Issue 23

Friday, June 5, 2020

Local News

Federation to hold virtual annual meeting on June 17

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a virtual annual meeting on Wednesday, June 17, at 7 pm. The community is invited to attend. 

The Reporter to go biweekly

The Reporter will become a biweekly paper starting in July.

Federation to hold webinar “Strengthen Ourselves, Strengthen Each Other” on June 14

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton – in conjunction with Beth David Synagogue, Rohr Chabad Center, Temple Concord and Temple Israel – will hold a virtual community gathering called “Strengthening Ourselves, Strengthening Each Other” on Sunday, June 14, at 7:30 pm. 

Film Fest to hold second virtual film/event

The Jewish International Film Fest of Greater Binghamton will hold a virtual showing of the film “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger. Newberger will lead the online discussion of the film.

JCC to hold webinar on Rod Serling on June 11

The Jewish Community Center will hold a multi-media presentation webinar called “Pioneering Mind of Television: The Life and Times of Rod Serling” on Thursday, June 11, from 7-8 pm. The presenter for the program will be Lawrence Kassan, who is the director of special projects for the Binghamton City School District and founder of the Rod Serling Video Festival. 

TI-TC virtual adult ed. on June 14 to feature “Select Jewish Shorts”

The Temple Israel/Temple Concord Adult Education Group will present the virtual program “Select Jewish Shorts” on Sunday, June 14, at 10:30 am. The program will be dramatic readings of select Jewish short stories. 

BD Dr. Samuel Morell memorial lecture on June 18

Beth David Synagogue will host a memorial lecture by Eitan Morell in memory his father, Dr. Samuel (Shmuel) Morell, who passed away last month. The Zoom lecture will be held on Thursday, June 18, from 2-3 pm, and will be limited to 100 people.


Book review: Wine, beer and other beverages

When you hear hoof beats, do you think of horses or zebras? Unless you live in Africa, the answer for most people is horses. Yet, according to Jordan D. Rosenblum, the ancient rabbis were more interested “in the anomalous rather than the mundane. In short, when they hear hoof beats, they think zebra not horses.” 

Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 11

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educational and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. 


In my own words: Blaming the wrong people

What is wrong with our country? Two recent headlines – “Hate crimes and biases against Asians on rise”* and “FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirus** – make me question the basic tenets of American society.

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