The Bulletin

1. To BDS or Not to BDS
Why now and how is it different?  
Eric Alterman is smart, nonpartisan, possesses a healthy amount of cynicism, and crucially knows the facts. As a result (for me) BDS concerns can drop another notch further down on the list of things to worry about (and BDS was never near the top to begin with).   
So please read his New York Times July 29th op-ed which was published following the House's 398-17 vote to support a bill denouncing BDS for "principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation" vis-à-vis Israel.  
Do I still hope the 17 who voted nay lose their seats in the next election? Sure. Yet "BDS has become a purity test of sorts for progressives in certain corners of American society - a defining part of what it means to be woke. I see it every day, in my triple role as a college professor, columnist for a left-liberal magazine and father of a college-age daughter who gives me regular reports about her school's 'Israel Apartheid Day.' From all three, I get a regular earful about the importance of BDS - but I've learned over time that actually boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel could not be further from most anyone's mind, either as a threat or a goal. Like vegetarian diets and carbon-neutral living, it has become something that is vital to espouse, but much less important to explain, let alone carry out."
2. This One I Have an Opinion About

Tablet writer Carly Pildis is an optimist and clever in proposing an itinerary for  Ilhan Omar's trip to Israel, suggesting it could help the hateful member of congress (see, my opinion) see a few things that might change or touch her heart. I'm not sure that is possible (my opinion again).
I have no doubt that despite the fact that Israel and Netanyahu can decide whether Omar and Rashida Tlaib can even enter Israel, they will not deny an American member of Congress entry no matter what some say.

3. #I'm Jewish

 "Columnist Ariel Sobel, who has written before about online harassment of Jewish women, urged her thousands of followers to avoid typing out the phrase 'I'm Jewish' on Twitter. She had discovered that white supremacists were using the phrase 'I'm Jewish' to compile a digital archive of Jewish targets. After she uncovered the anti-Semitic initiative, which is being carried out by the 'European Man Archives Project,' a flood of supporters and well-wishers replied with Tweets including that phrase. Jewish Twitter-users expressed their Jewish pride, and non-Jewish allies posted the phrase in order to confuse and disrupt the white supremacists' data collection."

4. Rhodeslis Remembers

There is an interesting look at Rhodes in Moment Magazine's piece - "Marking 75 Years Since the Jewish Deportation." This Mediterranean island where Jews once thrived is a favorite vacation spot for Israelis today.
"Among the maze of streets is the area still known as 'la Juderia,' the Jewish Quarter, once a thriving Jewish community. But a community that existed in the old town for 2,300 years was nearly wiped out in a single day: July 23, 1944," writes Sherri Moshman Paganos.

5. Bon Temps for Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi returned to Israel, BDS be damned, and he didn't just perform but also made time to meet with an Israeli fan battling cancer, breaking a longtime policy of no fan meet and greets. Robert Kraft knows how to pick his friends.

Bon Jovi talking about his love for the
Bon Jovi talking about his love for the "incredible" people of Israel before performing We Don't Run

6. Here's to You

Leonard Cohen invented this cocktail and so it must stand the test of time, right? In 1975, he came up with the Red Needle - a mixture of tequila, cranberry juice, lemon and ice. Classic.

Interested in all things Cohen? Then you should check out the Jewish Museum's exhibit Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything featuring large-scale, immersive works by artists who have been inspired by Cohen, a video projection showcasing Cohen's own drawings, and a multimedia gallery where visitors can listen to covers of Cohen's songs through September 8th.

Brandon Goldberg, 13-year-old Jewish jazz prodigy
Newport Jazz Festival 
Saturday, August 3, 1:30 - 2:20 PM

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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