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


The Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association’s annual journal, the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes, has been published since 1954. More than 300 articles reflect all aspects of Rhode Island Jewish history. Some featured subjects have been immigration, demography, neighborhoods, businesses, interesting individuals, etc. The Association has published indices to the Notes, available on this website. To view back issues of the NOTES, click here.

Olneyville Hebrew Club, August 14, 1936The Jews of Rhode Island was published in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Notes and the 350th anniversary of the American Jewish Community. With introductions and additional comments from George Goodwin, Ellen Smith, and Jonathan Sarna, it contains a selection of some of the more informative articles that have been published in The Notes over the past 50 years, .

Newsletter Published QuarterlyThe Association’s Newsletter is published quarterly. It highlights current activities and recognizes special events of people in the community, and donations in their honor. In addition, it features some other short articles.

Click here to read the latest newsletter in PDF format.

Click here to read prior newsletters in PDF format.

To view NOTES that are now on-line, click here.