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On the Jewish food scene: The Great Matzah Ball Debate

by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

For the first time ever, I bought a matzah ball soup mix. Although I used to help my mom make them, I’ve never done it on my own before. Plus, because of health restrictions, I usually avoid mixes like these because they can be filled with additives and preservati…

Theater that engages the head and the heart

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Shirley Serotsky, who was recently named the artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, wants to produce “relevant, riveting and joyful theatrical experiences.” She certainly has a great deal of experience as shown by her more than two decades of work in…

Exploring mysticism through poetry

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Martin Bidney claims that he retooled, rather than retired, when he became professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at Binghamton University. After years of teaching literature, he decided to write his own, particularly poetry. His inspiration comes …

Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing –part 33

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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On the silver screen: The cinematic lives of Kirk Douglas, Part II: Was...

On the silver screen: The cinematic lives of Kirk Douglas, Part II: Was Spartacus Jewish?

By Bill Simons

The classic 1990s television dramedy “Northern Exposure” found humor in a young, nerdy Jewish doctor, Joel Fleischman, paying off his medical school debts by taking a position in a …