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On the jewish food scene: Tomatoes and cucumbers by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My family performed a community service every year. Rather than planting our own garden, we offered to take the extra produce from our neighbors. Many times, people harvested far more food than they could eat. (Think about people trying to give away their excess zucchini. In fact, Google Mar…

Jenni Bank new artistic advisor for Tri-Cities Opera

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Jenni Bank, the daughter of Barbara and Les Bank of Binghamton, has been named the new artistic director of the Tri-Cities Opera. Bank, a mezzo-soprano, played the role of Mrs. Lovett in the opera’s 2016 version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.”

Her dec…

The metamorphosis of nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn into the Notorious RBG

By Bill Simons 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 87, died on the eve of the Jewish New Year 5781. Like many others, I learned of her passing from my rabbi during the erev Rosh Hashanah service. Many Jews found significance in the timing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ginsburg’s death. Rabbi …

Sid Luckman: Joe Kaplan’s great Jewish quarterback by Bill Simons

By Bill Simons

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the reality of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, football remains an American juggernaut. With the now venerable Tom Brady intent on burnishing his legacy, fans are once again debating who is the greatest quarterback of all-time. Back in the …

Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 22

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educational and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

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