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The Bulletin
07.15.21
1.Annual Meeting - Tuesday, July 20th @ 7:00 PM
Our rescheduled annual meeting is on Tuesday with J.J. Goldberg, the Forward editor emeritus and long-time senior commentator, as the featured speaker. A former US correspondent for the Jerusalem Report and the London Jewish Chronicle, Goldberg was also secretary general at Kibbutz Gezer, a sharpshooter with Israeli border police civil guard and (yes) a New York City cab driver (easily the coolest).
 
Unpacking post-Netanyahu Israel and post-Trump America is a topic I can think of no one more perfect for and I hope many of you (not just our board members who are required to) will join me on Tuesday. When you do please use this link and passcode 749353. 
2.Solar-Eclipsed
Cannabis dispensary Solar just up the road in Somerset used Borat’s image (pictured) and now actor Sasha Baron Cohen, an Orthodox Jew, is seeking a total of $9 million in damages. Don't mess with the dude from Kazakhstan would be my advice on April 20th or any other day.
 
"Not only is he 'highly protective' of his image, he also doesn’t believe cannabis use is a healthy choice," we learn in The Hollywood Reporter. The sign is off, the court date very much on. 
3.Koufax Has Company
Jacob Steinmetz, a 17-year old Orthodox Jew from Long Island, was the 77th overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday. And now, in what has become a doubly historic Major League Baseball draft, the Washington Nationals selected Elie Kligman (an Orthodox Jew as well) in the 20th round.  

4.Walking on Water
"The Sea of Galilee, also known as Kinneret, is many things to many kinds of visitors. To Christian pilgrims coming from all over the globe, it’s a holy site where miracles took place. It’s also a camping mecca for outdoorsy Israelis, and home to the city of Tiberias, where campy, old-school hotels still welcome subsidized team-building work trips. But a luxury destination where you’d queue up to sip wine at a boutique hotel? Until recently, not quite. Things are changing, however, and rapidly so," reports Tablet Magazine in "Turning the Sea of Galilee Into a Luxury Destination."

"The common thread uniting the new openings is opulence that targets high-end clientele in a way that’s unusual for Tiberias—a city whose socioeconomic status is lower than the national average." One observer notes that developers are aiming for a “Tel Avivian”-flair.

When the pandemic is but a memory, maybe this ancient city will make it onto your bucket list of places to visit. In the meantime, the video below provides a feel for what the area has to offer.
5.When in Tiberias
For full immersion, why not explore the food traditions and history in "The Lost Taste of Tiberias"? The ancient Israeli city’s distinctive culinary heritage draws from Arabic, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi traditions.

"Tiberias was a walled city, and settlement was allowed only within the walls. As the population grew, living conditions became more and more cramped. Jews, Muslims, and Christians, almost all of them poor, lived in close proximity, often sharing the same courtyards and even the same roofs. This intimate coexistence, harmonious for most of the time, led to creation of a unique culinary subculture that fused local Arabic and Jewish Sephardic dishes, and even absorbed some Ashkenazi influences."

The dish most associated with Tiberian cuisine? Calzones. (You read that right.) Apparently some Italian Jews migrated east in the 15th century and this is their legacy. Boiled or baked, these calzones are more similar to ravioli than the inverted pizza we find in Italian restaurants here. All good by me.
6.Holes in One
Five of Boston's best bagels might be worth the schlep. Kara Baskin, writing (and taste testing) for JewishBoston recommends Bagelsaurus, Be Okay Bagels, One Mighty Mill, Rosenfeld's Bagels and Turenne Bagels.

There are more bagels in Beantown, of course. If you have a favorite you'd like to let us know about, please email me and I'll share here.
For Your Calendar
Sunday, August 15, 7:30 PM
Jacqueline Saper's captivating story about life before, during and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Sunday, September 26, 8:00 PM
Ron Blomberg, the first-ever designated hitter in baseball history, answers questions about his historic career as a ball player and his journey since as a Jew, including coaching in the Israel Baseball League in "Slugger in the Sukkah: The Designated Hebrew Dishes About His Years Playing Baseball and His Life as a Jew."
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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