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By Reporter staff

Editor’s note: The first “Jewish resources to occupy your family during social distancing” article appeared in the March 27, 2020, issue of The Reporter. At that time, we thought it would be a temporary series. However, it’s become clear that even after the pandemi…

Kirk Douglas redux, Part III: Integrating American and Jewish identities

By Bill Simons

The quest to integrate American and Jewish identities pervaded the personal and professional life of Kirk Douglas. “Cast a Giant Shadow” (1966) represents Douglas’ most ambitious cinematic exploration of the relationship between this dualism. In the film, Douglas portra…

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 …