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Providence journalist’s new book examines the ‘Pill Mill Killer’

Friday, April 5

Philip Eil wasn’t quite 24 when he learned a startling fact: His father, Dr. Charles Eil, had been a medical school classmate of Paul Volkman, M.D., the convicted …

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.


Supplements to the haggadah are coming to address the war

Friday, April 5

As the American-Israeli poet Marty Herskovitz thought about the upcoming Passover holiday, the prospect of singing “Dayenu” at the first seder since his country was attacked didn’t …

Headlines from Israeli newspapers

Live updates: Iran attacks Israel, hundreds of UAVs, missiles intercepted

At 1:43 a.m. Israel time, sirens began to wail in the central Negev region, shortly followed by other regions across the country including the Jerusalem and Dead Sea areas, Golan Heights, Gush …

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

Finding joy and meaning in Pesach during this difficult time Finding joy and meaning in Pesach during this difficult time

Friday, April 5

Pesach is a joyous celebration of our physical redemption from the land of Egypt. We host or attend sederim, during which we eat foods that connect us to the events of the narrative, we share the …

Editor's column

L’dor vador: Our traditions keep us close

It’s not easy being far from family, especially during different, and sometimes difficult, life-cycle changes. More people than ever seem to be experiencing the trials and tribulations of …

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

What binds Jews together is stronger than our disagreements


Barbara Wong, M.D., 81

Monday, April 1

Jean Wilkes, 67

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Harriet Traugott, 91

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Charles Sokoloff, 81

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Leon Sloane, 95

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Enid Burrows, 80

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Harvey Levine, 92

Wednesday, March 13

Arlene Hoyle, 82

Wednesday, March 13

Reading and rereading the cover story in the March 17 issue of the New York Times Magazine has made me angry and made me sad. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize and creator …
    • How to be Jewish in the diaspora

      I set foot in Israel for the first time in June 1965. Having just turned 21 and looking forward to my senior year at Columbia come September, I …

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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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 …

A matzah ball soup rich in tradition

Friday, April 5

JTA – Though my Grandma Snazzy, my mother’s mother, seemed to barely eat a thing (to this day, I am convinced she subsisted on toast and coffee), she was a wonderful Jewish cook. One of …

Other news
In the shadow of war, a quieter, more subdued Israel

In February, I took a month-long trip to Israel. For two weeks, my friend Simonne and I walked all over Jerusalem and did some sightseeing. After she left, I spent two weeks meeting people. …

Hadassah RI celebrates the group’s 112th anniversary

PROVIDENCE – Hadassah members and friends gathered in Brown/RISD Hillel’s cozy student lounge on March 17 to celebrate Hadassah’s 112th anniversary. Participants also learned about …

RIJHA executive director to leave

Kate-Lynne Laroche , executive director of the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, has resigned effective April 5. Laroche said she is leaving to spend more time with her young family. …

Alliance planning 2nd Solidarity Mission to Israel

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is organizing a second community Solidarity Mission to Israel, for the fall. The 22 community members who participated in the first Israel Solidarity …