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JERUSALEM (JTA) – The morning after Israel’s second national election in five months, the results are still unclear. According to the latest vote count, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing his rival, Benny Gantz, by the slimmest of margins: The incumbent’s Likud and the challenger’s Blue and White remain within a seat of each other. More important, neither candidate appears able to form a governing coalition outright with allies on the right or the left. In the 120-seat Knesset, the right won 55 seats and its opposition, comprised of the left and center, won 56. But 61 seats are needed for a majority. more
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island kicked off its 2020 Annual Campaign on Sept. 15 with another successful Super Sunday. With the help of enthusiastic volunteers and all the donors who answered their calls, the Alliance has raised more than $64,000 to date. more
NEWPORT – On Aug. 18, a packed audience in Touro Synagogue heard two historic letters read aloud, marking the 72nd anniversary of the moving community ceremony. The audience listened with rapt … more
Rabbi Barry Dolinger of Congregation Beth Shalom in Providence has been chosen to participate in the 2019-2020 cohort of the LEAP Fellowship, created by Clal and the Herbert D. Katz Center for … more
I’m supposed to meet Deena Liffmann at the RISD Museum, but she’s nowhere to be seen. I step outside to look for her along Benefit Street, and I suddenly realize that I’m in the … more
As summer changes to fall, students prepare for school and beach days drift away, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is powering up for Super Sunday, a unifying day of philanthropy that demonstrates the power of community. Every year, the Jewish community comes together in support of the Alliance’s Annual Campaign and the more than 300 programs and services it funds annually. more
In July, the Touro Fraternal Association announced its intent to pay High Holy Days security costs for all Rhode Island synagogues, Chabad houses, and Hillel organizations. As of this writing, that offer has been accepted by 18 congregations across the state. more
For Michael Fel, Temple Emanu-El’s new senior rabbi, moving to Providence is a bit of a homecoming. Rabbi Fel grew up in Miami, but his wife, Shayna, is a graduate of the Alperin Schechter Day School (now the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island) and her brother, Ami Hersh, was Rabbi Fel’s best friend in rabbinical school. That’s how the couple met. more
(JTA) — The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B’nai B’rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s … more
BOSTON (JTA) – A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the … more
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