Federation to hold community gathering on Jan. 16

By: Reporter staff

As a response to recent antisemitic attacks, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host a community gathering on Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. Area rabbis and community leaders will take part in the gathering. The event will feature songs and prayers with the purpose of helping the Jewish community “come together to recognize our freedom and rejoice in the loving community spirit we have here in Binghamton. We want to stand together as proud Jewish people and show that love wins over hate,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton.
Hubal added, “When there is a rise in antisemitism and other hate crimes, the result is that many Jews and other minorities begin to live in fear and isolation. I do not want this to happen to the Binghamton community. Our gathering will show that we are one people with a commitment to our faith during this difficult time. We want to acknowledge the religious freedom we have in this country and to pray for peace for all people.”
If there is a weather related cancellation, an announcement will be made on the Federation’s Facebook page, “Jewish Binghamton.”