ABOUT THE MUSEUM

​MISSION AND PURPOSE

The Rhode Island Jewish Museum will restore a venerable monument of Jewish life, transforming it into a center that will reflect the accomplishments made by Rhode Island’s Jews, showcase the creations of local Jewish artists, and provide outreach and opportunities for the Smith Hill neighborhood.
 

Why do we need the Rhode Island Jewish Museum?

  • To collect the stories, preserve the history, and share with the whole world the immigrant experience in Rhode Island.

  • Rhode Island is home to some of the oldest remaining historic synagogues in the country, and has a rich history of Jewish immigration and culture, all of which will now have a public showcase. 

  • The museum will be an important resource for education, research, and service in our community and for all of Rhode Island.

  • The museum will also be a centrally-located tourist destination for visitors, families, and school field trips, a destination to step back in time and feel the generation to generation significance of our community's past and our future.

STAFF

HISTORIC SONS OF JACOB BUILDING

The Rhode Island Jewish Museum is located within a historic building, steps away from the state capital and nestled within Providence's Smith-Hill neighborhood. The building, home to Congregation Sons of Jacob, is on the register of National Historic Places the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) 2016 Most Endangered Properties List. The congregation, an orthodox Jewish community, has been conducting worship in Providence since the late 1800s. While part of the mission of the RIJM is to preserve the Sons of Jacob building, all Museum areas, events, and gallery space are distinct from places of worship, and of course all persons from all walks of life are always welcome.

VISIT THE MUSEUM

Everyone is welcome to come and visit the Rhode Island Jewish Museum!

Thanks to volunteer support, the museum is open to the public on the last Sunday of every month, 1-3pm.

Museum special events and new exhibits will be advertised online and in print media.

TIMELINE

PHASE I

Defining our mission and organization

PHASE II

Securing building safety and structural integrity

PHASE III

Capital campaign to complete building renovation

PHASE IV

Ongoing exhibits, staff, and museum programming.
WHO ARE WE?

RHODE ISLAND JEWISH MUSEUM OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE BOARD

SHELLEY PARNESS, president

JAMES WATERS, vice president

RUTH BREINDEL, secretary

LARRY PARNESS, treasurer

JOSHUA JASPER

JESSI JASPER

LARRY KATZ

HAROLD SILVERMAN

NIKKI PARNESS SNYDER

SENIOR STAFF

CLARY HEALY, grants coordinator

SAM TROILO, strategic support

© 2017 by the Rhode Island Jewish Museum. The RIJM is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
 

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24 Douglas Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

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rijewishmuseum@gmail.com

OPENING HOURS

The RIJM is open to the public for special events, by appointment, and from 1-3pm on the last Sunday of the month.

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