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Dear Neighbors & Friends, Newcomers & Long-Timers,

We are just days away from the start of the Jewish New Year. Already, we have gathered together for a wonderful Shabbat service, a delicious pot-luck dinner, a meeting of the Teens & Tweens, the resumption of Hebrew School and, depending on when you read this, an all-congregation Seudat Shli'shi activity and Selichot service.

We begin this new year with the return of our "new" Rabbi, Joel Shaiman, who led us through
a great first year with a few new approaches to our Friday night services, to our family and congregational dinners, our holiday & festival observances, adult learning and special events -- including our special Holocaust remembrance service this spring, and our participation in a special gathering of the Memorial Scrolls at Temple Emanuel.

Rabbi Joel has brought warmth, knowledge, creativity and humor, and blended them with the RIJC traditions -- when we wrote that last year we surely knew he would bring these gifts and more. Rabbi Joel has even brought us several new families, members and friends from RI, Long Island City and Manhattan.

Enclosed you will find our High Holiday calendar & schedule through October 18th. A more detailed calendar & schedule for the 5780 / 2019-20 will be available soon and posted at  We will continue our Friday night dinners & services, and other special activities this year and add some new ones.

We look forward to your new or continued presence at the High Holidays and beyond.
We hope you will bring your neighbors, friends and your families to share the upcoming
Days of Awe with Rabbi Joel.  

The RIJC is counting on your engagement & support. We depend on your generous donations and membership dues to cover the costs of using the Sanctuary in the Cultural Center, the Rabbi's services, and much more.  We appreciate your presence & assistance when you help
us get a minyan, host a Shabbat dinner or Oneg, or assist with preparations set-up & breakdown for RIJC services & other events.  Thank you for all you have done, and will do this coming year.

Wishing all of you a healthy, happy Shana Tovah.
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