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  • Temple Beth-El, the largest synagogue in Tompkins County, has appointed Rabbi Caleb Brommer, a recent graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as its new rabbi, and Calle Schueler as the synagogue’s new director of education and engagement, both effective July 1. Brommer will fill a vacancy at Temple Beth-El since its former rabbi accepted another position in 2023.

    “Rabbi Brommer is a young, traditionally trained rabbi who is forward-thinking and passionate about Judaism,...

  • By Elliot Zenilman, Tara Kaminsky, Rhiannon Foster, Maren Nasar and Alex Kaminsky

    This year at Hillel Academy, many things were business as usual, but behind the scenes, there was a completely new Board of Directors of mostly new parents, so in some ways we were “under new management.” We relished the opportunity to do things in a new way with fresh eyes as well as continuing with some long standing traditions and always striving for the best. We, the Board of Trustees of Hillel Academy ...

  • Beth David Synagogue will host a luncheon and speaker on Saturday, August 10. The community is invited to attend. Morning services will begin at 9:30 am, followed by the luncheon and talk at approximately 11:45 am. The luncheon is free and open to all. Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider will speak on “What the Jewish People have Learned since October 7.” 

    Goldscheider serves as the chief editor of the OU Israel’s weekly “Torah Tidbits,” is the coordinator of rabbinical and leadership traini...

  • By Reporter staff

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a vigil/program on Thursday, August 8, at 7 pm, at Temple Israel, 4737 Deerfield Pl., Vestal. The event will start with a vigil featuring area rabbis and the reading of the names of the hostages, and then conclude with a one-hour long presentation by Eitan and Varda Morell, whose son, IDF Staff Sgt. Maoz Morell, was wounded on February 15 while fighting in Gaza and died on February 19 at the age of 22. If the hostages ar...

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  • Vigil for Hostages and Morell Presentation

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a vigil/program on Thursday, August 8, at 7 pm, at Temple Israel, Vestal. The event will start with a vigil featuring area rabbis and then conclude with a presentation by Eitan and Varda Morell whose son, Moaz died from wounds sustained while fighting in Gaza.

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    I’m not particularly interested in the British royal family. Since most of their actions have no impact on my life, I rarely read about them. (And, no, I did not watch a...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Joan Leegant will speak at the Campaign 2025 Federation Super Sunday Brunch on Sunday, September 8. For more information about the event and an interview of Leegant, see f...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    It was the title that caught my eye: “The Punk Rock Queen of the Jews: A Memoir” (She Writes Press). The author’s name, Rossi (just Rossi), didn’t seem familiar. H...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Judaism is about law, while Christianity is about love. Rabbi Shai Held sees this statement as not only anti-Jewish propaganda, but completely mistaken. His purpose in wri...

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