Issue 17

Friday, April 24, 2015

Local News

CJS opening program on April 30: “Cotton and Capital”

The College of Jewish Studies will open its spring series of lectures focusing on the theme of “Jews from Main Street to Wall Street” on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

CJS lecture on May 14: “Jews and the Making of the New South”

The second lecture of the College of Jewish Studies series on “Jews from Main Street to Wall Street” will be delivered by Leonard Rogoff, a historian and writer of Jewish history in the southern states. The program will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

JFS to hold program discussing the future of Willow Point Nursing Home

Jewish Family Service will sponsor another program with Wanda Mead Campbell, from Citizen Action, focused on the future of Willow Point, the community’s only public nursing home facility, on Wednesday, April 29, at 1:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

JFS to hold “Focus Group for Alzheimer’s Families”

Jewish Family Service will present a “Focus Group for Alzheimer’s Families: Learn Emotional and Spiritual Tools for Coping” on Mondays, from May 4-June 29, except for Memorial Day, May 25, from 7-8:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Israel News

Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics

Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then 17 years old, had just been disqualified from the Israeli kayaking championship.

National News

Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?

NEW YORK (JTA) – It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel – and, its backers say, kosher – way to turn light switches (and, perhaps, other electrical appliances) on and off during Shabbat, circumventing one of the Sabbath’s central restrictions: the use of electricity.


Book review: The dark side of human nature

“Did you like it?” That’s one of the first questions people ask about a book. Look at the review website Goodreads: the number of stars you pick translates into “it was OK” “liked” and “really liked it,” among a few other offerings. Yet, there are works of fiction – sometimes excellent ones – that defy this type of categorization.

Yom Hashoah 2015 at Binghamton University

On April 15, Jewish communities from around the world came together for the solemn start of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah. At Binghamton University, the mood was no different.


Three potlucks

I went to three potlucks during the April 10 weekend. The first was a luncheon after Passover holiday services, the second a Shabbat meal after a religious school family service and the third was part of a post-Passover seder held with friends who couldn’t gather during the holiday.

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