The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold its Annual Meeting
on Sunday, September 14. Broadway and film actress Neva Small will
offer “Reflections on ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’”
The community has been invited to attend a Touch a Truck event on
Sunday, September 7, from 11 am-2 pm, in the Jewish Community Center’s
parking lot, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The rain date will be Sunday,
September 14. Admission will cost $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per
family. No reservations will be necessary. The event will be open to the
Temple Beth-El of Ithaca will host a lecture by music historian Robert
Cohen on Sunday, September 14, at 7 pm. Cohen will discuss
“American-Jewish Music and African-American Music: Bridges of Song.” The
event will be free and open to the public.
The Reporter Group, which publishes this newspaper and five other papers
in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, was named Business of the
Week for the week of August 18 by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of
Commerce. The Reporter Group has been a member of the Chamber for 13
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israel and the Palestinians
to “fully and completely” comply with the terms of their latest
Hundreds attended the funeral for Daniel Tregerman, the 4-year-old who
who was killed in a mortar attack outside his home near the Gaza border.
PETALUMA, CA (JTA) – On a cool Sunday evening, Jewish campers with
nervous smiles took to the stage one by one to perform poems they had
composed on the theme of identity.
Sometimes a novel’s power is so visceral that I immediately know it will
be an exceptional work of literature. Others are more of a puzzle,
forcing me to analyze my feelings. Deciding what to say becomes even
more difficult when reviewing two novels with similar plots. Comparing
them can affect my reaction: If one stands out, then the other can seem
bland by comparison. Or, if one work is difficult to read, it’s then
easy to overpraise the second. Two novels – “Mount Terminus” by David
Grand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and “O, Africa” by Andrew Lewis Conn
(Hogarth) – left me struggling to gauge my response.
Despite thousands of rockets being fired at Israeli cities, towns and kibbutzim
during Israel’s current conflict with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic
Jihad terrorists in Gaza, the European Union recently condemned Israel’s
“disproportionate use of force” and issued a communiqué urging Israel
to “refrain from all activities that endanger civilians” in Gaza on the
grounds that “such activities are contrary to international law.” U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called Israeli actions “outrageous”
and “indefensible,” and his reaction has fueled demands that Israel be
dragged before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.