Issue 42

Friday, October 17, 2014

Local News

CJS program on Oct. 23 to be Mark Cohen talk on Allan Sherman

Author Mark Cohen will open the College of Jewish Studies fall series of lectures, “Three Cs: Comedy, Chocolate and Commerce,” each focusing on aspects of Jews’ involvement in the development of Jewish culture today. Cohen will give a presentation on “Allan Sherman: The Life, the Hits and Lost Recordings” on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Federation to host 92Y Live program featuring Alan Alda, Jane Pauley and Fred Newman on Oct. 19

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “When Your Life Is on Fire, What Would You Save?” featuring Alan Alda, Jane Pauley and Fred Newman with Erik Kolbell on Sunday, October 19, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

JCC fund-raising gala features Tri-Cities Opera

The Jewish Community Center is now accepting reservations for its annual fund-raising gala on Saturday, November 8, at 7 pm, at the JCC, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The event, “A Taste of Broadway,” will feature the Tri-Cities Opera artist-in-residence, who will perform songs and ensembles from Broadway shows such as “Les Miserables,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Man of La Mancha.” In addition to the performance, the event will also include cocktails, a light dinner, music and dancing.

Israel News

What did King David drink? Israeli wine researchers aim to revive ancient libations

ARIEL, West Bank (JTA) – The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are in fact remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years ago. They were preserved under layers of earth from the era when David and Solomon ruled over the land of Israel.


Israeli-born Binghamton resident leads development of non-invasive cardiac output monitor

Ohad BarSimanTov, an Israeli who recently received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Binghamton University, is the founder of InfraSonic Monitoring, a company developing a non-invasive, mobile monitor for cardiac output, a technology with applications in the fields of medicine and athletics. Currently the company is seeking further investment to allow testing, including a clinical study for the FDA, in the hopes of bringing a product to market in the next few years.

Book review: Russian Jews in Brooklyn

Some critics claim that the Golden Age of American Jewish fiction occurred in the 1950s and ‘60s due to a combination of the horror of the Holocaust and the struggles of second- and third-generation immigrants. They even suggest that Jewish American writing is passé – that everything produced today is a rehash of old themes. However, these critics have obviously not read the exciting novels and memoirs by a new group of immigrants: Russian American Jews. While not all the literature produced is equally successful, it’s almost uniformly interesting and provocative as demonstrated by two recent first novels: “A Replacement Life” by Boris Fishman (Harper) and “Panic in a Suitcase” by Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Riverhead Books).

Film Review: Hatred and history burn in “Aftermath”

Inspired by an infamous 1941 pogrom, Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s film “Aftermath,” a mystery drama about two Polish brothers digging into their hometown’s dark past, reminds audiences that the evils of the Holocaust did not end with the liberation of the concentration camps, or Germany’s surrender or the establishment of Israel. History’s malignant ripples still distort the present, particularly when injustices thought forgotten break through to the surface.


Point/counterpoint: Hillel is an open forum

(JTA) – Once again the love affair between the Jewish people and higher education is back in full bloom. The start of a new school year, and the Jewish New Year, marked the beginning of robust programming for Jewish college students across the globe.

Point/counterpoint: Open Hillel is a necessary intervention

(JTA) – Four rabbis are engaged in an animated debate about Jewish law. Three of them agree, but the dissenter is adamant that he has it right. He cries out: “A sign, God, I beg You, a sign!” It begins to rain, but the three in the majority are not swayed. “Another sign, please God!”

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