The Bulletin

1. We live in a 24/7/365 world.
As Jews we are commanded to observe Shabbat (in other words be 24/6).
I'll be honest, I'm not 24/6.
But this week as we prepare for Yom Kippur, I am very much 364 and on this holiest of days I do turn everything off.
I want to wish everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur.
May You Be Inscribed In The Book Of Life.
2. A Romp Through Jewish History & Culture

Have you heard the buzz? The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia is out and sure to be a topic of conversation at a dinner table or coffee shop near you. A guide to all things Jewish (and Jew-ish) brought to you by the Unorthodox podcast team at Tablet Magazine, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia gets some hype and a listen here. Check it out. If you buy the book, write a review and we'll share it here. You can probably get a signed copy from one of the authors who will be in Boston on October 25 at the Arts Matter Shabbat. Details here.
3. A Man with an Agenda and a Platform

It's easy to forget that The Twilight Zone (yes, it's been a while) played at more than just entertainment. For those looking for it, there was a deeper message from Rod Serling. Covering Serling's life and work, the Forward's "How Rod Serling Fought Injustice - and Nazis - on The Twilight Zone" is interesting. "Soured by those experiences, Serling turned his attention to allegory couched in genre tropes and Kafkaesque scenarios. Though, the night before The Twilight Zone premiered, he told Mike Wallace on The Mike Wallace Interview, that the series 'doesn't use scripts as vehicles of social criticism,' the creator was surely being coy."
The Obsolete Man (BEST)
The Obsolete Man (BEST)
4. Nosh On

Transitioning out of the Day of Atonement - and back to sustenance - provides welcome food for thought prior to the holiday and perhaps (I won't tell) during. Fasting over 25 hours is no easy feat.

There are the predictable and more than acceptable options. Exhibit 1:

But there is more if you are willing to plan in advance. From Nosher, there is a Yom Kippur Break-Fast Menu, including Philly sushi rolls coasted in everything bagel seasoning, and a Yerushalmi Kugel with pepper as a featured if unexpected ingredient in this sweet treat. Old School gets new in Herring in Mustard Sour Cream on Rye Bread.

5. Scene from the Region
Starting this week (and as often as I can) I will include a scene or anecdote from the Afula-Gilboa region in Israel. This week's spot is Afula's Great Synagogue, a piece of history that among other things demonstrates the partnership between Afula-Gilboa and southern New England.
The Afula and Gilboa region lands were purchased back in the 1920s by Yehoshua Hankin. The purchase was funded by the Jewish community of eastern Connecticut. In the '50s, a family from New Haven donated the sign for the great synagogue and it is still there. The inscription: "Donated by Ozer and Frances Batt from New Haven- USA. In memory of their parents, grandfather and grandmother, 1954."
The Partnership was established only 40 years later, but the connections are much older. Values and shared responsibility for Jewish peoplehood are at the core of what we do and who we are.
Back then the challenges were to create a state and build its institutions. Today, we work on strengthening relationships and focusing on a wide spectrum of Jewish identity programs.

 Sunday, October 13, 2:00 PM
Connecticut Lyric Opera's production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, an opera by Jewish composer Viktor Ulmann and librettist Peter Kien who collaborated while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. They were later sent to their deaths at Auschwitz.
Jackson Arts Center, BCC
Reception immediately following in the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, 3:45-4:30 PM
Support levels: $25 student, $50 individual, $100 sponsor, $200 benefactor

Wednesday, October 16, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch lecture: "Racial Prophylaxis: Jim Crow and Nazi Race Laws"
Dr. Kathleen Pearle, dean of Division of Social Science and Education, Bristol College

Wednesday, October 16
2:00 PM - Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth
6:00 PM Charlton College of Business Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth
Nataly Kogan, a Soviet-Jewish refugee and "happiness expert," is the Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence Lecture speaker. She is the author of Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Event the Difficult Ones).
Admission is free, but registration is required at lawrence-lecture-2019.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, October 23, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch lecture: "The Armenian Genocide and the German Connection"
Manya Bark, independent Holocaust scholar and instructor at the Second Half Institute of Fall River

Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch lecture: "Preserving Czech-Jewish History: Honorable Friendship During the Holocaust"
Dr. Ilana Offenberger, professor of Holocaust History, UMass Dartmouth


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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