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In 1996, the famed Broadway trio of Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens joined forces to create the book, music and lyrics (respectively) for the musical “Ragtime.” Based … more
Here are some photos from Arlington National Cemetery and the Lustig and Rabe families. more
J Street held its 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C., from April 14-17th. Judy Kaye and I, co-chairs of J Street Rhode Island, joined over 3,000 conference attendees, including 1,200 … more
The number of veterans who belong to organizations has declined sharply across the nation and Rhode Island, and it’s the same story for Jewish war veteran groups.   While Ira … more
Arthur Poulten, a true giant in Touro Fraternal Association history, left a lasting legacy as the former chairman of the board of directors for 12 years.  Poulten, who passed away on April 1 … more
Many years ago, when my son Mason was in elementary school, he was hit in the face by a ball while in the schoolyard. When he came home, he looked awful, but there were no signs of … more
 On May 16, the Moses Brown School and Temple Torat Yisrael will host a free screening of the 2016 documentary “The Last Laugh,” directed by Ferne Pearlstein. The film, which premiered nationally on PBS’s “Independent Lens” in April 2017, poses a provocative question: “Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?” I recently spoke with Pearlstein about the film and what it contributes to Holocaust education. more
On April 8, congregants and neighbors came together and shared in acts of tikkun olam, healing the world. More than 100 volunteers worked to maintain trails at a land preservation park, prepared … more
Diversity is key to the May/June show in the Bunny Fain Gallery at Temple Habonim. Three very different creative approaches are featured. The show opens with a wine and cheese reception on … more
Barry Dolinger, rabbi and spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Sholom, hails from North Bellmore, New York. Dolinger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a … more
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