Fate brings Greta Garbo closer to me

Thursday, February 28

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” – Shakespeare.   I had been trying for years to cross paths with the “divine .”  Well, destiny recently brought me pretty close to that dream.   I had a cup of coffee with her great-niece at a Swedish café in Providence. 
d'Var Torah

The liberation we desire

This time of year I am reminded of my dear friend, Gladys Kapstein z”l, who used to serenade her friends at Hillel board meetings with “I love Pesach with a Passion” to the tune …

Fulfilling the Purim mitzvah

The purpose of the Torah

Tu b’Shevat is more than fruits and nuts

Editor's column

Springtime traditions are in full bloom

It’s April, the season of showers, flowers, spring, cleaning and Passover! Yes, Passover. It’s not too early to begin thinking about our springtime holiday commemorating our …

Signs of spring are beginning to grow

The colder it gets, the warmer our thoughts

Today, we turn the page

Out with the old, in with the new


Modern-day lessons from Purim

We’ll be celebrating Purim later this month, on March 21, making this a good time to discuss two of the holiday’s themes: the masks that people wear and the power of …

Rabbi James Rosenberg

The burden and the blessing

Thursday, April 4

Where do we come from?

Wednesday, March 6

Words that come from the heart

Thursday, January 31

The cost of denial

Thursday, January 10

‘The Earth is the Lord’s’

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Letters to the editor

Sen. Reed’s actions show his friendship for Israel

Thursday, April 4

On March 12, Howard Brown, director of the RI Coalition for Israel, wrote a letter to the editor of the Providence Journal asking the question “Is R.I.’s Senator Reed still a friend …

Where have all the leaders gone?

Thursday, February 28

At one time, the Rhode Island Jewish community was blessed with outstanding lay leaders. Names like Licht, Alperin, Hassenfeld, Sopkin, Ress, Reisman, and many others, stood up and supported the …

From the archives

Purim – how sweet it is!

April is here, which means Pesach is close upon us. In the midst of making out the long to-do lists and to-buy lists and getting everything ready for the sederim, my daughter Vivian …

In remembrance of Armistice Day

The story of a once vibrant community and its synagogue

‘The Orange Lady’