Issue 10

Friday, March 06, 2015

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program featuring Thomas L. Friedman on March 22

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “Thomas L. Friedman in Conversation with Dov Seidman: How to Repair Our World” on Sunday, March 22, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Israel News

Win for families is Round 2 in the Israeli-Palestinian judicial wars

NEW YORK (JTA) – Round 2 in the judicial wars between Israel and the PLO went to Israel, and Israel isn’t about to let the Palestinians forget it.

National News

Forthcoming major action movies inspired by Jewish comic artist Jack Kirby

With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015 – “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the “Fantastic Four” series, slated for an August release – have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of.

International News

In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right

KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA) – Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and smoke blowing in the colors of the Lithuanian flag, even he could blend in temporarily with the crowd.

Features

Book review: Murder, mayhem and a golem

Take one cynical detective, add a gruesome murder, a dash of rabbinic midrash and stir together with a medieval legend. The result? Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman’s exciting and page-turning “The Golem of Hollywood” (G. P. Purman’s Sons).

Film Review: “German Doctor” offers dark historical thriller

From childhood people are taught to mind who they trust, for sinister motives can disguise themselves in kind gestures and handsome faces, but would anyone suspect the newly arrived stranger to actually be one of history’s greatest fiends? In Lucía Puenzo’s “The German Doctor,” based on her own novel, an Argentinian family contends with a German-speaking doctor who takes an unusual interest in their lives.

Opinion

“Start-up nation” Israel’s best defense: science education

Due to a seemingly never-ending cycle of war in Israel, the Jewish state is constantly taking great measures to strengthen its military and defend its borders. Fueled by wartime pressures, the “start-up nation” also invests a great deal of time, money and intellect into the development of advanced defense systems – security technology that has already saved thousands of lives.

The masks we wear

One of the themes of Purim, which we just celebrated, is that everyone wears masks. Esther masks herself as a non-Jew until she is forced to reveal her Jewish heritage.

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