Issue 48

Friday, November 28, 2014

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program on “America and Israel: The Way Forward” on Dec. 4

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.

“Hanukkah Night” at Binghamton Senators hockey game

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.

Community Chanukah celebration on Dec. 18 at the JCC

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.

TBE Ithaca to hold Chanukah festival and book fair on December 7

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 Ithaca.

Hanukkah House Museum now open

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.


Michaels creates Shabbat tale complete with dragons

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.

Book review: Searching for a faith community

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 children.


The children of Adam

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.


Celebrating Eric Kimmel’s Hershel, meeting new characters

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 tell-it-like-it-is manner.

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