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.
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.
Defining our mission and organization
Securing building safety and structural integrity
Capital campaign to complete building renovation
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
NIKKI PARNESS SNYDER
CLARY HEALY, grants coordinator
SAM TROILO, strategic support