Federation virtual gathering offered “comfort and strength”

By Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton’s virtual gathering “Strengthening Ourselves, Strengthening Each Other,” which was held on June 15, was attended by 45 households. The event included readings, words of Torah and music by community leaders, local rabbis and musicians. 

“The Binghamton Jewish community once again proved that it has a big heart,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “This event was truly meaningful. Everyone was welcomed.”

Hubal noted this type of program speaks to one of the Federation’s most important missions, which is also one of her favorites. “One of my favorite things to do as executive director of the Federation is to create opportunities for our Jewish community to gather and take refuge under the umbrella of our faith,” she added. “This program did that.”

After the completion of the program, some people noted that they had not realized how much they needed to gather as a community, even if only by virtual means. Others spoke of the healing nature of the event. In addition, people mentioned that gathering with others gave them comfort and strength.