Author Mark Cohen will open the College of Jewish Studies fall series of
lectures, “Three Cs: Comedy, Chocolate and Commerce,” each focusing on
aspects of Jews’ involvement in the development of Jewish culture today.
Cohen will give a presentation on “Allan Sherman: The Life, the Hits
and Lost Recordings” on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish
Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live
program “When Your Life Is on Fire, What Would You Save?” featuring Alan
Alda, Jane Pauley and Fred Newman with Erik Kolbell on Sunday, October
19, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The Jewish Community Center is now accepting reservations for its annual
fund-raising gala on Saturday, November 8, at 7 pm, at the JCC, 500
Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The event, “A Taste of Broadway,” will feature
the Tri-Cities Opera artist-in-residence, who will perform songs and
ensembles from Broadway shows such as “Les Miserables,” “Fiddler on the
Roof” and “Man of La Mancha.” In addition to the performance, the event
will also include cocktails, a light dinner, music and dancing.
ARIEL, West Bank (JTA) – The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s
palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he
explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which
were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are
in fact remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years ago. They
were preserved under layers of earth from the era when David and Solomon
ruled over the land of Israel.
Ohad BarSimanTov, an Israeli who recently received a Ph.D. in electrical
engineering from Binghamton University, is the founder of InfraSonic
Monitoring, a company developing a non-invasive, mobile monitor for
cardiac output, a technology with applications in the fields of medicine
and athletics. Currently the company is seeking further investment to
allow testing, including a clinical study for the FDA, in the hopes of
bringing a product to market in the next few years.
Some critics claim that the Golden Age of American Jewish fiction
occurred in the 1950s and ‘60s due to a combination of the horror of the
Holocaust and the struggles of second- and third-generation immigrants.
They even suggest that Jewish American writing is passé – that
everything produced today is a rehash of old themes. However, these
critics have obviously not read the exciting novels and memoirs by a new
group of immigrants: Russian American Jews. While not all the
literature produced is equally successful, it’s almost uniformly
interesting and provocative as demonstrated by two recent first novels:
“A Replacement Life” by Boris Fishman (Harper) and “Panic in a Suitcase”
by Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Riverhead Books).
Inspired by an infamous 1941 pogrom, Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s film
“Aftermath,” a mystery drama about two Polish brothers digging into
their hometown’s dark past, reminds audiences that the evils of the
Holocaust did not end with the liberation of the concentration camps, or
Germany’s surrender or the establishment of Israel. History’s malignant
ripples still distort the present, particularly when injustices thought
forgotten break through to the surface.
(JTA) – Once again the love affair between the Jewish people and higher
education is back in full bloom. The start of a new school year, and the
Jewish New Year, marked the beginning of robust programming for Jewish
college students across the globe.
(JTA) – Four rabbis are engaged in an animated debate about Jewish law.
Three of them agree, but the dissenter is adamant that he has it right.
He cries out: “A sign, God, I beg You, a sign!” It begins to rain, but
the three in the majority are not swayed. “Another sign, please God!”