Ruth and Rosh Hodesh


The Book of Ruth took center stage April 11, at the semi-annual Rosh Hodesh program sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. Rosh Hodesh is a day for women to be together to enjoy meaningful introspection, dialogue and study. 


About 30 women gathered in the board room of the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center for lunch and a presentation by Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanu-El in Providence. During his presentation, Franklin pointed out that the Book of Ruth is generally a text for Shavuot, the holiday that follows Pesach. But throughout his commentary, he drew parallels to the story of Ruth and Passover themes of redemption.

A lively discussion followed.

The Rosh Hodesh program is chaired by Maybeth Lichaa and a committee of volunteers. Lichaa spoke about the essential work of the Alliance and the impact made by every donation, regardless of the amount. The next Rosh Hodesh event will be scheduled for the fall.  For more information, contact Claire Uziel at or 401-421-4111, ext. 109.