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Temple Emanu-El - Kol HaShabbat

April 18, 2024 | 10 Nissan, 5784


Friday, April 19

6:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Leader: Alex Goldfarb, Rabbinic Intern


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

7:14 PM: Candle Lighting

Saturday, April 20

8:00 AM: Early Service - Parashat M'tzora

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Leaders: Murray Gereboff, Niecie Weiner

Torah Readers: Niecie Weiner, Murray Gereboff


Meeting ID: 634 360 0434 | Password: 818674 | Phone: 929.436.2866

9:30 AM: Sanctuary Service - Shabbat HaGadol

In person - Main Sanctuary

Service Leaders: Rabbi Fel and Cantor Mayer

P'sukei: Arnie Moses

10:15 AM - Torah Service

Torah Readers: Alex Goldfarb and Bruce LeBlanc

Haftarah: Allan Brenman

11:15 AM - Teaching by Rabbi Fel

11:30 AM - Musaf



Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

9:30 AM: Soulful Shabbat

In person - Bohnen Vestry

11:15 AM: Jr. Cong

In person - Goldberg Foyer

11:15 AM: Tot Shabbat

In person - Sisterhood Lounge

12:00 PM: Kiddush Lunch

In person - Alperin Meeting House Foyer

1:10 PM: Shabbat Minhah

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Torah Reader: Alex Goldfarb, Rabbinic Intern


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

8:17 PM - Havdalah

8:30 PM - Zoom Havdalah


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

Thank you to Loїza and Bill Miles for sponsoring Kiddush this week in honor of the naming of their granddaughter, daughter of Arielle Miles and Andrew Cohen, and also on the first yahrzeit for great-grandmother Helen Miles.

Thank you to Boris Skurkovich and Carol Dorros for their generous donation to the Kiddush fund in honor of Carol's birthday

Thank you to Samuel Havens and Audrey Kupchan for their generous donation to the Kiddush fund in memory of Beverly Kupchan

Thank you to Marilyn and Larry Katz for their generous donation to the Kiddush fund in honor of Larry’s special birthday

[logo] Thanks for Kiddush Lunch!

If you'd like to contribute to Shabbat Kiddush lunch, CLICK HERE or contact Paul Stouber pstouber@teprov.org or call

(401) 331-1616. THANK YOU!!!

Do you have a lifecycle event you want to announce to the congregation? Click here to let us know!

For instructions on touchless zooming on Shabbat Click HERE

Please let us know if you or someone you know is sick. To email the clergy Click here or call the Temple office: (401) 331-1616

Regular Business Office Hours:

Monday: CLOSED | Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REMINDER: Only the Main Sanctuary entrance will be open on Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings. You may still enter through our Taft Avenue door with your Temple access card. Call the Temple office for more information: 401-331-1616

A Note on Security

In response to the growing need for enhanced security, we have implemented a comprehensive security plan that includes restricted entry points, the installation of state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, and regular private security details on Shabbat and Yom Tov. For the coming weeks, we have engaged members of the Providence Police Department to provide security details and area patrols on Shabbat, for special events, and when our religious school is in session. 

These efforts reflect Temple Emanu-El's unwavering commitment to providing a secure and welcoming environment for all who worship within its walls, ensuring that faith and community can thrive without fear.


Dear Temple Emanu-El Family, 

Linked to this email are two important letters about Cantor Mayer's retirement. A printed copy will be sent to the community in the coming week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Pam Kaitin-Miller and Cantor Mayer

President Pam Kaitin-Miller

A letter from President, Pam Kaitin-Miller

Senior Cantor Brian Mayer

A letter from Senior Cantor, Brian Mayer


  • Happy Birthday to Carol Dorros, Katherine Richman, and Lucy Semonoff-Flam


Office Help: Esta Barcohana, Amy Berrol, Karen Drucker-Stern, Marilyn Franklin, Rosie Litchman, Jay MacCubbin, Marilyn Myrow, Ellen Shaw, Penney Stein, Stephanie Trachtenberg, Joyce Wacks, and Ruth Weinreich

Sisterhood Rhode Show: Debra Page, Abby Percelay Leavitt, Sue Rosenfield, Carlos Spinola


Please Note:

There will be NO Mah Jongg nor knitting group on April 23 and 30 due to Passover. There will be NO Boulevard walk on April 24 due to Passover.

Boomers & Beyond - RISD Museum Tour

Boomers & Beyond - RISD Museum Tour

Date: Sunday, April 28

Time: 10:30 AM

Cost: $25.00 per person ($10.00 for Members of the RISD Museum)

Come join a Boomers and Beyond private guided tour on Sunday, April 28th, starting at 10:30 AM at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in Providence. During the 90-minute tour, we'll see pieces related to Rhode Island history, Jewish-themed works, and other topics. The tour will be limited to the first 25 people who sign up.

Soulful Shabbaton - Finding Our Way into Connection

Soulful Shabbaton - Finding Our Way into Connection

Dates: Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4

Featuring Teacher in Residence, Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife.

Join us for our first in-person Shabbaton since before COVID! Let's come together Friday night and Saturday morning to have a fuller Shabbat experience.

More Information and RSVP HERE
The Boston Red Sox and Jewish Heritage night.

Temple Emanu-El goes to the Red Sox (again)!

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Time: Game starts at 7:10 PM

Where: Fenway Park bleacher sections

Cost: $20 per ticket

Tickets are limited so get yours today!

Please note that you are responsible for your own travel as we will not be arranging transportation.

All ticket holders will receive a Red Sox Jersey with "Boston" written in Hebrew.

Purchase Tickets Here


View the Full Schedule

Passover Resources

Click here for Passover resources including Rabbinical Assembly Pesah guide, Haggadah resources and more!

Rabbinical Assembly Passover Guide and Resources

Sell Your Hametz

Since ownership of hametz (bread and other leavened products) is not allowed during Pesah, ideally all hametz in one's possession would be given away or destroyed before the holiday begins. Since this often represents a financial hardship, the practice arose for people to store away their hametz before Pesah and arrange to sell it for the duration of the holiday. Click below to appoint Rabbi Fel to arrange a sale of your hametz.

(All forms must be received by the synagogue by 4/19/2024 at 8:00 AM.

Sell Your Hametz


Museum Musings - Passover 2024

Museum Musings: Passover 2024

Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs?

Pesach is coming! Pesach is coming! How do I know? It's not just because it's Adar and when Adar comes (by the way, “Be Happy,”) we know that Pesach cannot be far behind. It's also because Bubbie’s and assorted area supermarkets are filled to the rafters with all sorts of Passover staples and delights. As we approach the festival of Pesach, feelings of anticipation… and anxiety... abound. How will thirty family members fit around the seder table? Where will thirteen houseguests (children, grandparents, nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers-in-law) sleep? How many creative Pesachdik vegetarian, vegan and protein-filled recipes can I conjure up? And how can our seder be meaningful to the traditionalist and entertainment to our newest seder attendee, the toddler?

Read the Full Article


by Maxine Wolfson, Librarian

The JPS Bible Commentary: Psalms 120-150

The JPS Bible Commentary: Psalms 120-150

by Adele Berlin

Not just for scholars and researchers, the Jewish Publication Society’s highly acclaimed Bible Commentary series provides the Hebrew text of the Bible, the JPS English translation, and a line-by-line commentary. This volume presents commentary on Psalms 120–150, based on the most recent research on the language of the Bible, its literary forms, and the historical context that may have given rise to the psalms. The commentary pays special attention to the message of each psalm and to how the poetry shapes the message. At the same time, it draws on traditional Jewish interpretations of the meaning of the psalms.

Also available are previous volumes in this series: the five books of the Torah, Esther, Ruth, and Ecclesiastes. Enjoyable reading.


Baking For A Cause

Cookies, brownies or bars are needed that will be added as dessert to over 200 bagged lunches given out weekly by either McAuley House or Help the Homeless, RI.  

Please make a double batch of your favorite cookie/brownie or bar. Put a generous portion (2-3 cookies depending on the size) into a snack or sandwich sized bag and deliver them to either Paula Goldberg 47 Paine Ave. Cranston, RI or Barbara Dwares 46 Balsam Court Cranston RI. Call Paula 941-2042 or Barbara 474-8276 with any questions.

Temple Emanu-El

Blood Drive

Make an appointment to donate blood!

How? Go to www.ribc.org or call (401) 453-8383 to make an appointment at one of six Donor Centers throughout RI. At the time of your donation, please tell them that you are donating on behalf of Temple Emanu-El Group # 0013

Donate Today!


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The Jewish Alliance of Greater RI

Israel Emergency Fund

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island stands with Israel and has opened this emergency fund to provide immediate financial assistance and relief to victims of terror and war.

Donate Now!

As we are all aware, the price of food (and general living) has increased tremendously. To help families around this holiday, we are now taking applications for assistance with Passover food/gift cards to families who are struggling financially. Below you will find a letter and application for Moes Chitim. Please share this with community members who may need assistance paying for kosher food during Passover, as we will be providing Stop & Shop gift cards.


We also have the Kosher Food Pantry here at JCS that you are welcome to refer to if needed. To refer to the pantry, please contact Krissy Jaycox (Pantry Coordinator) at 401-369-5052 to complete the paperwork and schedule a time to come in. Additionally, we have been able to do some confidential shopping hours for orthodox families who have preferred to have privacy when utilizing the pantry as we know that can be a barrier to accessing services.




Samantha Clark, BA | Case Manager/Outreach Specialist (She/Her)

Jewish Collaborative Services

1165 North Main Street | Providence, RI 02904

Download the Application

Programming for arts and culture at the Jewish Alliance will resume after Pesach with the screening of a multiple-award-winning film, SHTTL, a beautiful recreation of a European shtetl; and a mindful and sculptural challah bake with our artist-in-residence, Zo Baker. In the meantime, for those who were planning on entering artwork into our upcoming community art exhibit or being a vendor at the upcoming Jewish Culture Fest, the deadlines are this Monday! An extension can be made but it must be requested ASAP.

SHTTL film screening

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm at Dwares JCC. $8 members, $10 non-members.

In this multiple award-winning film, a filmmaker returns from Kyiv to his rural village to marry the love of his life. He is expected to marry the Rabbi’s daughter, which disrupts the balance of the whole town. In one unflinching shot, this film presents a day in the life of a Jewish village before it disappears. Directed by Ady Walter, Ukraine, 2023. Yiddish with subtitles, 109 Minutes.


Challah Bake! Sculpture and Symbolism Through Baking

Thursday, May 16th, 6-8pm at Dwares JCC. $15 members, $20 non-members.

Join artist-in-residence Zo Baker for a challah bake unlike any other. In this workshop participants are invited to think about challah through the lenses of mindfulness and sustainability. We’ll connect each ingredient to Jewish values and symbolism and come away with new relationships to how we eat and create with intentionality and care. Participants are invited to use the dough like clay to form shapes and structures that tell stories and to consider the architecture of the divine and the everyday. Participants will leave with dough to bring home, build, and bake, and their own hand-made sculptural mini challahs. All ages welcome!


Call for Art: Dining in the Diaspora

Dining in the Diaspora is a group exhibition about food, tradition, and welcoming others to our table. This exhibition is an opportunity to share stories of food and art about the act of welcoming as part of the Jewish Culture Fest at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on June 2nd, 2024. The exhibit will also feature in the June 20th Providence Open Gallery Night. Curated by Artist in Residence, Zo Baker. Open to artists of all backgrounds, and all mediums (except actual edible food.) Submissions due Monday, April 15th. Please read full description in the link and reach out to Zo Baker at schmattefactory@gmail.com with any questions.



Open Call for Vendors

Calling all talented crafters, artisans, and creators of original handmade items, the Jewish Alliance is now accepting vendor applications for space in the arts marketplace at the Jewish Culture Fest which will take place on Sunday, June 2nd, 2024. It will feature live musical performances on an outdoor stage along with an open-air art market, food vendors, a beer garden, as well as other festivities. Art and craft items need to be either Jewish-related or made by Jewish artists. See the link for more details and to apply.


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