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The Binghamton community will commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust
Remembrance Day, with a series of commemorative events starting on
Wednesday, May 4, held by Hillel at Binghamton’s Third Generation
Holocaust Survivors Committee.
The Joint Temple Concord/Temple Israel Adult Education Committee has
announced that its next brunch program will be held on Sunday, May 1, at
10 am, at Temple Concord. Author Kenneth Wishnia will speak about and
read from his new book, “Jewish Noir,” a collection of stories said to
be about “the underside of the Jewish experience in America.”
The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service, together with the
Jewish Community Center’s adult program department, are planning a day
trip to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The
trip is planned for Thursday, May 19. Bus departure from the JCC will be
at 7 am. The bus is scheduled to return to the JCC by 8 pm.
Beginning last October and running through next year, Temple Beth-El of
Ithaca is marking the 40th anniversary of its rabbi’s service to the
community with a series of lectures and classes in his honor.
On April 22, 196 nations across the world marked Earth Day, the annual
day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not
to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up
nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation,
including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016,
JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements
and global contributions in the environmental realm.
As a teenager, I had little to no interest in reading mysteries. My
preferred genre was literary novels, although I did enjoy a few fantasy
series. In college, I read Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but
only because they were considered American classics. The one exception
was Dorothy Sayer’s novels, the first of which was given to me by a
I’ve been opinionated since I was a young child. Just ask my mom: she’ll
tell you I knew what I wanted and what I liked from the moment I was
On the surface, it seems unlikely that an American composer – let alone a
Southern Baptist from Alabama – would write a musical treatment about a
largely unknown Holocaust hero. But for musical composer Neely Bruce,
creating an oratorio depicting the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a
Portuguese diplomat who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis during
World War II, was a dive into history, politics and musical exploration.