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The Bulletin
10.14.21
1.No Way Around This - Hate Is Hate
Dave Chappelle is a racist.

His latest Netflix special, The Closer, can’t be dismissed as anything but an example of hate and racism. I don’t think The Closer was even meant to be funny; instead he was going for shocking. While he aims more of his hate towards people who are LGBTQ than he does towards Jews, one cannot escape the fact that he did start with "Space Jews" before moving on to offend others.

Equally, if not more, appalling to me is the fact that the CEO of Netflix continues to not only defend Chappelle but double down on his initial defense - even when it is clear he is already ‘"in a hole" and might want to stop digging.

In case you haven't heard about the controversial joke, here it is:
“In my movie idea, we find out that these aliens are originally from earth - that they’re from an ancient civilization that achieved interstellar travel and left the earth thousands of years ago,” Chappelle says. “Some other planet they go to, and things go terrible for them on the other planet, so they come back to earth, [and] decide that they want to claim the earth for their very own. It’s a pretty good plotline, huh? I call it ‘Space Jews.'”

The news about targeting Jews, while prominent in Jewish media and Jewish circles, has taken a back seat in mainstream news outlets to the others targeted. While that may be because he spends a lot more time making fun of others, it must not be brushed aside. There is no room for this hate, no matter how desperate one may be for rating, fame or money.

I heard many say that he will eventually apologize, but personally I have no such hope. How does hearing about "Space Jews” make you feel? Please write to me. Read more about it here.
2.Way Past When I'm 64
After flying on Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket, becoming the oldest man ever to leave Earth, William Shatner, the 90-year-old Jewish actor who taught many to dream of the stars, teared up over his "unbelievable’ trip."
 
"The Star Trek hero and three fellow passengers hurtled to an estimated 66 miles (106 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes. 'You have done something,' an exhilarated Shatner told Bezos as he emerged from the capsule, the words spilling from him in a torrent. 'What you have given me is the most profound experience.'"

Read the full story in this Times of Israel piece.
3.Being Jewish in 2021
"It was a revelatory week for at least two Jewish artists who, improbably, were taken by complete surprise. This was the predicament in which Jewish-American comedian Sarah Silverman and German-Jewish singer Gil Ofarim found themselves.
 
“Ofarim was standing in line, checking in to the Westin Hotel in Leipzig, Germany, when he realized that everyone behind him was being called to the front desk while he waited for over an hour. Finally, he stepped out, approached the desk and questioned why he was being ignored. Two staffers replied, 'pack in your star,' referring to his visible Star of David, and he would then be welcome as a guest at the hotel. Later, on Instagram, holding back tears he said, 'Really? Germany in 2021.'"
 
Thane Rosenbaum a novelist, essayist, and law professor has that and a lot more to say in "Why Jewish Artists and Entertainers Should Never Be the Last to Knowpublished in the Jewish Journal.
 
"Silverman, speaking seriously on her podcast, registered genuine shock that the members of the Squad, whom she adores and regards as 'kick-ass,' never have a negative word to say about the terrorist group Hamas. Worse still, the four crusading sisters of the antisemitic left were among only nine House members who opposed America replenishing Israel’s arsenal of Iron Dome.”
 
I am considering spending Hanukkah in Leipzig this year and may just be tempted to light Hanukkah candles in the Westin’s lobby. Anyone want to join me?
4.Another Book I Don't Plan to Read
After first saying her latest book will not be translated to Hebrew, writer Sally Rooney backtracked a little and said she has nothing against the Hebrew language and it is Israel she has a problem with (my summary). I had no problem skipping her first two books and just because they sold well doesn’t mean her political views require much attention. A 30-year-old who supports the Palestinian cause is hardly news. I do, however, want to remind anyone interested in this minimal controversy that we are the people of the Book. We were before Rooney and will be long after she is gone. And if anyone is seeking a recommendation of a good book to read in Hebrew don’t hesitate to reach out because I have many suggestions.
 
5.You Had Me at Shalom
Salem, Massachusetts, was founded by Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Ann in 1626. The settlement was first titled Naumkeag, but the settlers preferred to call it Salem, derived from the Hebrew word for peace - shalom.

The more you know. Or maybe you already did?
(Because, October.)
6.Popcorn, Please
Missing the movies? Check out these two by Israeli women filmmakers. Both are available for virtual screening and the second might be a reason to make a day trip to Martha's Vineyard. Thank you, Consulate General of Israel to New England, for sharing.

If you'd like to play film critic and write a review, we'll publish here.
7.It's a Cake!
Anyone who has ever watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding will recall the hilarious scene when Maria Portokalos is introduced to the iconic cake with a hole that has Jewish roots.

Through a family member, who worked in the local food industry, two industrious women set up a meeting with the founder of Nordic Ware and asked him to create a pan similar to one used in Europe. The pans, the women suggested, would find an audience among Hadassah women hankering for a taste of home. Using one of the women's mother’s kugelhopf pan as a model, Nordic Ware created an aluminum version—making it lighter and more economical—and added ridges on the base, guaranteeing an even slice. Thus the Bundt pan was born.

Check out the the full story (and find the recipe that goes with the picture) in Moment Magazine's article
For Your Calendar
Thursday, October 28, 4:00 PM Online (Zoom)
The Armenian Genocide
Lecture and discussion by Pauline Getzoyan, editor of the Rhode Island Armenian Newsletter
Bristol Community College Holocaust & Genocide Center

Sunday - Thursday, November 14-18, Any time, Online
Screen the film Passage to Sweden online for free
Bristol Community College Holocaust & Genocide Center

Thursday, November 18, 4:00 PM Online (Zoom)
Join documentarian and producer Susannah Warlick to discuss her award-winning film Passage to Sweden
Bristol Community College Holocaust & Genocide Center
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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