HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
TRIBUTE – 8 p.m. One of Nations top Eagles tribute band ‘The Eagles Experience’ presents evening of Eagles greatest hits & fun. General Admission, $20. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
George Hirschfeld Joins Temple Beth El
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Rabbi George Hirschfeld’s path to Otsego County was hardly a direct one.
The new spiritual leader of Temple Beth El, which serves both Oneonta and Cooperstown, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, the same year the Soviet Union installed a Communist regime there.
Hirschfeld’s parents, who survived the Holocaust but lost nearly all of their family members in it, tried to leave for Israel, but they were caught at the border. Hirschfeld’s father was put in jail for five months and his mother for two. Hirschfeld, an infant, was in the cell with her.
“I was a jailbird,” he joked.