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September 15, 2021

I am sending this week’s Bulletin early so that I can wish all of you G'mar Chatima Tova moments before Yom Kippur begins. I spoke to my sister earlier today and she offered that this year the world should apologize to us. It has been a very tough year for us losing our brother and I know exactly how she feels.

Next week (on the Jewish calendar) is the birthday she and my brother always shared - our first without him. In a strange way, heading into Yom Kippur, I am better prepared because grief is like a warm up for it. I have had many days this year when internally I felt the same way I usually feel on this day. As we all pause for a little more than 24 hours tonight, I hope we all find what is most meaningful for each of us. I hope we come out stronger as individuals and as a collective.

I share with you a meaningful prayer and song featuring many people from our Afula-Gilboa region. Hanoch Albalak, who leads the singers, lived in Beit Hasheetah (near where the prison break occurred last week) and is a true force in this performance of the extraordinary Givatron choir. A couple of months ago I visited my good friend Yonish - a member of the last group from the region to visit New Bedford before Covid. His wife, Ronnie, was there. Ronnie is a singer in the Givatron and is of course on stage in this video. If you’ve ever attended a Yom Kippur service you will have no trouble with the words, but if you do and need inspiration in English there’s always Leornard Cohen’s Who by Fire.

Greetings From Our Friends - Sent For Our Annual Meeting

Annual meeting greetings from New Bedford friend Ed Asner

Annual meeting greetings from Israeli
journalist and New Bedford friend
Tal Schneider
Annual meeting greetings from
New Bedford friend David Broza

Annual meeting greetings from
New Bedford friend Nancy Spielberg

Annual meeting greetings from our
Partnership team in Afula Israel

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