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The Rhode Island Jewish Museum is a new community-based non-profit dedicated to curating the immigrant experience, preserving the history of Smith Hill, and helping to build the future.


The RIJM is located within the historic Sons of Jacob building and is open to the public.


Updated schedule:

July 28, 2019 (1-3 pm)

August 25, 2019 (1-3 pm)

September 22, 2019 (1-3 pm)

October 27, 2019 (1-3 pm)


24 Douglas Ave, Providence, RI

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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.


Recent News & Press Archive

Read recent articles and press releases covering our efforts to preserve and revitalize the Rhode Island Jewish Museum.

Sons of Providence Exhibit


Watch this video, by filmmaker David Wells, who explores the immigrant experience in the Smith Hill neighborhood.

Historic Map of Smith Hill


We are a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of our community and helping to build it for future generations. Find out how you can get involved today!

A Talk by Shai Afsai: Benjamin Franklin's Influence on Judaism

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2:00 pm

In addition to his enduring contributions to science and government, Benjamin Franklin also managed to influence Jewish thought and practice, a feat he accomplished posthumously through his famous autobiography and its Art of Virtue, which found their way into Eastern European rabbinic circles in the early nineteenth century.


Join Shai Afsai at the Rhode Island Jewish Museum/Sons of Jacob Synagogue for an exploration of this intriguing subject.

Our first exhibit featured the research of Dr. Arthur Urbano and Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi from Providence College.

Google Groups Email List

For more information about the Rhode Island Jewish Museum and its events, please sign up for our email distribution list!

Zodiac Mural and Papercut Art

Learn more about the beautiful and historic Zodiac mural and paper-cut artwork by Samuel Shore.

Gallery space clean-up

With the help of volunteers, we are cleaning up the back room on the first floor of the building for future gallery exhibits and events.

Hanukah Sale 2017

We will have unique Hanukah related items for sale in a pop-up store to enhance your holiday celebration with family and friends!  

Courtesy of Arthur Robbins, this historic map shows, in intricate detail, the composition of Smith Hill in the early 1900s.

Community Partners

We are thrilled to have the support of many other groups in our community. Click here to learn more about our community partners.

Smith Hill Block Party 2017

The Rhode Island Jewish Museum joined residents of the Smith Hill neighborhood for our annual celebration.

Historic Articles from the Providence Journal

Read two turn-of-the-century articles in the Providence Journal describing our historic museum building.

Doors Open RI Event 2017

We were thrilled to welcome 600+ members of our community on a behind-the-scenes tour of Sons of Jacob and the RIJM!

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