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  • By Reporter staff

    The Reporter won two 2024 American Jewish Press Club Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. Bill Simons took first place in Excellence in Writing about Food and Wine for his two-part series “Immersive research in Jewish deli culture.” Arieh Ullmann took second place for Excellence in Writing about Jewish Heritage and Jewish Peoplehood in Europe for his “Soccer memories of Zurich.” 

    “We are so pleased that both writers won awards,” said Rabb...

  • Temple Israel will honor Rabbi Micah Friedman with an installation weekend of celebration and community from Friday-Sunday, June 28-30. The events will blend worship, scholarship and festivities, The featured guest will be one of Friedman’s teachers, Rabbi Shoshana (Shani) Rosenbaum, co-director of the Beit Midrash of Hebrew College, the Boston-based graduate school training that seeks to inspire Jewish leaders through deep and pluralistic Jewish learning. June marks the end of Friedman’s...

  • The Jewish Community Center will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 20, from 6:45-9 pm. All JCC members, friends and supporters are welcome to attend. The event is free to the community. Anyone planning on attending is requested to call the JCC office to make a reservation at 607-724-2417.

    The evening will begin with a dessert buffet prepared by chef Victor Torres from 6:45-7:30 pm. From 7:30-8:30 pm, there will be a series of awards presentations honoring those individuals who went a...

  • By Reporter staff

    The Jewish Federation of Broome County, in conjunction with the PJ Library, and Hillel Academy of Broome County will hold a Shabbat in the Park event on Friday, June 28, at 10:30 am, at Arnold Park, Andrews Road, Vestal. 

    The event is open to all families with young children. It will include Shabbat refreshments, music and storytelling. The children will also have the opportunity to use the park’s playground. RSVPs can be made by visiting this link or e-mailing director...


  • Shabbat in the Park

    Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton/PJ Library and Hillel Academy
    Friday, June 28 at 10:30 am
    Arnold Park, Vestal
    Free event for young families.

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Two trials

    After learning former President Donald Trump was found guilty of felony charges of falsifying business records, unlike many of my friends, I didn’t rejoice i...

  • By Bill Simons

    It is Sunday, May 5 – 27 Nisan 5784 on the Hebrew calendar – and I am at Temple Emanu-El, located at 1 East 65th St., on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to observe Yom Hashoah...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Zionism is defined as “an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious communit...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Tikva Frymer-Kensky was an amazing biblical scholar, best known for her work “Reading the Women of the Bible: A New Interpretation of Their Stories,” which won a Natio...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Sometimes knowing the plot details of a novel isn’t enough to give you a true understanding of the work. For example, if a reviewer says a book includes descriptions of ...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    *Images are pages from Leela Corman’s “Victory Parade” (Graphic credit to Leela Corman/Reprinted with the permission of Schocken Books).

    Some experiences can per...





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