Issue 15

Friday, April 10, 2020

Local News

Keeping the community strong: Chesed Challenge continues

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton’s Chesed Challenge continues through Thursday, April 30. An anonymous donor has pledged to double any new gift, up to $10,000, given to the Federation during this time.

Film Fest to go virtual

The Jewish International Film Fest of Greater Binghamton is going virtual. “Rather than cancelling the Film Fest, we have decided to transform it,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, which sponsors the Fest.

JFS continues to work during the current crisis

Jewish Family Service is working to meet the needs of the Binghamton Jewish community during the current health and economic crisis.

Cancellations and postponements

New cancellations and postponements


Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 3

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. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available.  

Book review: A biography of the haggadah

More Jews observe Passover than any other Jewish holiday, although those celebrations vary greatly – from strictly Orthodox to totally secular. What they all have in common, though, is some variation of the haggadah, which provides a blueprint for what will occur during the evening. However, what exactly is the haggadah and why are there so many different versions?


From the desk of the executive director: With gratitude

The first yahrzeit for my father is next week. I miss him terribly. His sense of humor, intellect and creative spirit are what fill my memories the most. Although he was taken much too young, I do feel a sense of relief that he is not in a nursing home during the current pandemic. It would have been terribly painful to not visit and care for him during the most difficult time of his life. 

Thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis

Editor’s note: The Reporter asked local pulpit rabbis about the effect COVID-19 was having on their congregation and their thoughts on the crisis.

In my own words: Working from home

Although newspapers are considered a vital industry, Reporter staff have been working from home as much as possible. That makes work more difficult since all communication is done on the computer, but we decided to do this because we want to follow government guidelines as best we can. We’re also worried about each other’s health.

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