Miscellaneous Features

Off the Shelf: Sacred reading

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman


One of my favorite moments in literature occurs in the first chapter of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. Jane is sitting in a window seat, drawing the curtain closed and reading a book. Something about that moment of comfort and safety stayed with me. Even b…

Jewish Online Resources 9/10/2021

By Reporter staff


A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold several virtual classes this fal…

Once again, the perennial High Holiday dilemma

By Bill Simons

It is mid-afternoon on a mellow September day in the mid-1950s. Several young men of high school age play ball at Kiley Field in Lynn, MA. Members (alephs) of the local chapter of AZA, a Jewish fraternal group, they are taking a break from a long day of synagogue prayer. Nei…

On the Jewish Food Scene: Jews and Chinese food

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman


When I was growing up, there was only one Chinese restaurant in Broome County. I don’t remember anything about it except it was located on the Vestal Parkway, which in those days was a fairly long trip from Endwell. On the other hand, I do have fond memories o…

Teens, in the present day and times past

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Contemporary America 
What does that word mean? What are those initials for? And that game, how do you play it? Those were some of my thoughts when reading two recent novels that take place in contemporary America. Fortunately, an internet search answered my quest…