. Coalition for Israel continues to battle anti-Semitism

Masks for a good cause

Touro Fraternal Association awards grants to 3 college students

R.I. teens elected to BBYO regional, local chapters

Remember the Past

Memories of the 1938 hurricane

Thursday, September 3

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 …

Providence JCCs from years gone by

Friday, August 7

Before the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center opened its doors on Elmgrove Avenue in Providence, there was a JCC on Sessions Street – which replaced the JCC at 65 Benefit …


Boston’s 118-year-old Jewish Advocate ceases publication

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(JTA) — The Jewish Advocate, a 118-year-old newspaper in Boston founded by Theodor Herzl, is the latest victim of the coronavirus crisis.The weekly announced Wednesday that it will suspend …


In a difficult time, welcome the new year with this easy chicken recipe

Thursday, September 3

(JTA) – Rosh Hashanah won’t be usual this year. Like many of you, my family won’t be getting together, so we’ll be setting the table for two, not 11. It’s disappointing …