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

Upcoming Events:

Sisterhood Purim Meeting March 11.

For information about Purim click on “Forthcoming Events and Simches”! The Purim edition of Chailine is available!

Beth David’s Shabbat Luncheon March 14 speaker Professor Steven Englund will discuss “Napoleon and the Jewish Question’: A Study in Ambiguity.” The case of Napoleon’s Jewish policy has been much debated, whether he did a good thing in continuing Jewish emancipation (1791) and ‘organizing’ the consistory system, or whether he did a bad thing in forcefully removing Alsatian Jews from money lending, their ‘ancient’ profession. We know Napoleon, the man, had a low opinion of Jews, but on the other hand, later in the 19th century, the French antisemites claimed Napoleon had been a Jewish ‘creature’ because he preserved Jewish emancipation and organized the community. It is interesting to play with the concept of ambiguity, and not rush to judgment, one way or the other. Doing so is not always satisfying, but it may be closer to the truth.

Steven Englund’s Napoleon, A Political Life, was published in the U.S. in 2004 and a translated edition in France in 2005. The American edition won the prize for The Best Book in French History, from the American Historical Association (2005); the French edition won Le Grand Prix de la Fondation Napoleon.

Beth David Luncheon Speaker Series takes place the second Shabbat of the month after morning services and is open to the community. You are also invited to join us earlier upstairs for services that start around 9:30am. 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.