Issue 47

Friday, November 21, 2014

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program on “America and Israel: The Way Forward” on Dec. 4

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will present the 92Y Live program “America and Israel: The Way Forward” on Thursday, December 4, at 8:15 pm promptly, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. This will be a live program broadcast from the 92nd Street Y in New York City;

JCC receives check from Wendy’s Walk for Kids

The Jewish Community Center received a check for $58,500 from Wendy’s Walk for Kids on November 13 to be put toward JCC programs and services benefitting children in the community.

JCC to host the music of Frank Sinatra

The Jewish Community Center Sports Department is celebrating the newly renovated Kenneth Olum Gymnasium with the program “An Evening of Frank Sinatra” on Saturday, December 13, from 7-10 pm. Entertainer Bill Nanni will perform Frank Sinatra songs at the event, which will also feature casino games, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. The event will be open to the entire community. The cost to attend will be $50 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the JCC at 724-2417.

JFS program to discuss Social Security and Medicare

Jewish Family Service has once again invited Wanda Mead Campbell, of Citizen Action of New York, to speak about Social Security and Medicare on Wednesday, December 3, at 1:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center.

Intersisterhood event to be held on Dec. 10 at Beth David Synagogue

Women in the community have been invited to the annual Intersisterhood meeting on Wednesday, December 10, at Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. The program, a Judaica Chinese auction, will begin at 7 pm. The cost will be $5 per person and will include light refreshments.

Israel News

From Ebola to Iraqi refugees, Israeli aid group tackles world’s crises

Known primarily for their military prowess and high-tech ingenuity, some consider Israelis to be overlooked in terms of global engagement. However, IsraAID, an Israeli non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2001, has been on the frontline of every major humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, including at current difficult situations in Iraq and West Africa.

National News

Exhibit brings to life 350 years of American Jews in the military

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Mementos of Jacob Goldstein slide across the 3-foot-by-4-foot horizontal screen like cards being dealt at a casino: his photograph, his name, an Operation Urgent Fury headline denoting the 1983 military campaign in Grenada, Goldstein’s explanatory text summarizing his role during the invasion.

International News

Museum to illuminate Jewish history of Poland

Given that half of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust came from Poland, many descendants of Polish Jews may be surprised to learn about the current hospitable environment for the Jewish population of their ancestors’ country.


Interim Dean Burch builds bridges with students

C. Beth Burch, a professor of education at Binghamton University, has been called an authority on many subjects, including Jewish American women writers. However, her focus for the next few years will be on the university’s Graduate School of Education. Burch was appointed the interim dean of the school earlier this fall.


Hello, this is Sima...

I often write about something that has happened in my life, but today I will write about something important to my heart and our community: the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton.


At Thanksgiving time, making a leap to feed the needy

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – As we prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, FL, about hunger and homelessness in America. Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us to pay more than lip service to our Jewish ideals?

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