From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford []

Sent:                               Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:01 PM


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The Bulletin




1.A Big Bang 5781

I confess to falling for this one on account of her celebrity and the fact that her name means water which I always loved. That said, I want to formally announce that the Jewish Holidays are coming so let's get ready.


Rosh Hashanah with Mayim Bialik | You Know How I Know?



2.Jewish Holiday Prep - Part II

Mayim set us up for Rosh Hashana, but that’s the easy one. Yom Kippur immediately follows. Our holiest day of the year - a day of atonement, teshuva and repentance - is possibly where Jewish guilt was born.


Dara Kutrz, writing for Moment Magazine, however, wants to move forward without it.


"It was really my youngest daughter, Avi, a 17-year-old, strong-willed individual, who helped me see the level of guilt that had been my lifelong companion. 


"We were having a heated conversation about something she wanted to do versus something I did not want her to do. 'Avi,' I said, 'I wish you wouldn’t do that; I’m really going to be disappointed.' She turned to me, paused, and then said these words, 'Sometimes, I have to do things I believe are correct, even if you don’t. You might want to think about this. What are you not doing because you don’t want to disappoint someone?'


"There it was. Exposed." Kaboom! Read the full piece here: "Jewish Guilt: I Am Done Passing It from One Generation to the Next".


Meanwhile Joshua Halberstam protests "The Myth of Jewish Guilt" in The Forward: "Yet the commonplace canard about Jewish guilt insists on lingering, in print, in conversation and as the stand-up comic’s standby. More important, those who invoke the stereotype insist that it reflects a genuine Jewish affliction. This is nonsense. Worse, it is pernicious nonsense. What this persistence does reflect is the ongoing bleeding of serious Judaism into kitsch Judaism. So, herein, a plea to close the hospice door and let these exhausted clichés fade into their goodnight."


And while we are on humorous clichés (let’s face it, starting next week it gets serious) enjoy (or hate) this clip about Jewish guilt from The Hebrew Hammer, where Adam Goldberg as Mordechai Jefferson Carver, an Orthodox Jew, is on a quest to save Hanukkah from Santa Claus's evil son. And yes, I know Hanukkah isn’t for another 91 days.


The Hebrew Hammer, the weapon



3.Community Kvell Hollywood Style

I would like to invite you to join me (I already signed up) for a community kvell event.


This fun, funny, storytelling and musical event is a can’t-miss date two days before we celebrate Rosh Hashana.


The thing is - because of image rights (don’t ask) - I can’t tell you who the hosts are. You know them from the movies and from television and perhaps they are simply too cool and funny to be named. Hollywood, can you believe it?


Use the link below (the community member option) and I’ll see you Wednesday, September 16, at 1:30. This event is organized for small Jewish communities nationwide by JFNA.


Please register at


4.The Curious Case of Jessica Krug


My friend Jonathan Tobin, editor in chief of JNS and disappointed New York Islanders fan like me, is very unhappy with Jessica Krug, a tenured associate professor of history at George Washington University who spent her career pretending to be someone she isn’t: black and Hispanic.


"But what makes Krug’s journey from the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kan., to East Harlem and GWU is not just that she was a white woman pretending to be black, but that along the way she more than rejected her Jewish identity. As part of what can only be termed a modern-day leftist version of a minstrel show, Krug also incorporated attacks on Jews and Israel in rants in which she vented her rage as an aggrieved person of color," he writes.


Unlike Jonathan, who seems angry, I honestly find her pathetic. Read "When being Jewish isn't interesting or exotic enough" for his takedown. And whatever you do, don't miss the video link within for Krug's "Jess La Bombalera" persona in action.



5.Live Long and Prosper

This latest Moment Magazine installment wins for attention-grabbing headline, "Beshert: Crushing on Leonard Nimoy."


"It was 1970 and Star Trek had just ended on TV. Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, the hybrid human-alien, had a young fan in the freshman girl who was a year behind me at our Chicago high school. 


"Mr. Nimoy was tall and thin. At 5’10”, so was I. He had a certain Eastern European countenance. My face displayed my Eastern European heritage. He had a Vulcan haircut. My dark hair was longish."


To see how this love story unfolds follow the link above.




6.High Times

It may be legal here, but not so much in Israel. So when a drone dropped hundreds of bags of marijuana over Tel Aviv there were consequences.


Police arrested two men in their 30s who allegedly operated the drone for drug trafficking. Their holiday forecast? Cloudy with a chance of ganja . . . and doing time.




7.What Am I, Chopped Liver?

It used to be that one generation of a family passed recipes on to the next. Sometimes they were written down, often not. When a matriarch died, so too did the recipe and the tradition. The Jewish Food Society hopes to stem that loss.



"Over the past three years, the Jewish Food Society has collected a trove of Jewish culinary wisdom. The dishes are shared digitally in the organization’s 'grandma chic' style, which combines Old World vibes with contemporary aesthetics. Reading through the site’s index of dishes feels like scanning through an open-source, cross-cultural recipe box—and that is very much by design.


"They include a mix of Jewish 'classics' (chopped liver, matzo ball soup, bourekas), contemporary riffs on traditional dishes (cholent pot pie, salted maple challah), and the cuisine’s lesser-known and endangered gems. This last category, which includes dishes like the Sephardic meat pies called pastelicos and Egyptian chicken sofrito, is where Jewish Food Society shines brightest."



For Your Calendar

Baking2Gether for Rosh Hashana

A Rosh Hashana baking workshop for the whole family, led by Adi Barak-Agmon from Israel. This event is one in a series of events organized by communities in Israel and the U.S. that are open to everyone. This one was created by Jewish communities in Nashville, Jacksonville, Richmond, Chattanooga and Hadera in Israel. Sounds like fun to me. Check it out on Sunday at 11:00 AM and eat the delicious honey cookies when football kicks off shortly after. Register here. Use other for the community option and write in New Bedford. And, finally, send me a picture of the cookies you baked. 




Bristol Community College Holocaust & Genocide Center presents:


Thursday, October 15, 4:00 PM

LECTURE: "The Legacy of the Nuremberg Trials in the World Today"

Dr. Michael Bryant, Bryant University


Thursday, October 29, 4:00 PM

WORKSHOP: "Lessons from the Past: Facing Difficult History in the U.S. and Germany"

Tom White, Cohen Center, Keene State College


Thursday, November 12, 4:00 PM

LECTURE: "Displaced Persons: Jewish Life in the Aftermath of the Holocaust"

Dr. Avram Patt, University of Connecticut - Storrs



For a Zoom link, contact Gary Brown at





Shabbat Shalom,




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