Issue 49

Friday, December 9, 2011

Local News

Community invited to celebrate Chanukah at the JCC

This year’s community Chanukah celebration, which will be open to the entire community, will be held on the third night of Chanukah, Thursday, December 22, from 5:30-7 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Operation Brotherhood seeks volunteers for Christmas day charity effort

Operation Brotherhood, a volunteer endeavor organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, was developed to assist charitable organizations with their work, allowing them to give their staff time off on the holiday.

Nominations sought for 2012 JCC Sports Hall of Famer

Nominations are currently being sought to honor an individual for the 2012 JCC Athletic Hall of Fame. The nomination period runs from now through Sunday, January 15, with an induction being held in the spring.

Israel News

Israeli tackle football league attracting natives, newcomers

JERUSALEM (JTA) – It’s a cold Thursday night in Jerusalem and by the looks of it, you’d think there was a meeting of the United Nations under way. Men are carrying on in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Russian and French, but they’re not talking peace. They’re here to settle the score – literally.

National News

Jewish resurgence in Detroit led by young Jews

DETROIT (JTA) – Blair Nosan grew up in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, attended the University of Michigan and then, like thousands of other young Jews from the beleaguered state, moved away.


Artist evokes childhood memories with Chanukah stamp

People have been collecting stamps for centuries. Once a pastime of the wealthy (who had both the leisure and the disposable funds), it is now enjoyed by individuals of every circumstance.

Book Review: The joys and trials of being a parent

Jewish comic strip fans rejoice! There’s a new strip in town. If you’re not lucky enough for Terri Libenson’s "The Pajama Diaries" to appear in your local newspaper, then grab a copy of her first collection, "The Pajama Diaries: Déjà To-Do" (TJ Studios). Libenson manages to not only make vivid the daily life her harried, working mom faces, but find the humor in difficult and embarrassing situations.


A wonderful reunion – this band of brothers

Recently my husband Stan and I attended his City College of New York reunion with graduates in attendance dating back to the class of 1941.


Frying high: Keeping known, lesser-known culinary traditions

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Latkes and sufganiyot, the jelly-filled doughnuts especially popular in Israel, are well-known Chanukah fare made with oil to signify the holiday tale. Lesser known is the tradition of cheese and the story of Judith.

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