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The Bulletin


It's Everywhere
 

It is tempting to mention (yet again) that in Ilhan Omar we have a blatant anti-Semite, one with no remorse or intention of changing. I hope those few (in the Jewish community) who still advocate for forgiveness will join those in the Democratic Party who have realized that and are starting to work on sanctioning her. I hope those voices remain strong and that her term ends up being the two-year accident that it has been so far and nothing more.

But this week even the hateful Omar plays second fiddle to the Belgian city of Aalst. On Sunday, a float in the city's annual carnival parade featured figures of men wearing shtreimels (hats like the kind worn by Orthodox Jews), crooked noses and even a rat on a shoulder - the kind of caricatures that would have made the 1939 issues of Der Stürmer. The city's mayor, Christoph D'Haese, said he didn't think Vismooil'n (the group behind this ) had "offensive intentions." I urge you to read JTA's Cnaan Lipshiz on this latest expression of anti-Semitism in Europe.  
 
And if one wants to look beyond hatred of Jews consider this: One of the floats in the parade was by a group called Forza Witkap that dressed in white gowns and pointy hoods. The float design was of a brewery with a poster that read "Superior White Beer."
A Few Miles Away in Amsterdam
 
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that. So goes one of football's (real football played worldwide, not the kind played by hand mostly for concussion purposes) greatest quotes.  
 
Based in Amsterdam, one of the world's most successful clubs - Ajax - has for years been the source of great players who went on to star on many teams in many countries. Their most famous player, Johan Cruyff, is debatably the best ever and his impact on the game has been second to none.

The stadium where Ajax plays was named after him after he died. The team (you guessed it) is also known as "a Jewish team." "The club's Jewish links often led to anti-Semitic abuse from rival supporters. To counter that, a section of fans began to fight back by calling themselves 'Super Jews,' adopting the Israeli flag as a symbol and wearing the Star of David. Like those who follow English club Tottenham Hotspur, this was seen as a response toward rival fans who used anti-Semitism to attack the Ajax support," write James Masters and Sean Coppack for CNN sports.

Speaking to the subject of anti-Semitism in Benelux Union countries, I find
"Jews to the gas: The anti-Semitism shaming Dutch soccer" to be an interesting and unusual view and hope you read it. Let me know what you think.
A Lesson Not Yet Learned

Far from Amsterdam in Newport Beach, CA, high school students posted pictures of the group giving Nazi salutes over a swastika made of Red Solo Cups as part of a drinking game. Weeks after a similarly shocking event in Wisconsin, we are reminded just how much educating there is left to do.  
 
As part of that long road and never-ending process of educating young Americans, Reuters reports that Auschwitz survivor and stepsister of Amsterdam's most famous teenager Ann Frank will meet with the teens. Eva Schloss, 89, said she hoped the students can become advocates of tolerance and understanding.
A Worthy Production

Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain took in over 10,000 mostly Jewish refugee children from Europe. The rescue effort was known as Kindertransport. Separated from their families and fostered out to British homes, most of the children never saw their parents again.

Diane Samuels' extraordinary play is about this emergency immigration and its effect over time on generations. Based on real accounts, centering on the experience of one child, Eva, Kindertransport tells a powerful story of survival. Read more about the play in this Herald-News article.

Or, better yet, attend. The Federation proudly made a contribution in support of this project.

Show times: March 14- 17 and 21- 24.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all performances except the 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Your Theatre, Inc. Playhouse, 136 Rivet St., New Bedford (St. Martin's Episcopal Church)
Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for senior citizens, students, and military personnel.
For further information call Your Theatre, Inc. at 508-993-0772, or send an email to info@yourtheatre.org.
Not Your Bubbe's Table

Let's be honest. Traditional Jewish foods can be, well, a little flat. Brisket and matzo ball soup and even (yes) gefilte fish, while good, are not exactly sexy eating. So when a Jewish blogger who happens be a culinary school-trained chef shakes thing up, she gets my attention and respect. 

Check out Amy Kritzer's site whatjewwannaeat.com when you're looking for inspiration for the next holiday or whenever. Not content to just cook and blog about her beach life in Puerto Rico, Kritzer also answers the age-old question "Should Jewish Gifts Be as Cool as Jewish People?" at her other site, moderntribe.com.

Here's a sampling of the blogger's unique take on Jewish foods for you to bite into: Jewish Guacamole, BBQ Chicken Latke Sliders and Shakshuka Hamantaschen. She had me at eggs.


Highlight of the Week - Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth

The Federation not only supports the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth with a financial allocation, we also often partner with the Center to bring Jewish educational and cultural programming to the region. Thank you to Rabbi Jackie Satlow for her good work on campus and in the community.

The Center's Judaica collection housed in the UMD's Claire T. Carney Library includes the Center for Jewish Culture Archives.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
  
 
Thursday, April 4, 4:00 PM
Speaker Carolyn Enger, concert pianist and director of the multimedia program Mischlinge Exposé 
Jackson Art Center, H-209/210, Bristol Community College
 
 
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 
 
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Shabbat 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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