The Temple Israel/Temple Concord Adult Education Group will present the virtual program “Select Jewish Shorts” on Sunday, January 17, at 10:30 am. The program will be dramatic readings of select Jewish short stories. Members of Temple Israel and Temple Concord will receive the Zoom link in e-mails sent out by their synagogues. Anyone who does not receive those bulletins and wants to join the program should either contact Temple Israel at email@example.com or Temple Concord at TempleConcordbinghamton@gmail.com.
Ben Kasper, professor emeritus at SUNY Broome, who serves on the Executive Board of Temple Israel and is co-chairman of the Adult Education Committee, will read one of the short stories. Kasper’s selection is from a collection titled “Scribblers on The Roof: Contemporary American Jewish Fiction.”
Steve Gilbert, professor emeritus of psychology at SUNY Oneonta, who is past president of Temple Israel, is co-chairman of the Adult Education Committee. He has selected a short story from Philip Roth’s book “Goodbye Columbus.” The book, along with the five short stories, received the National Book Award in 1960.
The feature presentation of the morning will also be a short story from Roth read by Andy Horowitz. Horowitz is a graduate of Binghamton University who also has an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. Horowitz is the artistic director of Galumpha Dance Company. He is on the faculty at Binghamton University, lectures on entrepreneurship, and offers choreographic workshops at schools and conservatories on a global stage.
Horowitz is the co-winner of the Edinburgh Festival’s Critics Choice Award and the Moers International Comedy Arts prize. He was the 2017 recipient of the Broome County Heart of the Arts award. He played the leading role in the dramatic reading of the play “My Name is Asher Lev,” which was performed at Temple Israel in June 2018.