Issue 34

Friday, August 22, 2014

Local News

“We Remember You” holiday mitzvah project in eighth season

The Binghamton Jewish community has again been asked to help fellow Jews enjoy the High Holiday season. This year marks the eighth anniversary of the “We Remember You” holiday mitzvah project, which is coordinated through Jewish Family Service. Organizers have asked community members to donate non-perishable foods that one might serve during the High Holidays and Sukkot.

Solis-Cohen Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Sept. 5-7 to feature Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Temple Concord will bring in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin as its Solis-Cohen Scholar-in-Residence for Friday-Sunday, September 5-7. The community has been invited to participate in the entire weekend of programs. All programs will be held at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. To make reservations for the programs, contact Temple Concord at 723-7355 or e-mail

Hillel Academy wins grant for pre-kindergarten program

Hillel Academy has won a $660 grant from Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village to support its pre-kindergarten (Ganeinu) program.

Israel News

News from around Israel

Train service in southern Israel suspended over security fears... Yahoo buys small Israeli start-up company... Shin Bet: Hamas West Bank operation aimed to topple P.A., start third intifada

National News

Fifty years after Freedom Summer, civil rights volunteers reflect on activist lives

At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, MS, the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves. It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back in 1964 and have gone on to do in the half-century since.

With Israeli expertise, San Diego going from sea to shining sink

In the early 1990s, San Diego was experiencing drought conditions similar to those it faces today. The San Diego business community started looking for other sources of water for the three million people and hundreds of acres of farmland in the region. That’s where Israel enters the picture.

International News

Defying European antisemitism, Hungarian camp points to renewal of Jewish life

The 70-year-old, post-Holocaust taboo of expressing antisemitic views started to break down over the last several years in Hungary, where 100,000 Jews live among a population of one million. Stoked by the rise of the neo-Nazi political party Jobbik, that flame has been fueled to greater heights during the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas.


Book Review: Searching for that elusive food

Imagine for a moment your favorite comfort food. Take a minute to mentally savor its smell and taste. Now think of how you would feel if the store that sold this emotionally satisfying delicacy no longer existed.

Movie Review: On camera and off, Braff bests reality with “Wish”

A comforting message wrapped in crowd-pleasing comedy, “Scrubs” and “Garden State” star Zach Braff famously called on the public to fund his sophomore film effort, “Wish I Was Here.”


Keeping the paper going

On the average day, there are three solicitation letters waiting for me in the mail. This doesn’t include the numerous organizations that now ask for money by e-mail; that number is too high to count. Yet, I understand the reason they’re contacting me: nonprofit organizations need funds and one of the main ways to raise those funds is through donations. The same is true for The Reporter.

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