Keane to lead Film Fest discussion on PTSD on Jan. 7

By Reporter staff

Terence M. Keane will lead the virtual discussion about the Greater Binghamton Jewish Film Fest documentary “The Narrow Bridge” on Sunday, January 7, at 6 pm. For more information about the film and how to register, see "Film Fest to hold virtual showing of 'The Narrow…

Off the Shelf: Two mysteries and a thriller

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“The Last Songbird”

Some mysteries grab you from their opening lines. One example is “The Last Songbird” by Daniel Weizmann (Melville House), a gritty, alcohol- and drug-soaked noir that manages to be completely engaging. Its main character, 37-year-old Add…

Off the Shelf: Changes in religious thought and practice

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Is the flow of history inevitable? At various points in time, the development of Judaism could have taken several radically different paths. It can be difficult to grasp these changes because what were once extremely different approaches to religious practice and t…

Jewish Baseball Players: Jewish baseball roundup 2023, part I

By Bills Simons

For Jewish baseball fans and players, Israel framed the 2023 baseball season. Jewish baseball began on March 12 when Team Israel and Team Nicaragua met in the first round of the World Baseball Classic in LoanDepot Park, home of MLB’s Miami Marlins, before a crowd of nearl…

Why this rabbi led an 18-hour trip to Israel in the middle of a war

By Rabbi Levi Slonim

“Rabbi, how was the trip?”

No matter how many times I have been asked this question since I returned from our 18-hour trip to Israel, I continue to struggle with how to respond.

I struggle because I can’t quite find the right words to properly respond to this qu…