The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will present the 92Y Live
program “America and Israel: The Way Forward” on Thursday, December 4,
at 8:15 pm promptly, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd.,
Vestal. This will be a live program broadcast from the 92nd Street Y in
New York City.
Community members will have an opportunity to celebrate the fifth night
of Chanukah at the annual “Hanukkah Night at the Binghamton Senators”
hockey game, on Saturday, December 20, at 7:05 pm at the Floyd L. Maines
Veterans Memorial Arena, downtown Binghamton.
This year’s Community Chanukah celebration, open to the entire
community, will be held on the third night of Chanukah, Thursday,
December 18, from 5:15-7 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500
Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
Temple Beth El will hold its annual Chanukah Festival and Book Fair in
anticipation of the holiday on Sunday, December 7, from 9 am-3 pm.
Chanukah will begin this year the evening of Tuesday, December 16. The
temple is located at the corner of Court and Tioga Streets in downtown
The Hanukkah House Museum of Temple Concord is a seasonal teaching
museum, housed in the Kilmer Mansion, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. The
museum is now open to the public through Sunday, December 28. Hours are
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 pm, and Thursday from 4-8 pm.
It will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27.
What do the laws of Shabbat and dragons have in common? The answer will
be obvious for readers of “Mindel and the Misfit Dragons: A Magical Tale
By An Ancient Hand” by Xianna Michaels (Alcabal Press). Michaels, the
daughter of Samuel and Clare Ladenheim, of Binghamton, uses poetry to
create a Medieval-style children’s story that combines Jewish faith with
a lesson in how everyone – even if they’re different – can find their
place in the world.
For most of his adult life, Lee Kravitz felt no need for organized
religion – particularly the Judaism he practiced in his youth. Although
during his teenage years he had experienced “a spiritual hunger,” as an
adult that desire subsided as he busied himself first with his career
and then his family. However, after several crises – including losing
his job and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – the
50-something Kravitz once again felt a spiritual yearning. In “Pilgrim:
Risking the Life I Have to Find the Faith I Seek” (Hudson Street Press),
he writes of his search for a meaningful religious experience and his
fears that doing so would alienate his secular-leaning wife and
One very beautiful rabbinic idea talks about the importance of each
individual life: Whenever we save a life, it is as if we’ve saved a
whole world. The inverse is also considered true: whoever destroys a
life is considered to have destroyed a whole world. This idea can be
found in a section of the Mishnah called Sanhedrin, which deals with a beit din, a Jewish court of law.
BOSTON (JTA) – Back in 1984, when Eric Kimmel was an up-and-coming
children’s book author, he tried his hand at a Chanukah story, one
featuring goblins. Overly cautious Jewish editors rejected the
manuscript, not knowing what to make of it, Kimmel recalled. “It was
strange. It didn’t look like any other Chanukah books and didn’t fit
into any neat category. It wasn’t a folk tale and it was kind of
creepy,” he told JTA with his signature sense of humor and