The Temple Israel/Temple Concord Adult Education Group will present the virtual program “Select Jewish Shorts” on Sunday, June 14, at 10:30 am. The program will be dramatic readings of select Jewish short stories. Members of Temple Concord and Temple Israel 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 can either contact Temple Israel at firstname.lastname@example.org 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,” edited by Melvin Jules Bukiet and David G. Roskies.
Steve Gilbert, professor emeritus of psychology at SUNY Oneonta, who is past president of Temple Israel and is co-chairman of the Adult Education Committee, will read an original short story.
The feature offering of the morning will be a Jewish short story read by Andy Horowitz; his presentation, “The Doctor and the Rabbi,” will be taken from a volume of essays by Aimee Bender called “The Color Master.” Horowitz is a graduate of Binghamton University who also holds an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. He is the artistic director of Galumpha Dance Company; he 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, the Moers International Comedy Arts prize, and was the 2007 recipient of the Broome County Heart of the Arts award. He is an artist-in-residence of Binghamton University’s Department of Theatre. He played the leading role in a dramatic reading of the play “My Name is Asher Lev,” which was performed at Temple Israel in June 2018.