Issue 43

Friday, October 24, 2014

Local News

CJS “Three C’s: Chocolate” - “Jews on the Chocolate Trail” on Oct. 30

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz’s lecture “Jews on the Chocolate Trail,” the second program of the College of Jewish Studies fall series, will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY.

CJS “Three C’s: Commerce” - Professor Hasia Diner on "Roads Taken" on Nov. 6

Professor Hasia Diner, of New York University, will speak on “Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration and the Peddlers Who Made it Possible” on Thursday, November 6, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The lecture will be the third in the College of Jewish Studies series “Comedy, Commerce and Chocolate.”

Children of Abraham presents Rabbi Ron Kronish

Rabbi Ron Kronish, the founder and director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Children of Abraham event on Sunday, November 2, from 2-4:15 pm, at Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St., Vestal.

Israel News

In Knesset, former protest leader Stav Shaffir follows the money

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Having coffee with Stav Shaffir is little different from meeting up with other 20-somethings in Tel Aviv. She rushes into the café a few minutes late, glances repeatedly at her phone and complains about high rents and an out-of-touch government. It’s hard, she says, being the youngest woman in a workplace full of older men. The only difference: The workplace is the Knesset and Shaffir, 29, is the youngest female lawmaker in Israel’s history.

News from Israel

Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian state on ‘67 lines; More Jewish families move to Jerusalem Arab neighborhood; Some Beit Shemesh lawmakers eye splitting city into haredi and non-haredi entities; Jerusalem bus ads of women in prayer shawls vandalized

International News

News from around Europe

Heirs to German Jews sue Swiss bank UBS to recover inheritance; No charges for British lawmaker for “Israel-free zone” comment; Kosher butcher in Germany admits selling non-kosher meat for years


Junior NCSY chapter revived by BU student

A junior chapter for NCSY in Binghamton has been revived by Shachar Avraham, a Binghamton University junior from Westchester, NY, and Fairlawn, NJ. Currently, the group has fewer than a dozen participants, mostly fourth and fifth grade students from Hillel Academy, but hopes to continue growing. “We want the kids to feel like they’re part of the Jewish community – we want them to know it exists, and that they can take part in it,” said Avraham.

Holy Texting! Does new app make smartphone use permissible on Shabbat?

Teens love texting. Cell phones don’t jive with Shabbat. A new app seeks to address this uniquely Jewish case of “unstoppable force meets immovable object.”


Don’t do unto others, or what’s my name?

Several times in the past few months, the topic of how we should treat others came up in a religious context.

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