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Purim fun for the younger generation

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

As the pandemic continues, many group Purim events have been cancelled or scaled back. That doesn’t mean fun activities aren’t available. My favorite is, of course, reading a picture book that includes touches adults will also enjoy. Then there are websites that…

On the silver screen: Second yahrzeit: Searching for Izzy, Part II

By Bill Simons

Two photos of the adolescent Izzy Demsky reflect very different takes on his coming of age in Amsterdam, NY. In one, Izzy’s smiling mother, Bryna, pulls him close, their heads and shoulders touching. The mother’s loving embrace appears protective while the son seems with…

Jewish Online Resources 2/25/22

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. 

Qesher will hold several talks in March: “Bukharian Jews: At the Crossroads of …

Jewish Online Resources 2/11/22

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 Yiddish Book Center will hold the virtual talks: “Translating Yiddish Women…

On the silver screen: Second yahrzeit: Searching for Izzy, part I

By Bill Simons

Although the death certificate states that Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020, at age 103, his films, writings, family, charities, struggle to synthesize Jewish and American identities, military service and controversies continue to resonate. As his second yahrzeit approa…