The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live
program “On David Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” on Sunday, April
12, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The program, which features David Remnick, Anita Shapira and Steve
Zipperstein, will be a DVD showing of a program held at the 92nd Street Y
in New York City.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton is collecting items for
overseas U.S. troops. A box for the items can be found in the lobby of
the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The collection
will end Thursday, April 9.
(JTA) – There are two Benjamin Netanyahus. To his detractors, Netanyahu
is arrogant, a dissembler and a racist. To his defenders, he is
intrepid, politically astute and singularly devoted to Israel’s
(JTA) – In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270,
the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In
Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the
120-seat Knesset – and with it, the premiership.
NEW YORK (JTA) – Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East
Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate
rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of
kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow
aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and
WARSAW (JTA) – In a carriage bound for the Warsaw Zoo, Moshe Tirosh
could sense his parents’ fear and the strong odor of alcohol wafting
from the direction of the driver and his horse. The trepidation that
rainy night in 1940 was from the Nazi soldiers guarding the Kierbedzia
Bridge separating the family’s home from the zoo where they hoped to
find shelter. As for the smell, it was the result of a successful ruse
designed by Tirosh’s father to get them there safely.
First it’s snowing, then it’s raining, then it’s icy, then there’s a
beautiful, warm spring day followed by... snow, then rain, then ice...
You get the idea. There’s only one thing to do when the weather is this
volatile: read. (Bet that came as a surprise.) The three novels in this
review don’t have much in common except for featuring Jewish characters,
but all offer something of interest.
One underlying assumption of war is that usually someone will die. While
this may strike one as an obvious, if not banal, statement, two recent
reviews in The New York Times Book Review made me ponder what war
actually means to the people fighting and dying.
BOSTON (JTA) – When Deborah Bodin Cohen immersed herself in rabbinical
school in the early 1990s, she expected to spend a year in Israel as
part of her studies with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion. What she didn’t know was that a decade later, the experience
of living in Jerusalem would spark her inspiration for a children’s book
that has become a popular award-winning series.
NEW YORK (JTA) – Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a
large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids
becoming too nostalgic. “It’s like I tell my family members: none of you
own a car from 1935, why do you think a matzah factory from 1935 is
what we should be using today?” says Adler, one of Streit’s Matzos’ 11
co-owners. This is the line of thought behind the imminent closing of
the Streit’s matzah factory, a longtime Jewish fixture in a city
neighborhood that once was home to one of the highest concentration of
Jews in the country.