In our Community

Memories of Fall River’s Beth El in happier times

Friday, February 2

When I recently saw that Fall River’s once-flourishing Conservative Temple Beth El has decided to sell its building on High Street and seek a smaller space, I was hardly surprised, but even so …

Alliance group reports impacts of mission

Friday, February 2

The 22 community members who traveled to Israel Jan. 14-18 as part of the Israel Solidarity Mission, sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, had an opportunity to see firsthand the …

Theater Review: Touring 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at PPAC

Wednesday, February 7

PROVIDENCE – When it was announced in early 2016 that an adaptation of Harper Lee’s benchmark novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was heading for the Broadway stage, it did not take …

R.I. volleyball player helps MaccabiUSA bring home gold

Friday, February 2

Ellie Vest , starting outside hitter for the R.I. State Champion East Providence Girls Volleyball team, represented the Rhode Island Jewish community in December as a member of the winning USA Girls …

Headlines from Israeli newspapers

Likud MK: 'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

MK Amit Halevi points out 'the elephant in the room' regarding calls for haredim to enlist.

Up Front

Famed acting coach loved growing up Jewish in Cranston

Friday, February 2

What do Will Smith, Salma Hayek and Brad Pitt have in common? They’re all famous performers, of course. But they have also all trained with Howard Fine, a revered acting coach based in Los …
D'var Torah

Diversity enriches Judaism

Friday, February 2

There are 54 portions in the Torah. Only six of the portion titles include the names of people, three of whom were Israelites (Sarah, Korach and Pinchas) and three of whom were not (Noach, Yitro and …

Editor's column

The editor’s life, in all its messiness

Oy, the things on my desk! I’m not just the editor of a newspaper, I’m also a subscriber and get a copy mailed to my home. Then I get lots of extra copies at my office. But …

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

Something for everyone in our online community calendar

The joy of gathering together


Alexandra Broches, 81

Wednesday, February 14

Eleanor Marcus, 93

Tuesday, February 13

Marcia Spindell Lentz, 70

Tuesday, February 13

Richard Hochman, 81

Tuesday, February 13

Richard Goldman, 66

Tuesday, February 13

Geraldine Foster, 95

Tuesday, February 13

Jerrold Salmanson, 81

Tuesday, January 30

Wendy Moscovitz, 71 

Tuesday, January 30

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, I made my first entry into what I have come to call my “Covid diary.” Four days later , on Thursday, April 9, I found myself writing about “social …
    • A psalm that makes us squirm

      This column originally ran on Nov. 21, 2014, and is relevant today. Psalm 137 – at least its first six verses – is one of the best …

Letters to the Editor

Totally appropriate

Friday, February 2

A letter to the editor by Alex Cutler (“Our Community Must Stay United,” Jan. 2024) objects to Jewish RI even publishing an interview with Professor Ruth Ben-Artzi, calling it …

Right for our times

Friday, February 2

I thought your editorial was excellent and right on the button for 2024 [January 2024].    It reminded me of the anecdote about the Knesset or even a minyan.   If you get 10 Jews …

Where is the outrage?

Friday, February 2

Full humanitarian aid and medical for the residents of Gaza [January 2024]?  Why do you not demand it for the raped and beaten hostages?  Where is your outrage at the systematic Jew hatred …

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Watch the video: A soul-warming soup from Yemen

Tuesday, February 6

My grandmother was such a powerful woman. I wrote this article in her memory, and for the memories she gave me and my family. Both of my grandmas made aliyah to Israel from Yemen in the 1950s, one …

Other news
Sweethearts celebrate at the Kosher Cafe

Good company, live music, dancing and lunch. Guests of the Kosher Senior Cafe had it all Feb. 9 at the Sweetheart Dance sponsored by Jewish Collaborative Services and the Jewish Alliance of Greater …

Missing camp? Here's an event for you!

Come to the 3rd annual Camp Winter Party on Feb. 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Dwares Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence. Mingle with old friends, and meet with some new friends. Learn about PJ Library and Rhode Island Jewish summer camps. Enjoy winter-themed games, crafts, snacks, a bounce house and more!

'Light in the Midst of Darkness' scheduled for March 2–9 at Temple Emanu-El

 A three-part program, “Light in the Midst of Darkness,” highlighting resistance and resilience during the Holocaust, will be presented at Temple Emanu-El, in Providence, during the …

Watch the video: Reflections on Israel experience

Listen as several trip participants discuss the impact of the Solidarity Mission to Israel.