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The J V&H 22-31 SERVING RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS 13 Tammuz 5773 June 21, 2013 Alliance leaders honor the past and anticipate the future Richard Licht ends tenure as chair; Sharon Gaines takes the helm By Nancy Kirsch “convene the conversations munity for an extraordinary that will allow us to shape our future. Among those elements are: fostering a climate of future.” PROVIDENCE –  Embrace Gaines identified several key transparency, debate and muchange, yet hold fast to our elements that, if embraced, tual respect; engaging old and Jewish traditions of treating will position our Jewish comall with kavod (respect) and STANDING | 20 hesed (kindness). The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s second annual meeting’s speakers expressed the need to simultaneously adhere to ancient values and deftly navigate a new world of philanthropy and community-building. Although our values – to provide our constituents with excellent Jewish life and learning programs – endure, said Sharon Gaines, newly installed as the Alliance board chair, we can’t stay static. “We must remain nimble in this changing world,” said Gaines. “We must adapt our vision accordingly because we cannot stand still in a world of change.” Acknowledging that neither Photos | NaNcy Kirsch she nor Jeffrey Savit, CEO and president of the Alliance, hold Students from the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island the solutions to the commu- embrace Ilana Kapoch after she receives the Lea Eliash Memorial – nity’s most demanding chalGrinspoon/Steinhardt Award at the Alliance annual meeting. lenges, Gaines promised to NaNcy Kirsch Torat Yisrael President Susan Smoller accepts a tree – a gift from the local Muslim community – from Imam Walid Muhammad, as Andrew Sholes, center and Imam Farid Ansari observe. Torat Yisrael dedicates its new building By Nancy Kirsch EAST GREENWICH – One group of wandering Jews has fi nally found a home … in East Greenwich. Torat Yisrael, a Conservative synagogue led by Rabbi Amy Levin, was created by the merger of Temple Beth Israel, founded in 1921, and Temple Beth Torah, founded a bit more than 60 years ago. The synagogue’s fi rst building, constructed in Cranston in 1952 at 330 Park Ave., was sold to Praise Tabernacle Church in April 2012 for $1.2 million. On a sun-kissed Sunday afternoon, members of the Jewish community, religious leaders from many other denominations and civic leaders poured into the new light-fi lled synagogue for the dedication SYNAGOGUE | 6 SomE hIghLIghTS INSIDE Is the Orthodox community prepared to welcome women as spiritual leaders? TEmpLE mErgEr TaLKS 8 WomEN oF ThE WaLL 17 SUmmEr FUN | SUmmEr TraVEL 22-31 By Ben Harris RAbbI SHMUEL GOLDIN JeNNy miller raBBi shmuel GoldiN VOL. XVIII | ISSUE XIII NEW YORK (JTA) – More than three years ago, following a broad Orthodox backlash to his decision to ordain a woman with the title “rabba,” Rabbi Avi Weiss made a promise: He wouldn’t do it again. So when Yeshivat Maharat, the school founded in 2009 by the New York activist rabbi to “ordain Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish law) authorities,” held its fi rst graduation ceremony on ORTHODOX | 16 WWW.JVHRI.ORG

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