Issue 14

Friday, April 4, 2014

Local News

Second annual International Jewish Film Fest of Greater Binghamton to be held March 30-April 10

The second annual International Jewish Film Fest of Greater Binghamton will be held from March 30-April 10. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton. Five films will be shown this year; prior to each screening, there will be an award-winning student short film courtesy of the Rod Serling Video Festival. For more information, visit the Film Fest’s website,

Hillel Academy donation supports PJ Library

This year, Hillel Academy of Broome County is aiding the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton in its efforts to introduce children to Jewish literature by directing a donation to cover the expenses for The PJ Library: Jewish Bedtime Stories and Songs for Families program. Any family in Broome County that joins the program will receive a free subscription. The PJ Library sends free Jewish books and CDs to children between the ages of 6 months-8 years. Hillel Academy will also host PJ Library reading events to help publicize the program, and provide an opportunity for the community to participate in reading Jewish books to their children.

Sixth Annual Literacy Day to be held April 11

The Binghamton Jewish Community Center will once again partner with WSKG to present Literacy Day on Friday, April 11, at 1:15 pm, to local children and families. “Literacy Day is a celebration of all of the ways we, as an early childhood center, prepare our children with not only the skill of reading, but also inspire a love of reading,” said Marlene Schwartz Patrick, director of the Early Childhood Center at the JCC.

Israel News

News in brief

Olmert convicted for taking bribes in Holyland scandal; Dempsey: Instability in region creates opportunity for Israeli-Arab alliances; Four arrested for selling ancient Jewish burial boxes

International News

In Bucharest, a Jewish theater struggles to cheat death once more

BUCHAREST, Romania (JTA) – When secret police opened fire on protesters near her home, Maia Morgenstern headed for the Jewish State Theater. It was 1989 and Morgenstern, then 27, and a few of her friends took refuge in the theater as protesters outside clashed with forces loyal to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.


BU’s Danon has personal connection to Sephardic studies

A family connection sparked Dina Danon’s interest in Sephardic studies: her paternal grandmother spoke Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish dialect. When she was young, the assistant professor in the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University “thought it was cool that my grandmother spoke a different language” and loved listening to Ladino folktales. However, it was only during her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania that Danon really became excited about studying history.

Book Review: Jews and blacks, America and South Africa

The relationship between Jews and blacks is a long and complex one. In the United States, Jews fought on both sides of the Civil War. In South Africa, while many Jews opposed the apartheid system, some were more than willing to benefit from the privilege their white status afforded them. To complicate matters, Jews have been discriminated against in both countries – although the nature of that discrimination varied over time. Two recent novels – one set in each country – focus on the first half of the 20th century, long before the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid movements began. “Marching to Zion” by Mary Glickman (Open Road Integrated Media) is fundamentally a love story set in Midwestern America, while the National Jewish Book Award winner for outstanding debut fiction, “The Lion Seeker” by Kenneth Bonert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), explores a wider range of themes in South Africa.


Outlook on life

The day didn’t start out well: I woke up with another headache and upset stomach, the fourth in seven days. Then the detour I made on the way to work ended up being a bust: the gas pump wouldn’t accept my discount card, so I paid more than I would have at my regular gas station. My mood wasn’t helped by the fact that it was freezing again and more snow was predicted later that week. Then, when driving over the flyover, I suddenly noticed the sky – how the white, fluffy clouds looked so beautiful against the bright blue.


Revel in chocolate desserts resonating with Passover themes

(JTA) – Toss the potato starch and matzah meal – serve delectable desserts this Passover made from chocolate. These desserts, especially if using fair trade or organic chocolate, further awareness of the themes of Passover. They remind us of the poverty of many cacao farmers and of the children enslaved in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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