I have heard that England is in the World Cup and competing for 3rd place. Well, good luck, Brits, but I am not a soccer-football fan. Most of the world may adore this sport but I find it a snore. Hehe.But I did venture forth to New England for two days this week, and for three reasons. One was work-related; I write occasional pieces for a music magazine, and the editor liked my pitch for a story about Rhode Island. So that was Reason Number One. Reason Two, I have two friends who live in Rhode Island and I had not seen them in quite a while, so I asked them if they would be around and they offered to put me up for the night. Reason Three, I figured I would seek out any Lost Synagogues in the city of Providence and thereabouts.I have a Facebook page devoted to The Lost Synagogues of New York City and New Jersey, and I also post photos and information about lost synagogues elsewhere, when I encounter them through travel. In advance of this Rhode Island excursion, I asked people on the page about any leads they had and a few people did. One man in particular knew quite a bit about Providence and suburban Providence former and active shuls.Day One of my trip was devoted to doing the fieldwork for my journalism assignment, and I was able to complete that. (It proved to be interesting.) And then I met one of my friends for dinner at a kosher vegan Asian restaurant. (It proved to be tasty.) Then we drove back to her condo and my other friend was there as well. We all chatted and played a bit with their two cats, Diamond and Graphite. But we all got to sleep somewhat early, which was fine for me. I had done so much driving that day and faced a lot more the next.Thus, Day Two was devoted to lost synagogues in the morning. I found the first of four lost synagogues without much trouble. This shul, Shaare Zedek, is empty. Abandoned. It is not completely clear to me why. But for some reason a non-Jewish man in the area has adopted this building, and he takes care of the grounds. He mows the lawn and weeds it. I explained my interest in the building, and he let me inside. Oy, it was some mess, with so much dust, very warped floor boards in the main sanctuary, and a general air of distraught. But there were many stained glass windows in place. I snapped several pictures of these, as well as the exterior of the building. And I noted that the memorial tablet plaques had been removed.There were three more former synagogues nearby. One is now a church, and it only had but one piece of remaining Judaica, a cornerstone dedication with a name. A third, small former synagogue is now a mosque. The fourth is now a community center and school, and there are plants and produce being grown on the lawns there.The situation in Providence apparently has similarities to other cities such as New York City: Jews have moved around within the city and left a few shul buildings behind, and then built others elsewhere. The good old demographic shifts explanation. Still, I continue to find it a compelling story and mission, to document these former homes of Jewish worship. Where should I travel next in my search?