12.
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2019

The Bulletin


1. Corbyn and the Anti-Semites
(Not the Name of a Rock 'n' Roll Band)
 
If you read this Bulletin you probably know that as US politicians go, Ilhan Omar tops the list of haters and anti-Semites. In the UK that title belongs to one Jeremy Corbyn. Turns out that a single brave British Jew, Jonathan Friedman, decided to have a word with Corbyn while traveling on the same train. He wrote about the experience in the Forward. 
 
And if the train story isn't enough for you, the Jewish Chronicle of London reported that Labour's recent video about supporting minority groups doesn't even mention Jews. A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies said: "This video gets to the heart of Labour's problems with the Jewish community. The Jewish community is 'erased' as a minority group worthy of their support. The plea for Labour to recognize and then tackle the racism facing our community is met only with contempt."
2. Island Samba

When I finished my military service (oh so many years ago) I worked for a few months cleaning houses and tutoring middle schoolers to save money to travel. Destination? Brazil. Easily my favorite part of Brazil was Bahia and it seems like the magical region remains high on people's list. No surprise here.

"There's an invasion of Israelis in the summer," said the president of the Jewish Federation in the Brazilian state of Bahia. He estimates that some 5,000 Israeli tourists will visit Morro (population less than 4,000) between December and the Carnival holidays in late February. "The large majority are youths who have just finished the army and need to have a good rest and just relax," Kertzman said. "There is no better place than Morro."

Settled in 1535, Morro de Sao Paulo - or St. Paul's Hill - is one of five villages on Tinhare, one of 26 islands in an archipelago just off Brazil's Atlantic coast. The once sleepy fishing village first drew hippies and backpackers in the 1970s and became a trendy destination in the 1980s.

After you learn why Israelis feel at home on this remote Brazilian island, you can start making your own travel arrangements. I may just have to get back.


3. For (Her)Story's Sake

Here's a good one from the Jewish Women's Archive. There's a new app designed to help capture Jewish women's daily lives.

Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of JWA, noted that Story Aperture was a natural next step for an organization that democratizes history. "So many of the ways women work and contribute and experience things don't happen in the public limelight of what has been traditionally important," she told JewishBoston. "We wanted to make sure we were capturing stories of ordinary people. [Recording these oral histories] helps to remember the moments of daily life as part of the ways that people make history. History is not always a society-changing moment; history is created every day people build families and communities."

About Story Aperture
About Story Aperture

4. Hava Bat Mitzvah

Let me first say that I'm not a big Tiffany Haddish fan. Her recent Bat Mitzvah and Hava Nagilah performance on Fallon are impressive milestones though. (She clearly has no idea what she is singing, but who cares.) And at a time when too many are throwing stones (and bullets) at our tribe, I want to say welcome. While at it I'll thank my friend Susan Silverman (formerly of Massachusetts - now of Jerusalem) for officiating the Bat Mitzvah.
 
Tiffany Haddish Is Ready to Celebrate Her Jewish Heritage with  
Tiffany Haddish Is Ready to Celebrate Her Jewish Heritage with "Hava Nagila"

5. Game Over

Game Of Thrones star Carice van Houten, the Dutch actress who portrayed Melisandre in the show, canceled a television appearance in Belgium. Van Houten pulled out of the panel of the talk show The Appointment after learning it would host Christoph D'Haese, the mayor of Aalst, who has insisted on the legitimacy of caricaturing Jews at his city's iconic annual carnival. I agree with van Houten. This is NOT okay. Thank you for standing up for what is right. More in Haaretz. 
6. One of the People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom's career as a writer has been very successful (robust book sales and countless awards outweigh one fake news scandal). Turns out he's a decent human being too. "When we talk about tikkun olam, repairing the world, we don't distinguish  Jewish causes . . . We include Jewish causes, and we include causes that may not necessarily be of the same faith, but they're of the same city or the same country. We're trying to do that with SAY Detroit." And so Brown Bag Popcorn gives 100% of profits to his charity SAY Detroithelping the homeless of all ages in Albom's adopted (he was born in New Jersey) home city. 

It may not be local, but it surely is a good cause. For Chanukah this year, they'll also be offering a special caramel popcorn that's drizzled with blue and white chocolate ("The 8 Pops Of Chanukah"). Brown Bag Popcorn guarantees that orders placed before December 11 will be delivered in time for Chanukah. Check it out at brownbagpopcorn.com. I say big like.


7. In the Presence of Great Dishes

"If you're part of a Jewish family in the U.S., there's a decent chance you grew up in the vicinity of a Joan Nathan cookbook. Her many books, like Jewish Cooking in America, have been staples of the American Jewish experience for decades," we read in JTA. Nathan, 76, will be honored December 2nd at a gala dinner for the Museum of the Jewish People.

To mark the occasion, the author shared Joan Nathan's 15 favorite Jewish foods. Any guesses as to what made the list? How about pletzel rolls with caramelized onions and poppy seeds, apricot rugelach and chicken soup with matzah balls to name only a few. Most are standard fare; some surprise.


8. Scene from the Region: Haifa Rape Crisis Center

Your support of SNEC and the region allows the Afula branch of Haifa Rape Crisis Center (HRCC) to exist and effect change in the lives of hundreds of people in Afula-Gilboa.
 
The Afula branch works 24/7, raising awareness of sexual violence and how to prevent it as well as encouraging youth and adult survivors of sexual abuse to contact HRCC for support and consultation. In addition, the project facilitates an outreach educational and training program within the Valley's educational, health, social services and criminal justice systems in both Arab and Jewish communities.  
 
Dalia, a mother of a sexual violence survivor said, "Thanks to my participation in the support group at Afula HRCC, I got tools to support my daughter. These meetings encouraged me to start a personal treatment at HRCC, to deal with the sexual abuse I suffered in the past."
 
Your support helps HRCC heal various circles and generations in the Afula-Gilboa region. It is special because it is the only rape crisis center in the northern district located out of Haifa, making it accessible for people who wouldn't or couldn't otherwise get help.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR


A New Bedford High School Drama Club Production
December 6th and 7th, 7:00 PM
December 8th, 2:00 PM
NBHS Bronspiegel Auditorium, 230 Hathaway Boulevard
Tickets available at the door:
$10.00 students/seniors; $12 general admission

Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is adapted from the book Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner. This is the heart-wrenching story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany over five years, seven Nazi labor camps and over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret letters for over fifty years, concealing her painful history in a box.    
 
 
Wednesday, December 8, 4:30 - 10:00 PM
Celebrate with free admission.  


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B'Shalom,

Amir

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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