Issue 35

Friday, September 01, 2017

Local News

Jewish Federation film fest to begin Sept. 10 with “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton’s 2017 Jewish International Film Fest will begin on Sunday, September 10, with a dinner at 5 pm, followed by the film “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” at 7 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

We Remember You 2017: spices, honey and funds needed

Jewish Family Service will be distributing gift baskets filled with a kosher chicken, a challah, apples and honey to low-income Jewish families in the community to enable the recipients to fix a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal.

National News

Emergency relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Jewish Family Service of Houston have opened an emergency relief funds to support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Features

Falk to release 20th anniversary edition of “The Book of Blessings”

The CCAR press is releasing a 20th anniversary edition of Marcia Falk’s “The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath and the New Moon Festival” in September.

Book review: Can that possibly be funny? – Holocaust humor

Liat Steir-Livny’s “Is It OK to Laugh About It?: Holocaust Humour, Satire and Parody in Israeli Culture”(Vallentine Mitchell) is not an anthology of Israeli Holocaust humor, although he does offer examples of that genre in order to explain his theories. Instead, it is a serious and fascinating look at the role the Holocaust plays in Israeli culture and how Israelis use humor as a defense mechanism to reduce the Holocaust’s impact on their lives.

Opinion

Constructing emotions

You have butterflies in your stomach and some other unusual sensations. What are you feeling? Could it be you’re attracted to the person with whom you’re eating lunch? Of course, you could also be coming down with the flu.

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