The Bulletin

1. Pay It Forward

In the movie It Could Happen to You, the cop (Nicholas Cage) and the waitress (Bridget Fonda) win the lottery and share their new wealth with New Yorkers by paying for everyone's subway ride. I was thinking about that scene this week when former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (now back in politics) went for a similar sentiment buying falafel for everyone at The Magician, a well-known Tel Aviv falafel spot. Barak was ridiculing rival Netanyahu (under several investigations), claiming Bibi pays for nothing and has had Israel foot his every bill for more than a decade.

"Take the credit card out and pay, it's as simple as that," he said. In his funny (I think) approach, Barak forgot to hide the credit card numbers and had to replace the original card with a new one when sharp-eyed viewers shared the digits. In a published statement he used that gaffe to poke fun at Netanyahu again, saying it is time Israel had a prime minister who has a credit card.

The free tokens scene in It Could Happen to You (at 1:30 in the movie trailer below):

It Could Happen to You 1994 Movie Trailer (Bridget Fonda, Nicolas Cage, Rosie Perez)
It Could Happen to You 1994 Movie Trailer (Bridget Fonda, Nicolas Cage, Rosie Perez)

2. A New York State of (Hate) Crime

Hate crimes against Jews are hardly news anymore, but when Jews are routinely being attacked even on the streets of New York City and no one is acting like it's a big deal? That says something and it's not good.
Armin Rosen, writing for Tablet, goes deep and in the end is left with more questions than answers. "Indeed, it is a fact that Orthodox Jews in New York have always faced a level of harassment and physical danger largely unacknowledged by both their fellow New Yorkers and many of their fellow Jews," he writes.
3. Can Too Much Love Be a Bad Thing?

JTA's Andrew Silow-Carroll is likely to get your attention in "Donald Trump and the perils of loving Israel just a little too much." He did mine. "Under any other president, in perhaps any other era, this lashing together of Jewish and Israel interests would have been seen by the Jewish mainstream as hugely validating. But events happening outside of the summit have some saying 'Be careful what you wish for'."

On the same topic, The Washington Post gives us: "Why does President Trump Keep dragging Jews into his attacks?"  "But roping Israel into his rant wasn't random; it was Trump's intended endgame from the get-go, and just the latest reminder for Jews that our concerns - and our existence - have been reduced to a rhetorical tool in a larger political battle," writes Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of the Forward in the Post.

4. Yet Another Hollywood and the Jews Piece

For your viewing pleasure, here are the 2019 Jewish Emmy nominees (more than a few).

5. Pink and Fierce

I was seated at an L.A. hotel lounge a couple of years ago when Alecia Moore, known as Pink,  was scaling the walls 50 feet up in the air while her baby and nanny were seated at the next table watching mom. There were 3,000 Jews in the hotel for the Jewish Federation's General Assembly. Pink, who identifies as Jewish, probably had no idea. She was not only badass that day.
Social media is rife with trolls who seemingly exist to bring others down with hurtful words.  Pink has been known for shutting down the criticism with biting comments of her own. She is fierce when standing behind her parenting choices and who doesn't respect a woman of conviction?

When she recently shared a picture of her children running through the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, the response was fast and not all positive. Pink defended her kids running in the Holocaust Memorial and it seems its creator would have no problem with that either.

Peter Eisenman, the architect who designed the memorial, has called the site "an everyday occurrence," rather than "sacred ground." "(There) are no dead people under my memorial," he said. "My idea was to allow as many people of different generations, in their own ways, to deal or not to deal with being in that place. And if they want to lark around I think that's fine."
6. If You Grill It, He Will Come (I Sure Would)

The temps are expected to soar this weekend. While it could be argued that it will be too hot to cook at all, there is the counter-argument that one must eat. How about a compromise? Grill it.

When I read the words Sumac Steak Salad with Everything Bagel Vinaigrette I knew this was the recipe for me. Heck, forget about two great tastes that great together - here I share with you three. You're welcome.

7. Book for a Beach or a Rainy Day

Jewish Boston took a few moments to talk with writer Angela Himsel about her "luminous memoir about finding Judaism."  It traces the author's journey from one of eleven children, growing up in rural Indiana as part of an apocalyptic, doomsday Christian sect led by a white supremacist to a Modern Orthodox Jewish woman living on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Himsel will be at the Jewish Festival of Books 2019 in the Berkshires, today through Sunday,  where she will be in conversation with writer Tova Mirvis (who visited our community earlier this year) and Judith Rosenbaum.
Through July 31
Art of Summer 2019 Judith Klein Art Gallery
127 West Rodney French Blvd., Door #31, New Bedford


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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