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  • By Reporter staff

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a Countering Active Threat Training and a “Stop the Bleed” program on Sunday, June 9, at Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta, beginning at 10 am. Mark Henderson, Secure Community Network regional advisor, will lead the programs. Henderson has been coordinating security trainings with help from the Secure Community Network, the national Homeland Security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and t...

  • 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...

  • Hillel Academy of Broome County will hold its annual journal event on Thursday, September 12, in the evening (time TBA), at Temple Israel. This year’s Theodore Sommer Community Service Award honorees are Fred and Sandra Weitsman. The A. M. Pierson Award honorees are Dan and Malvinia Sambursky. 

    Tickets and ad sales are underway, and the entire community is invited and encouraged to attend. To buy tickets for the event or place an ad in the journal, contact the Hillel office at frontoffice...

  • 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

    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 Bill Simons

    “In every generation, each Jew should regard himself as though he too were brought out of Egypt. Not our fathers alone, but us also, did the Holy One redeem; for not alone in Egyp...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Antisemitism and Jesus. Yes, I know some of you are shaking your heads, but a question about that connection was recently raised in Congress. (More on that in the next par...

  • 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...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    There’s been a backlash against Israeli authors recently, everything from leaving negative reviews on websites because the authors are considered Zionists to the cancell...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    The essence of some novels is open to debate. Even when readers learn about the character from several viewpoints, there are questions that may never be fully answered. To...





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