Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
The oldest local ethnic historical society in Rhode Island.

RIJHA News & Events

Some of our members might be familiar with one of the more interesting artifacts in our collection that has been displayed in the office for quite some time – our mannequin, “Bessie”. This fall, we began a search to find a reputable company who might be able to preserve Bessie, so that she will withstand the test of time and be able to continue “living” in our office for many years to come. In November, we brought Bessie to Andover, MA, to Museum Textile Services where we will obtain a Preservation Needs Assessment, and determine what needs to be done to her so that she can remain in our collection without continuous deterioration. Bessie is a 34in tall mannequin that dates from the late 19th century. She belonged to the Abramowitz family, who operated Abramowitz Ladies’ Tailors and Habit Makers Co. here in Providence from 1901-1904. If you would like to further inquire, please contact the office.

The Annual Spring Meeting has been set for Sunday April 19, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm at the JCC Social Hall. Mark your calendar! We will send out a flyer as a reminder.

On Sunday March 29, 2020 we will be joining our co-collaborators from Documenting Maine Jewry, the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America, Jewish Communities of Vermont, Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts, and the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, in hosting the first ever New England Jewish History Conference in Boston, MA. Invitees will have the opportunity to discuss the question”What is the New England Jewish Experience?”, and engage in break-out sessions with genealogists, historians, archivists, and educators from all six New England states. If you have any interest in attending the conference please contact Kate-Lynne Laroche at [email protected]

On January 19, 2020 we hosted a showing of the film Children of the Inquisition at the JCC Social Hall from 2 – 5pm; it was a major success! If you would like more information about the film, please contact Joe Lovett at [email protected]

Membership renewals for 2020 have been sent out. Please be sure to send in your membership for this year!

The 2019 RIJH Notes will be sent out in February. Be on the lookout for it!