Issue 8

Friday, February 19, 2016

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program featuring Joel Grey on March 6

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “Joel Grey with Gay Talese: Master of Ceremonies” on Sunday, March 6, at 3 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. This will be a DVD showing of a program held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

JFS to hold dessert and games day on March 2

Jewish Family Service will host a dessert and games day for adults on Wednesday, March 2, at 1 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Hillel at Binghamton’s Koach community participates in World Wide Wrap

Members of Hillel at Binghamton participated in the World Wide Wrap on February 7.

Israel News

Green therapy: an oasis in Israel’s Negev Desert for people with disabilities

The latest blooming in Israel’s Negev Desert is particularly relevant in February, which is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. At Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran – a rehabilitation village in southern Israel that serves people with severe disabilities – residents benefit from green therapy, which uses gardening and nature to help give the special needs community a higher quality of life.


Poetry as a “meeting place of the Divine and the flawed”

Binghamton University alum and Orthodox Jewish poet Yehoshua November will participate in a Binghamton Center for Writers Readers’ Series event on Tuesday, February 23, at 8 pm, in Science I Room 149, on the Binghamton University campus.

Book review: Life lessons

Two sets of circumstances form the basis of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner’s religious life: the fact that he was raised a Conservative Jew (he calls his family “observant, but not compulsive”) and the death of his son from progeria, a rare disease also known as rapid-aging syndrome. The second circumstance changed not only the way he viewed his rabbinate, but how he understood the function of religion. In “Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life” (Alfred A. Knopf), Kushner offers a work that’s part memoir and part theology.


Hello, this is Sima

Seventeen people braved the cold, but sunny, day last Sunday to hear Garrison Keillor.

Despair or hope

Is the world improving or plunging into a new dark age? There’s a growing sub-genre of young adult fiction featuring dystopias, which offer a version of the earth devastated by either ecological or manmade disasters. These works usually end with a glimpse of hope – the idea that even after disaster, we don’t have to surrender to despair.

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