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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The website Philosop-Her, http://politicalphilosopher.net/,
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.