Issue 6

Friday, February 05, 2016

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program featuring Garrison Keillor on Feb. 14

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “Garrison Keillor: Reading and Reminiscing” on Sunday, February 14, at 3 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Temple Israel issues building construction update

The Temple Israel Building Committee reported to the TI Executive Committee at its January 19 meeting that the construction of the new Temple Israel “is going well” and is approximately 60 percent complete.

Orthodox poet to give reading at BU on Feb. 23

The Binghamton Center for Writers at Binghamton University has announced its spring semester programs, which will include a Readers’ Series event with Binghamton alum and Orthodox Jewish poet Yehoshua November on Tuesday, February 23, at 8 pm, in Science I Room 149, on the BU campus. The event will be free and open to the public.

JFS to hold dessert and games day

Jewish Family Service will host a dessert and games day for adults on Wednesday, March 2, at 1 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Israel News

Western Wall prayer fight ends with historic compromise

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israel’s government on January 31 approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment.


Book review: The Hebrew Bible in English, or what is that text?

When Aviya Kushner first read the Bible in English, she was surprised and shocked. This daughter of an Israeli mother and American father had always studied and discussed the Hebrew version of the Bible at Jewish schools or with her family. It was only when taking a Bible class in graduate school at the University of Iowa that she encountered a text that seemed completely foreign – so different was the work in English that some parts were unrecognizable.

Jewish teens’ special day doesn’t need to clash with special needs

“It was a day filled with light, joy and hope,” says Adina Levitan, recalling the bar mitzvah of one of her favorite Camp HASC students. The New York-based camp, which each summer serves more than 300 children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, provides 13-year-old boys with summer birthdays the chance to study for and celebrate their bar mitzvahs on premises.


Moral imperatives

The website Philosop-Her,, recently featured an essay by Binghamton University Professor Lisa Tessman. I’ve been fascinated by her work on moral dilemmas since I interviewed her for The Reporter.

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