Issue 35

Friday, August 28, 2015

Local News

Second annual community Selichot concert to be held on Sept. 5

The community has been invited to once again join together for a musical concert to bring in the new year on Saturday, September 5, at 9:15 pm, at Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.

We Remember You Holiday Mitzvah Project called “a win-win for all”

For the ninth consecutive year, the We Remember You Holiday Mitzvah Project will bring hospitality to Jewish neighbors who might not have family and friends nearby, or the means to celebrate the Jewish holidays according to their traditions.

Yiddish Theater Festival to be held Sept. 8-10

The first-ever Yiddish Theater Festival in the Fingerlakes, starring New York City’s New Yiddish Rep, will include four events over three nights, Tuesday-Thursday, September 8-10, in Ithaca.

National News

Is U.S. taxpayer money subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs?

Taxpayer dollars in the United States and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges.

Spreading Shabbat joy from the Upper East Side around the world

To Jewish parents of young children on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Karina Zilberman is something of a celebrity. She is the tall, blonde, guitar-strumming founder of the 92nd Street Y’s Shababa, a multigenerational musical celebration of Shabbat whose name is a mash-up of the modern Hebrew word “sababa” (meaning “cool” or “chill”) and Shabbat.

Customized online learning initiative is “building together” with Jewish schools

As technology continues to permeate traditional classroom environments, more than 25 Jewish day schools are taking part in a new era of learning fostered by Bonim B’Yachad (translated from Hebrew as “building together”), an Israel-based online learning initiative founded three years ago.

Features

Book review: Giving God a name

How do we imagine God? In Jewish liturgy, God is depicted not by physical characteristics, but by qualities of character – although sometimes the phrases used can contradict each other.

Opinion

The lynching of Leo Frank and the lessons it imparts 100 years on

In the early hours of August 17, 1915, a 31-year-old man took his last breath as the table beneath him was kicked out and the short rope hung from an oak branch snapped his neck. The man hanging from that tree was an American Jew by the name of Leo Frank. Although Frank was the only Jew in the history of America lynched by a mob, his death had a profound and lasting impact on American Jewry.

Making historical assumptions

Recent discussions about the Iran Accord have compared President Barack Obama to Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s Munich Agreement with Nazi Germany allowed Adolf Hitler to annex the Sudetenland section of Czechoslovakia. What’s interesting is the assumptions people make about how history would have changed if the pact had not taken place.

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