Issue 44

Friday, October 31, 2014

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program on “World Religions” offers “Spotlight on Judaism” on Nov. 16

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism” with Jack Miles, Susannah Heschel and Professor David Biale on Sunday, November 16, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. This will be a DVD showing of a program held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

CJS discussion on “Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration” with Prof. Hasia Diner on Nov. 6

Hasia Diner, New York University professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies and history, and the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, will speak on Thursday, November 6, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. Her presentation, “Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration and the Peddlers Who Made It Possible,” will be the third in the College of Jewish Studies series “Comedy, Chocolate, and Commerce.” The program will discuss how peddling propelled the Jewish migration, shaped Jewish integration and changed the Jews who settled in their new “new world” homes.

JFS and TC to hold Dare2BU program for teens and parents on Nov. 13

Jewish Family Service and Temple Concord have announced the launch of Dare2BU, a parallel teen and parent program, on Thursday, November 13, from 6:45-8:30 pm, at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. The event will be open to the community for teenagers in eighth-12th grade and there will be no charge to attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

Israel News

Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure “disease” of racism

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israel’s president fills a largely ceremonial role – meeting with foreign dignitaries, representing the government at state funerals and other official gatherings. But the office’s new occupant has embraced a challenge not inherent to the job: curbing what he sees as an epidemic of anti-Arab racism. “Israeli society is sick and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Reuven Rivlin, 75, told a group of Israeli academics on October 23.

National News

The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so.

Features

Rosenberg’s new novel goes back in time

Her latest novel is a departure. After writing two books set in contemporary times, Liz Rosenberg decided to do something a little different: “The Moonlight Palace” (Lake Union Publishing) not only takes place in the 1920s, but in Singapore.

Book review: The many, many voices of the Bible

Scholarly works rarely make me laugh, but that was my reaction to a line in the introductory section of “The Bible’s Many Voices” by Michael Carasik (The Jewish Publication Society). He presents an idea that is simple and obvious, except we tend to forget it when reading American versions of the biblical text: the Bible “was not written in English.” Many of us grow so attached to the English version of the Bible we use, we forget that each word was chosen over other possibilities. To add to the problem, the translator’s voice can mask the differences in language and tone found in the original, something Carasik discusses in his look at the multiple voices found in the text.

JFS Notes: In their own words

Picture a basket filled with fresh apples, a jar of honey, a kosher chicken, a fresh baked challah, non-perishable food items, a handmade Rosh Hashanah card and a gift card to a local super market arriving at your door. This was the scene on September 21, when 15 families received gifts from the “We Remember You” Holiday Mitzvah Project, a program that has just completed its eighth year of service to those in need in the local Jewish community.

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