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Jewish Online Resources 7/30/21

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

Ritualwell will hold the virtual class “Aligning Ourselves for the New Year” …

A Rainy Night in Pomona with Israel's Olympic Baseball Team

By Bill Simons

The Doppler radar weather map predicted a night of heavy rain and possible flash flooding. Nonetheless, several thousand people came to Palisades Credit Union Park, located in Pomona, a small village in Rockland County, NY, about 32 miles north of Manhattan. 

Pomona didn’…

Small-Town Judaism: Fleischmanns, NY, Part I

By Bill Simons

Fleischmanns, NY, sits in the Western Catskills, approximately 100 miles from Binghamton. Metropolitan areas dominate the demographics of American Judaism, but for more than 125 years, Fleischmanns, with a population of about 350, has reflected Jewry’s small-town presence. …

Off The Shelf: Memoir, Poetry, and a Woman Rabbi

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I wracked my brain to come up with an opening that would tie together the three books in this review, but had no luck. You may be asking, “Then why did she decide to review them together?” Well, they were next on my to-read pile and didn’t fit with other revie…

Off The Shelf: Finding and Creating Families

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The exploration of family relationships – the families we are born into and the ones we create on our own – forms the basis of three recent novels. Each shows how those relationships form the core of our lives, even while noting how every family has its unique c…