The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold its annual dessert meeting on Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm.
News from around Israel, from JTA
Admit it: You might be wrong. Yes, you have a strong view about
whether the recent nuclear deal signed with Iran will spell catastrophe
for Israel, or whether it’s the best of a range of bad options for
dealing with Iran’s apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon. But we
can’t predict the future, so we can’t know for sure whether this deal
will be more or less effective at slowing Iran’s path to a bomb...
What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born
resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson
is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous
social networking site for “authentic conversation” with “likeminded”
people. He is also an ordained rabbi, though his colorful pants, fedora
and purple T-shirt with the Grateful Dead’s dancing bear logo make him
unconventional, to say the least.
It’s a cliche to say that history is written by the victors. Yet, the
way we view the past is affected by the outcome of events. We also tend
to believe that each particular resolution is the only path history
could have taken.
Rabbi Rachel Esserman forwarded me an article from The Forward
that she thought I would be interested in reading. The gist of the
article was that “Federations have lost their place as the centerpiece
of our communities. Revitalizing them is critical for the Jewish
future.” “Have you been to Binghamton?” I wanted to shout at the
authors, George T. Caplan and Steven Windmueller.
Was Shakespeare wrong when he wrote “that which we call a rose / By any
other name would smell as sweet”? The answer in contemporary times would
be yes: Words and names do matter.