Rabbi Zev Silber

39 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905

Tel. Office: (607) 722-1793  Cell: (607) 761-7098

E-mail: bethdavid@stny.rr.com

Office Hours:

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.