The Bulletin

1. It's in the Book

Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover is the one celebrated the most. And because it is mostly celebrated at home, it is the one that is perhaps the most personal in style. Families have traditions and rules, songs we sing and the ones we don't. We have long-version Seders and shorter ones and a wide variety of foods we eat (all in the shadow of the Chametz we don't).

The uniqueness of Passover as a DIY at-home holiday has translated into a wide range of Hagaddahs too. Some go back hundreds of years, others are new. There is even a Trump Hagaddah. Each is unique in style, but since they tell the same story, they have over hundreds of years become a bit of a documented history.  JTA's Josefin Dolstein takes us on a journey of Jewish history with four Haggadahs, each with its own visual adaptation to demonstrate that history.

As we all sit down for Seder with our friends, our families and our stories with the Hagaddahs we always use (or the ones we scramble to have enough copies of), Dayenu to those of you celebrating over one night or over two.
Chag Sameach to all. Let's celebrate! And since most of us are likely to eat too much, perhaps we go for a walk or maybe even a run the next day. It's SPRING.
2. Ahead of Her Visit to Our Community

On June 2nd author Francine Klagsbrun visits our community as the featured guest for this year's Ziskind Memorial Lecture at Tifereth Israel. While her recent book Lioness about Golda Meir has made most of the headlines in recent months, it was her column last week in The New York Jewish Week that caught my eye.

"The Imperative for an American Jewish Zionism" on the opinion page is not where her columns (usually about literature and culture) always appear, but when I read it I thought she made the space her own.

"Much has been written about the growing chasm between Israeli and American Jewish, as Israel has moved to the right religiously and politically and American Jews have remained, for the most part, in the liberal camp. But now outside forces threaten both sides," Klagsbrun writes.
3. Something Fishy Here

I like Mexican food. More than a little. So it's no stretch for me to take the Seder south of the border for Passover. You may feel differently. You may have a lifelong passion for the transformative powers of gefilte fish. Respect to you. But if you are at all open to shaking things up this year, I suggest checking out Joan Nathan's recipe for Mexican Salmon Ceviche.

Bonus: You can impress guests with your foodie knowledge.

"Ceviche is one of the oldest preparations of 'cooking' fish in lime juice - first learned in ancient Persia, probably with lemon. Escabeche, another way of preparing fish - first marinating it in vinegar, and then frying it - is a distinctly Jewish notion that preceded ceviche. Jews who came to Mexico with Columbus and afterward brought the notion of escabeche with them, changing the vinegar to lime juice and adding the distinctly Mexican avocado, serrano chilies, tomatoes, and lots of fresh cilantro and oregano to the dish," shares Nathan.
4. 2 for Seder

Set the table for family and friends, then add two more place settings. 2 for Seder is an initiative established to memorialize Joyce Fienberg, a victim of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, by her daughter-in-law.

The idea for the new initiative came to Marnie Fienberg when she was writing an article about Passover for Hadassah magazine in the aftermath of the shootings. The notion is straightforward: Invite two people who have never attended a Seder to your Seder with the intention of "building bridges and pushing back on anti-Semitism with love and matzah."

Read more about the new program here.
5. Let Them Eat Matzo

Chances are you've shopped and prepped already. You have your seder game face on and a to-do list in hand. But I'll bet you don't have anything like this matzo mezze for Passover brunch planned. It's not too late to turn over a new matzo and win friends and influence relatives with this simple-yet-wow meal.

Flavors of  . . .
Eggplant Jam-Feta-Balsamic Fig Reduction
Smoked Salmon Mousse, Smoked Salmon, Salmon Roe and Avocado
Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip
. . . entice.
6. Albert Garih to Speak at Annual Yom HaShoah Observance

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  
Sunday, June 2, 7:30 PM
Rabbi Bernard H. and Minna Ziskind Memorial Lecture
Speaker Francine Klagsbrun, author of more than a dozen books, including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce. She was the editor of the best-selling Free to Be . . .  You and Me and is a regular columnist for The Jewish Week and on the editorial board of Hadassah magazine. 

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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