Issue 35

Friday, August 29, 2014

Local News

Federation to hold Annual Meeting dinner and dessert on Sept. 14

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 14. Broadway and film actress Neva Small will offer “Reflections on ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’”

Touch a Truck family event at the JCC on Sept. 7

The community has been invited to attend a Touch a Truck event on Sunday, September 7, from 11 am-2 pm, in the Jewish Community Center’s parking lot, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The rain date will be Sunday, September 14. Admission will cost $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. No reservations will be necessary. The event will be open to the entire community.

“Bridges of Song” at Temple Beth-El of Ithaca

Temple Beth-El of Ithaca will host a lecture by music historian Robert Cohen on Sunday, September 14, at 7 pm. Cohen will discuss “American-Jewish Music and African-American Music: Bridges of Song.” The event will be free and open to the public.

The Reporter Group named Business of the Week

The Reporter Group, which publishes this newspaper and five other papers in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, was named Business of the Week for the week of August 18 by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. The Reporter Group has been a member of the Chamber for 13 years.

Israel News

Kerry to Israel and Palestinians: Comply completely with cease-fire

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israel and the Palestinians to “fully and completely” comply with the terms of their latest cease-fire.

Mom of 4-year-old killed by Gaza mortar “cannot come to grips” with his death

Hundreds attended the funeral for Daniel Tregerman, the 4-year-old who who was killed in a mortar attack outside his home near the Gaza border.

National News

Where Jews of color go to “feel normal” at summer camp

PETALUMA, CA (JTA) – On a cool Sunday evening, Jewish campers with nervous smiles took to the stage one by one to perform poems they had composed on the theme of identity.

Features

Book Review: Brothers, filmmaking and love

Sometimes a novel’s power is so visceral that I immediately know it will be an exceptional work of literature. Others are more of a puzzle, forcing me to analyze my feelings. Deciding what to say becomes even more difficult when reviewing two novels with similar plots. Comparing them can affect my reaction: If one stands out, then the other can seem bland by comparison. Or, if one work is difficult to read, it’s then easy to overpraise the second. Two novels – “Mount Terminus” by David Grand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and “O, Africa” by Andrew Lewis Conn (Hogarth) – left me struggling to gauge my response.

Opinion

Geneva meets jihad: the new rules of war

Despite thousands of rockets being fired at Israeli cities, towns and kibbutzim during Israel’s current conflict with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza, the European Union recently condemned Israel’s “disproportionate use of force” and issued a communiqué urging Israel to “refrain from all activities that endanger civilians” in Gaza on the grounds that “such activities are contrary to international law.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called Israeli actions “outrageous” and “indefensible,” and his reaction has fueled demands that Israel be dragged before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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