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  • Mazel Tov

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Mazel Tov – Brayden Adler-Maranhao celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Sept. 2, 2018 at Temple Beth David in Narragansett. Brayden is the son of Jason Maranhao and Dori Adler and brother to Livia. …

  • 50th ANNIVERSARY

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    50th ANNIVERSARY – Micki and Bob Silverman, of Warwick, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in a pavilion suite at a Red Sox game with children and grandchildren. They are pictured here …

  • CRUISING

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    CRUISING – Members of the Touro Fraternal Association on the Norwegian Escape during a cruise to Maine and Canada the last week of June.

  • Ask the director

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    QUESTION: How long does formaldehyde really preserve the body?  R.P., Macon, Georgia   Dear R.P., Formaldehyde is actually a gas. In embalming, a formalin solution is used …

  • The long roots of my autumn traditions

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    It was that time of year again, that interval between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The first harvest of Italian prune plums had appeared in the market – it was time to find the plum tart recipe …

  • Robert Dickstein, 89

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Robert Alan Dickstein  died Sept. 16.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late Solomon and Lenore (Felcher) Dickstein. After moving frequently as a …

  • Rosalie Edelstein, 79

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    KOKOMO, IND. – Rosalie T. Edelstein  died on Sept. 30 in Kokomo, Indiana. She was born on May 7, 1939, in Providence to the late Morris and Esther Kuperman …

  • Linda Elman, 68

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    CRANSTON, R.I. – Linda Elman died Sept. 22 at Kent Hospital. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Arthur and Helene (Abrams) Elman, she was a longtime resident of Cranston, returning to …

  • Susan Gara, 78

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Susan Gara  died  Sept. 25 at St. Elizabeth Green Houses. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, a daughter of the late Hans and Annemarie (Prister) Schein, she had lived in …

  • Mildred Handel, 95

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mildred Handel died on Oct. 6. She was the wife of the late Beatrice Kelich; they were together for 50 years. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late …

  • Jane Lefohn, 93

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    CRANSTON, R.I. – Jane Lefohn  died   Sept. 30 at Cedar Crest Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Max Lefohn. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of the late William …

  • Ruth Samdperil, 86

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ruth (Matzner) Samdperil died Oct. 8 at her home in Providence. Ruth was the wife of the late Charles Samdperil. They were married for 54 years.  Born and raised in …

  • Mark Schupack

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Professor Mark B. Schupack died Sept. 27. He was born in New Britain, Connecticut in 1931 the son of the late Edward Schupack and Betty (Saltzman) Chesley. He was the husband …

  • Lillian Weinberg, 92

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    CRANSTON, R.I. – Lillian Weinberg  died  Oct. 4 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Weinberg. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Isadore and Ida (Beck) …

  • Aaron Wold, 91

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Aaron Wold died in his home on Oct. 3. He was born and educated in Brooklyn, New York, earning a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1952. In 1963 he …

  • Ellin Zeisler, 91

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ellin Reichart Zeisler died on Sept. 27, in Providence.  She was pre-deceased, by many years, by her husband, John Thorsch Bloomfield Zeisler. She leaves her daughter …

  • 2 communities come together to watch film about the Armenian Genocide

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    PROVIDENCE – In recognition of Armenian Independence Day (Sept. 21), the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center partnered with The Genocide Education Project to present the film …

  • Erin Minior named CEO of JCS

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    PROVIDENCE – On Sept. 27, the board of directors of Jewish Collaborative Services (JCS) unanimously named Erin Minior as the president and chief executive officer of JCS. JCS, the …

  • Turning the tables on an Israel adventure

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    In 1980, my parents sent me to Israel with Camp Ramah for six weeks. As a 17-year-old, I never gave any thought as to the feelings my parents experienced sending their eldest child away for that …

  • Tamarisk resident donates his hand-carved work of art to Temple Sinai

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Sam Nelson is a man of many talents, and at age 99, his creative spirit remains strong. Once owner of the Nelson Rack Company, in Providence, a manufacturer for the jewelry plating industry, Nelson …

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A coming-of-age ceremony

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    I recently asked my newly married nephew, Moshe Raskin, about what his Bar Mitzvah meant to him. Moshe said, “The Bar Mitzvah is the first step of independence in being an …

  • Grandparent gift guide for young adults

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Giving gifts is as much about the giver as it is the recipient. But when it comes to gifting for a 13 year old, it’s sometimes hard to find a way to forge what can seem like a big divide. …

  • A memorable Bar Mitzvah day

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    BY LARRY KESSLER The Bar Mitzvah has evolved in 53 years, but the more it’s changed – and it has, big time – the more it’s stayed the same. Back in those ancient …

  • One family’s Bar Mitzvah adventure

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    My wife, Sharon, and I had our B’nai Mitzvah a couple of years apart in the mid-1980s at Temple Am David in Warwick. We think back to our special days with warm memories. Like most …

  • Babka stars in tasty toast

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    (The Nosher via JTA) – This recipe sounds complicated but is actually very simple. Using store-bought babka will make this Babka French Toast Loaf as easy as 1-2-3, but if you happen to …

  • These Russian meatballs are the ultimate comfort food

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    (The Nosher via JTA) – For the first five years of my life, we lived in the apartment next door to my grandparents. I may have only been a toddler, but I still have vivid memories of being …

  • A new take on Shabbat cholent

    Friday, October 12, 2018

      (The Nosher via JTA) – Here’s a comforting yet elevated Shabbat dish from chef Yehuda Sichel of Abe Fisher. Cholent Pot Pie Ingredients 1 cup pearled barley 1 cup …

  • Dutch diplomat punished for saving Jews

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch Foreign Ministry reprimanded a diplomat who overstepped his authority to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and deprived him of royal honors, new research …

  • Remembering Kristallnacht

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    BY HILARY SALK This is the third article in a series leading up to the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. As Nov. 9 approaches and I continue to have an opportunity to write about the 80th …

  • Israel cabinet approves plan to reunite 1,000 Ethiopians

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Cabinet approved a plan to bring some 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura who have children living in Israel to the country. The plan approved on Oct. 7 was …

  • Israel and the Jews meet China

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Most of my columns have focused on my Israel-related experiences. Last year, however, I wrote about how Israel served as a springboard to participate in an incredible trip to China, where I led a …

  • No more undergrad admissions for AJU in LA

    Friday, October 12, 2018

      JTA – The American Jewish University in Los Angeles is stopping its undergraduate admissions and phasing out its undergraduate curriculum. The university, which has about 70 …

  • ‘The chosen people’ or ‘a chosen people’?

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    JuSt hours before the setting of the sun ushered in the Jewish New Year of 5779, the online English edition of  Haaretz, a leading Israeli newspaper, published a major article with a …

  • Name-calling should never be normal

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    We’re now on the other side of the High Holy Days, and we are starting to settle back into our normal routines again. However you celebrate, you’ve had at least a day or two, or many …

  • Annual conference offers opportunities for learning to women in southern New England

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    On Sunday, Nov. 4, Jewish women from around southern New England will gather for a day of study, dialogue and reflection at the annual “Tichyeh Schochet Memorial Conference for …

  • It’s divine to be human and human to be divine

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    “I’m really sorry; I regret having done that. I promise I won’t do it again. I know, however, that I’m apt to forget that promise. I might need a reminder, so I’ll …

  • Welcoming your adopted grandchildren

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    One of the most poignant concerns expressed by pre-adoptive parents is the fear that their own parents will not accept the child they adopt.   Sometimes grandparents make no …

  • Irish-Jewish politician’s memoir of his early life is a ‘Funny Business’

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    In 1979, 28-year-old Alan Shatter was elected to the Dublin City Council as a Fine Gael (“Tribe of the Irish”) candidate. Shatter was the only member of Ireland’s Jewish …

  • 4 R.I. congregations to host a Refugee Shabbat

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Four Rhode Island congregations will observe a Refugee Shabbat on Oct. 19-20.    Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim and Temple Sinai are part of the HIAS Welcome …

  • Arts Emanu-El kicks off season with 'Body and Soul: An American Bridge' 

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships …

  • Food for local pantries

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Members of the Aquidneck Island Jewish community (Newport Havurah, Temple Shalom and Touro Synagogue) recently prepared shopping bags for its annual community High Holy Day food …

  • Breaking the fast (401)j style

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    On Sept. 19, members of (401)j gathered at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence to break the fast. Pictured are: Back row (left to right): Jeremy Poster (board …

  • Rabbi Wayne Franklin honored for lifetime achievement

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    As part of an evening celebrating people who have acted as bridges to link diverse communities, Rabbi Wayne M. Franklin of Temple Emanu-El in Providence received a lifetime achievement award on Oct. 4 from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Franklin was singled out by the council for his “more than three decades of service as a faith leader, educator and advocate for civic dialogues.” Council board chair Touba Ghadessi said in giving him the award: “We will find common ground” through such work.

  • Mohammed Al Samawi to tell his incredible story at Alliance Annual Campaign event

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    What do four strangers, three faiths and social media have in common? Mohammed Al Samawi. Who is he and what is his story? You can find out on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. as the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island hosts Al Samawi at the Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence. Come hear Al Samawi talk about his incredible journey from hatred to tolerance at the 2019 Annual Campaign event, co-chaired by Marisa Garber and Dan Gamm. Al Samawi’s book, “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” will soon be made into a major motion picture by “La-La Land” producer Marc Platt.