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The enigmatic Moe Berg: Jewish baseball catcher and wartime spy

By Bill Simons

On Monday, January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, setting in motion a trajectory that would soon enable him to declare a national emergency and seize dictatorial powers. In his book “Mein Kampf,” Hitler had previously identified his objectives…

Honoring biblical women with food by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

On the Jewish food scene: Honoring biblical women with food by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I graduated from college and was given a monetary gift and told to buy something for my new, non-student apartment, I, of course, chose books. In the years before the Internet, some books were vital. …

Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing – part 15

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. 

  • The American-Israel Fr…

Antisemitism from “The Twilight Zone”: Rod Serling’s “He’s Alive”

By Bill Simons

Rod Serling is perhaps the most famous and significant writer to hail from Binghamton, as well as its most prolific. Recently, Lawrence Kassan, director of special projects for the Binghamton City School District, demonstrated this in an interesting and informative Zoom progr…

On the Jewish food scene: Neither meat nor milk, sort of

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“What’s this par-va thing,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. That question came from the mother of a non-Jewish friend. She’d just learned she was allergic to milk and her doctor told her to look for the kosher symbol with the word pareve next t…