Issue 7

Friday, February 12, 2016

Local News

Federation to host 92Y Live program on Feb. 14 featuring Garrison Keillor

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “Garrison Keillor: Reading and Reminiscing” on Sunday, February 14, at 3 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. This will be a DVD showing of a program held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

JFS to hold dessert and games day on March 2

Jewish Family Service will host a dessert and games day for adults on Wednesday, March 2, at 1 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Painting with Holocaust history to be discussed at Beth David luncheon on Feb. 13

The Shabbat luncheon on Saturday, February 13, at Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, will feature Karen-edis Barzman, associate professor of art history at Binghamton University. Her talk, which will immediate follow the free luncheon after services, will deal with a piece of art previously hidden in storage at the university for more than 30 years.

“Visiting Mr. Green” at KNOW Theatre

The KNOW Theatre, 74 Carroll St, Binghamton, will present the play “Visiting Mr. Green” by Jeff Baron. Performances will be held on Saturdays, February 13 and 20, at 8 pm; and Sundays, February 14 and 21, at 3 pm, and Thursday, February 18, at 8 pm.

Israel News

The brewish state: Israel taps into growing craft beer industry

It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore.

National News

Indie Jewish communities join forces to create rabbinic fellowship

NEW YORK (JTA) – In the summer of 2011, Lizzi Heydemann returned to her native Chicago to establish a Jewish community loosely modeled on Ikar, the Los Angeles congregation where she had spent two years as a rabbinic intern. She set about harvesting e-mail addresses and putting out the word on social media. Heydemann called her community Mishkan – the Hebrew word for the mobile sanctuary built by the ancient Israelites from communal donations.


Book review: War on the homefront

Even those who never reach the battlefield are affected by war. Civilians’ actions on the homefront – everything from rationing to collecting metal to watching for spies – in the U.S. and England during World War II were considered part of the war effort. Recent novels focus on the actions of two very different civilians

“Son of Saul”: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

BERLIN (JTA) – Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Hillel at Binghamton Jewish Winter Break experiences

Hillel at Binghamton is excited to be working with The Reporter to bring you eight winter break stories from across the Jewish spectrum. Some occur in communities close to home, others in the homeland. Some were active participants in unique Jewish programs and others had the opportunity to lead and observe. These short, yet meaningful, glimpses into the lives of Binghamton’s Jewish leaders display a perspective much deeper than their transcripts provide.


Holidays, secular and other

My mother told me that when I was a child, I was more upset that the Easter Bunny didn’t visit us than I was that Santa Claus never stopped at our house. I thought of this after reading the picture book “Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein” by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer.

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