Issue 46

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Local News

“Jews in Polish Liquor Trade” to be next CJS topic

The College of Jewish Studies will continue its fall program of lectures – under the theme of “Jews in Business: Historical Perspectives” – on Thursday, November 19, at the Jewish Community Center, at 7:30 pm. Professor Glenn Dynner will present a program titled “Jews in the Polish Liquor Trade.”

Jews for Judaism speaker to discuss Jewish survival

A free program will be offered to the entire community, titled “Meeting Today’s Challenges to Jewish Survival,” on Sunday, December 6, from 10:30 am-noon, at the Jewish Community Center.

JFS to present Dessert and Learn on Dec. 2

Jewish Family Service will present a Dessert and Learn program on Wednesday, December 2, at 1:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center. The guest speaker will be Ben Kasper, professor emeritus, Broome Community College.

Next Children of Abraham program to be held Dec. 5

The objective of Children of Abraham, a local interfaith initiative, is fostering communication and understanding between faiths. Its first program, “Under the Tent,” which was held last spring, was attended by 200 individuals for the learning experience and small group discussions.

Local filmmaker to screen his film, “Tickling Leo,” Nov. 22

Jeremy Davidson, a Jewish filmmaker from Vestal, will screen his first feature film, “Tickling Leo,” twice at EPAC on Sunday, November 22, at 3 pm and 7 pm. Davidson and others involved in making the picture will be present for discussion. The cost for admission will be $10.

BU Forum to explore “The Fate of Art Looted During the Holocaust” on Nov. 20

Litigator Owen Pell will discuss “The Fate of Art Looted During the Holocaust” on Friday, November 20, at the Binghamton University Forum, held at the Binghamton Club, 81 Front St., Binghamton. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 am with Pell’s discussion starting at 8 am. There is a $20 fee for each guest payable at the door.

Hillel at Binghamton responds to antisemitic speaker

When Hillel at Binghamton learned that Cynthia McKinney, a former congresswoman whom the Anti-Defamation League has called “antisemitic,” was going to speak at Binghamton University, the organization decided that it needed to respond.

Professor Glenn Dynner speaks about his research

Professor Glenn Dynner, the second speaker in the College of Jewish Studies fall series, will discuss “Jews in the Polish Liquor Trade” on Thursday, November 19, at the Jewish Community Center, at 7:30 pm. (For more information on the program, see the article on page 1 of this issue.) Dynner discussed his research with The Reporter in an e-mail interview.

Israel News

Israel names first New Zealand envoy since 2002

Israel named its first envoy to New Zealand since its embassy was closed there in 2002. Shemi Tzur, a former ambassador to Cyprus, Finland and Estonia, is expected to take up his post next year.

Israel allows cattle into Gaza

Israel is allowing thousands of cattle to enter the Gaza Strip.

National News

Wikipedia striving for balance on divisive issues

JERUSALEM (JTA) – From January’s war in Gaza to Holocaust denial, the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia has become a battlefield over history. Yet Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says the online, ever-evolving encyclopedia, which is authored by volunteer contributors around the world, ultimately is able to forge balanced entries even when it comes to even the most contentious issues.

Features

Book Review: A dysfunctional family sits shiva

While some people love spending time with relatives, others dread family gatherings. After reading Jonathan Tropper’s funny and moving “This Is Where I Leave You” (Dutton), it’s not hard to understand why Tropper’s narrator, Judd Foxman, belongs to the latter category.

Difficult subjects cause aversion to “Adam Resurrected”

Holocaust films are never meant to be easy to watch. They illustrate graphic brutality and often fruitless struggle. They dispense an ineluctable warning about mankind’s limitless capacity for inhumanity.

Opinion

What Israelis need to know about intermarriage in North America

(JTA) – In the wake of the recent Masa “Lost Jews” controversy, reports that Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky believes that Israeli Jews need to understand Jewish life in the Diaspora better are welcome.

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