Rabbi Zev Silber
39 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905
Tel. Office: (607) 722-1793 Cell: (607) 761-7098
Tuesday and Friday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Closed Monday & Wednesday
Beth David’s January 11, Luncheon Speaker will feature Roberta Borger who will contextualize the history of Jewish presence in Brazil. A Brazilian citizen and resident of Sao Paulo, she will also share her personal experiences growing up Jewish in a country known for its mixture of cultures, traditions, and influences. What was it like growing up Jewish in Brazil, where Jewish roots trace back to the 16th century? Has integration always been peaceful? Has assimilation become one of the biggest threats to Judaism? And now, with the newly-elected far-right president, has the perception of Judaism changed? These are a few of the questions that Borger will address in her talk. “I have always loved studying about religions, Borger says. “It’s a passion inherited from my great-grandfather, a rabbi, and my grandfather, a historian.”
Born and raised in São Paulo, Roberta Borger was an active member of its Jewish community. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. Among her publications are poems and short-stories that have appeared in The Acentos Review, The Brooklyn Voice, Lux, and On the Rusk.
Beth David Luncheon Speaker Series takes place the second Shabbat of the month after morning services, and is open to the community. There is no charge for the luncheon, but Beth David welcomes donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going; they can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905 Attention: Luncheon Fund.