The Bulletin

1. Moon Shot

As I send this week's Bulletin (3:00 PM on Thursday like always) the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, or Genesis, is on its final approach to the moon. After a big election Tuesday, the country has moved on to Beresheet mania. JTA provides the details in "Israelis are fired up to see their Beresheet spacecraft land on the moon."

Landing board at Ben Gurion Airport right now.  
Between Istanbul and Madrid. Priceless.
A successful landing will make Israel only the fourth country  (after the United States, China and the Soviet Union) to land a spacecraft on the moon. I grew up with a pic of Neil Armstrong on the moon on my bedroom wall. It is still on the wall in my father's house and in the same room. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."  - Indeed.

2. Fool Them Once, Twice or Four Times

Bibi Netanyahu will be Israel's prime minister for the next four years. After serving for 13 years - including the past 10 straight - Bibi will be the only one capable of building a coalition (despite an impressive showing from Blue and White that managed the same number of seats, but lack the political partners to achieve a majority in the Knesset). Tablet's Liel Leibovitz gives us "What Americans Need to Understand About Israel's Election Results."

It seems possible (to me) that unless any of several corruption charges against Netanyahu stick and end this hegemony, we'll be writing the same story four years from now.
3. A Sing-Along Near You

Celebrate Israel with Koolulam Trailer
Celebrate Israel with Koolulam Trailer

Koolulam, the world-famous singing sensation from Israel, is coming to Boston for its first U.S. tour. Read all about this dynamic group in Jewish Boston's "In Honor of Israel, Let's Make Music History in Boston."
4. No Score

It was great to get this ESPN bulletin this morning and realize that Israel has finally set a record in soccer. Seventy-three-year-old Isaak Hayik, playing for Or Yehuda against Maccabi Ramat Gan in the Israeli fourth-tier, became the oldest player ever to play in a professional match. Despite an impressive display he conceded five and the team lost 5:1. Since Hayik is a few days short of 74 he may have another record in him if he plays after his coming birthday. Regardless, he has shattered the record previously held by a 53-year-old Uruguayan. Check out this video on your way to practice.
5. An Israeli Talent

Meet Moran Atias, another Israeli with a flair for the dramatic. Currently starring in NBC's The Village, in which she plays an Iranian immigrant, Atias has also appeared in Tyrant, Crash, 24: Legacy and The Resident and the films The Next Three Days and Third Person.

The granddaughter of a rabbi, Atias grew up in a Conservative home. "I love being Jewish," she says, "I think it's one of the most beautiful things in our culture, people coming together and blessing the wine and bread and what we have. I'm hosting 18 people for Shabbat tonight, trying to continue the tradition."

Cast of The Village
Moran Atias

6. Who Is Albert Garih?

At age 6, Albert Garih and his two sisters were placed at a Catholic boarding school to evade the Nazis. They were separated by gender, so Albert only saw his sisters in church on Sunday.

Want to hear more about this child survivor's story? Join us for the annual Yom HaShoah observance on Sunday, May 5, 6:15 at the Holocaust Memorial in Buttonwood Park, followed by a 7:00 PM talk by Mr. Garih, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum speaker.

First Person with Albert Garih, May 10 2018
First Person with Albert Garih, May 10 2018

7. Scholarship Applications Available

Children and grandchildren of Federation members are invited to apply for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate programs from teh Federation adn New Bedford section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

To request an application write to office@jewishnewbedford.org or call (508) 997-7471.
Friday, April 12, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Conference on Women and the Holocaust featuring keynote speaker Sheri Sandler, managing director of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda and workshop leader of Echoes and Reflection, a resource center for the teaching of the Holocaust
Jackson Art Center, Bristol Community College  
Wednesday, May 1, 4:00 PM 
Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture by author Louise Borden 
Stories from World War II: The True Escape of Curious George and Raoul Wallenberg, Rescuer in the Holocaust
UMass Dartmouth, Carlton College of Business, Room 149  
Sunday, May 5, 6:15 PM
Annual Yom HaShoah Observance
6:15 PM Holocaust Memorial, Buttonwood Park
7:00 PM Tifereth Israel Congregation Main Sanctuary
Guest speaker: Albert Garih, child survivor 

Shabbat Shalom,


The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at amir@jewishnewbedford.org.

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