Federation to celebrate Israel at 70 on June 24

By: Reporter staff

The Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold an “Israel at 70 Celebration” on Sunday, June 24, at 5:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. Jonathan Tobin, the editor-in-chief of JNS – Jewish News Syndicate, will speak about “The Miracle of Israel.” The event will also include a dinner with Israeli cuisine. The cost to attend will be $20. Reservations must be made for the evening in order for the Federation to have enough food for those attending. To make a reservation, contact the Federation at 724-2332 by Tuesday, June 19.
“Leave politics at home and join us in celebrating the miracle of the state of Israel,” said Sima Auerbach, executive director of the Federation. “Jonathan Tobin wrote a wonderful column that appeared in The Reporter that reminds us not to take for granted Israel’s existence. The evening will give our community a chance to spend time with friends, enjoy Israeli food, learn about Israel and celebrate the Jewish homeland that came into being in 1948.”
In additional to being the award-winning editor in chief of JNS.org, Tobin is a contributing writer for National Review, a conservative magazine of opinion and ideas. He is also a columnist for the New York Post, The Federalist, Haaretz and the New York Jewish Week. In his writing, he covers on a daily basis the American political scene, foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East diplomacy and the Jewish world.
Before coming to JNS, Tobin was first executive editor and then senior online editor and chief political blogger for Commentary magazine for eight years. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia for 10 years and before that, the editor of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. His writing has appeared in many other publications, including The Jerusalem Post, where he wrote the “View From America” column for many years. He has won more than 50 awards for his writing and appears regularly on television commenting on politics and foreign policy. Along with J.J. Goldberg of the Forward, he tours the country debating politics and Jewish issues.
“I’m looking forward to hearing Jonathan Tobin speak,” Auerbach added. “His talk promises to be fascinating. Help us celebrate this ‘who-would-believe-it event’: the 70th birthday of the Jewish state.”