Continuing the Conversation

The question of whether or not our climate is changing isn't nearly as controversial as that of guns or politics. There is no dispute that weather patterns are shifting, ocean levels are rising and storms are intensifying. The disagreement is over how fast the change is occurring and how much can be done to alter the inevitable. And is the change real?

As with most important questions, resources exist to help you decide what you believe and what you can or should do. Here at Jewish Rhode Island, we want to hear your opinions and ideas. Clearly, the question is complicated. And opinions are varied.

Please comment on our two writer's opinions by logging into the website and using the comments link. Or, you can comment via Facebook. And you can always send an email to


I’m grateful for Thanksgiving in Israel

Thursday, October 31

Adapting to a new country and culture often means having to shed aspects of where you originally came from. It’s a personal choice. When it comes to holidays, I continue to embrace the …
In the community

The Holocaust Stamps Project finds a home in Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 31

The Holocaust Stamps Project is on the verge of acquiring a permanent home for its 11 million stamps and the 18 collages fashioned from them.  A national stamp-collecting organization …

The United States: Still the best place in the world to live

Thursday, October 31

Twenty years ago this month, my wife and I were getting ready to celebrate what we believed would be a particularly meaningful Thanksgiving, because it would be the first since our then-only daughter Arianna became a naturalized American citizen, at age 3.
Editor's column

Step away from the rat race

Do you find that you have trouble slowing down? After the introspection and renewal of the high holidays, do you launch back into your schedule with the vigor of a speeding train? I know I do. …

Looking back at Jewish Rhode Island in 5779

We’re starting ‘The Conversation’

Learning opportunities are all around us

No summer break for Jewish Rhode Island

Both sides of the story


Lester Sagan, 94

Tuesday, December 3

Donald Wexler, 91

Tuesday, December 3

Hadassah Stein, 91

Tuesday, December 3

Jean Siegel, 89

Tuesday, December 3

Joseph Reingardt, 57

Tuesday, December 3

Jeremy Poster, 37

Tuesday, December 3

The Starbucks just off Wayland Square in Providence is not only a place where I enjoy a good mug of coffee several times a week, but also an environment that inspires me to write, in longhand, …
‘The Wise Men of Chelm’ reimagined

During my elementary school days in the 1950s, I attended religious school three days a week at Temple B’nai Israel, a Conservative synagogue in Elizabeth, New Jersey. When our teacher …

Other news

Bestselling author Mitch Albom to speak at Beth-El on Nov. 21

Author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is coming to Temple Beth-El, in Providence, on Nov. 21 as part of his book tour for “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family.” The new book by Albom, the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, tells the story of Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would profoundly change his heart – and the hearts of readers everywhere. Jewish Rhode Island recently interviewed Albom about Chika’s influence on his life, the role of faith in his journey and his writing process.

Conversation with Ari Melber packs Alliance campaign event

Creative Hands Art Sale celebrates five years at Temple Emanu-El on Nov. 3

‘The Hollywood Rabbi’ dishes on what makes Judaism unique

Avraham Infeld shares his vision for the Jewish people at Teverowlecture Nov. 13

Annual Women’s conference will feature ‘Small Miracles’ author

Looking Back

In celebration of Nov. 11 in the past and present

Thursday, October 31

Armistice: A temporary cessation of war; a cease-fire.   For some of us of a certain age (and there are fewer and fewer of us), Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – will always be …


Swim with the sharks

Thursday, October 31

The TigerSharks Swim Team at the Dwares Jewish Community Center is in full swing as kids start moving from other sports to swim season. We hope to have 30 kids participating this year with many …

Jewish veterans, are you out there?

Thursday, October 31

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is the oldest organized veterans group in the United States. It was founded in 1896 by veterans who served in the North and the South during the Civil War. It was …

Like any cultural group worth its salt, Jews communicate love through cooking. And while many epically outstanding women who also happen to be loving Jewish grandmothers do not cook (see: Ruth …
The etrog is Judaism’s best kept wellness secret

(Alma via JTA) – For most Jews, the etrog, a thick-rinded citrus, is relegated to a fleeting, supporting role. Held beside the lulav (palm frond) once a year during the upcoming festival of …