A Joint Statement from the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton and Jewish Family Service


March 17, 2020

To the Binghamton Jewish Community,


As we are living through this challenging time, with COVID-19 as a threat to our way of life, we here at The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service want to let you all know that we care and are here for you.  It has never been more important to remember that we are part of a community and that kol yisrael aravim zeh ba zeh (all Jews are responsible for each other).


Community events and weekly services are being cancelled, causing isolation.  There are greater financial and job stressors.  Health concerns are dictating our daily activities.  Although our offices at the Jewish Community Center are closed to the community, we encourage you to call or email us if you are in need or know of someone who is.  Jewish Family Service has set aside some funding to aid in financial relief for those in need.


Our mission is to support and sustain the Binghamton Jewish community.  In the coming weeks we will be reaching out to community members and organizations to see where we can be of service. Your well-being and safety is our top priority. God willing, we will be together again soon.


We thank all the caring donors who support the work we do.  Please be smart, stay safe and follow the government’s guidelines that are set out for us all. 


Wishing you good health, peace and safety.


Shelley Hubal, Jewish Federation Executive Director

Suzanne Holwitt, Jewish Federation President

Rose Shea, Jewish Family Service Director

Rita Bleier, Chair- Jewish Family Service Committee

Office phone:  607-724-2332


Updated March 16, 2020


  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton has cancelled the kick-off brunch for the Chesed Challenge that was to take place on March 29. The Chesed Challenge is still taking place. For more information, see the article on this page.


  • Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel announced that they are limiting face-to-face gatherings. That means there will be no services or programming held until future notice. Some meetings, services and classes will be available online or by phone. For specific information, contact the synagogues by phone or e-mail.  Contact Information


  • The Jewish Community Center announced that for the immediate future all classes and meetings have been cancelled. The pool and the Fitness Center are also closed until further notice. For childcare, call the JCC at 724-2417 for more information.


  • THE REPORTER's trivia fund-raiser that was to have been held on March 19 has been postponed. See future issues of THE REPORTER for more information about a new date.


  • The lecture by Professor Elissa Sampson of Cornell University that was to be held at Binghamton University on Thursday, March 26, has been postponed until the fall.


  • The March 31 meeting of the Book Club at Temple Concord has been canceled. A decision about the April 21 meeting will be made closer to the meeting. If the club meets on May 5, it will hold a Book Club "double header" since the March 31 historical novel, "The Room on Rue Amelie" by Kristin Harmel, and the May 5 historical novel, "The Wartime Sisters" by Lynda Cohen Loigman, take place during World War II.


  • Temple Concord Sisterhood announced that the program featuring Frugal Fani has been cancelled. The Sisterhood is researching methods to bring Frugal Fani's message to the community at a later date.


  • The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community's Annual Campaign kickoff party scheduled for Sunday, March 29, has been cancelled. The IAUJC hopes to reschedule the event at a later date.



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