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  • By Reporter staff

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton sponsored a two-hour virtual tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp for the sophomore class at Susquehanna Valley High School on April 29. The tour was part of the Federation’s security outreach, which seeks to educate the local community about Judaism, antisemitism and the Holocaust. The class also read “Night” by Elie Wiesel. The tour sought to enhance students’ understanding of the Holocaust. Approximately 100 student...

  • By Reporter staff

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a Security Tabletop event on Tuesday, May 21. All local Jewish organizations have been invited to send leadership to represent their institution. “This event will be by invitation only,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “It is open to organizations affiliated with the Jewish Federation and their public safety partners. Due to space considerations, only one or two people will be invited from...

  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton is collecting information for its 2023-24 calendar. Dates for meetings, events and communitywide celebrations are due by Friday, May 31, and should be e-mailed to Executive Director Shelley Hubal at The Federation will collate the dates and make certain there are no conflicts. 
    “Sima Auerbach, former Federation director, started coordinating the community calendar many years ago,” said Hubal. “We are a small, but active com...

  • 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

    I have a music rotation on Youtube that I listen to while I’m working. For most people, that wouldn’t sound like anything special, but as someone who couldn’t listen...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    In one of the Christian stories of Jesus, Herod the Great (73-4 B.C.E.) is portrayed as a monster: he’s said to have ordered the death of innocent children in order to k...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Whether to impose strict interpretations of biblical laws or create loopholes to ease Jewish life so the population would not discard those laws as too onerous: that summa...

  • By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

    Once upon a time, romance novels focused on bringing two people together in married bliss with the action usually stopping either just before or after the wedding. Few fea...





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