Issue 13

Friday, March 27, 2015

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program about Ben-Gurion on April 12

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.

Federation to collect items for overseas U.S. troops

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.

Israel News

Will the real Netanyahu please stand up?

(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 security.

Five takeaways from the Israeli election

(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.

National News

Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood

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 saltwater taffy?

International News

When Jews found refuge in underground warren at Warsaw Zoo

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.


Book review: Three for spring

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.


War and morality

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.


Passover children’s books: choo-choos, baa-baas and back to Sinai

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.

Making, matzah: At Streit’s 90-year-old Lower East Side factory, “the men” turn out their last matzah batch

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.

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