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In My Own Words: The misuse of the law of return by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The establishment of the state of Israel created a safe haven for Jews across the world. Now, if Jews were expelled from a country where they and their ancestors had lived for centuries, there was a home to welcome them. No longer were we subject to the whims of other nations for a place to …

Rising Song Musical Brunch

A bagel, a cup of coffee and the opportunity to build community through song and fund-raising. These are just some of the elements of a special day the Federation is planning. We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 29, we will be hosting Rebekka Goldsmith of The Rising Song Institu…

In My Own Words: The state of The Reporter by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Some of you may be aware that The Reporter Group will no longer be publishing two of our sister newspapers. Beginning in March, we will only have two papers: our weekly Binghamton paper and our sister paper in Scranton, PA, both of which are called The Reporter. Finding advertising has been …

In My Own Words: Scams and conspiracies by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“This is the Social Security Administration. We’re sorry to inform you that your Social Security number has been suspended....” Click to delete: that was my response to several messages left on my answering machine this week. I’m sure by the time this appears in the paper, I’ll hav…

Stolpersteine Project

Have you heard of the Stolpersteine Project?  Stolpersteine translates to stumbling stone.  It is a project that was first conceived by artist Gunter Demnig in Cologne, Germany, in 1992.  The goal of this project is to remember the victims of the Holocaust by installing small brass ston…