The Bulletin

Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund

Storms have devastated Louisiana. Historic, unprecedented flooding from the prolonged rainfall killed 13 people and damaged more than 110,000 homes. Rainfall of up to three inches per hour (31 inches in 15 hours in Livingston Parish alone) dumped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, enough water to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times.
Thousands of Louisianans have been forced into more than 10,000 shelters, and because many were not in "high flood risk areas" the majority have no flood insurance for what is the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
What these numbers mean is that our help is desperately needed. And like we have many times in the past, Jewish communities everywhere are responding with donations. The Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund was established by The Jewish Federations of North America to raise funds nationwide. All donations will be passed to the Baton Rouge Jewish Federation for local distribution.
One hundred percent of your donation will go to the Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund. 

As members of the Jewish Community, we are fortunate to have such a strong network to not only help us raise funds but to distribute them through trusted local hands.
The Support Baton Rouge campaign in the Greater New Bedford Jewish community began yesterday when we mailed hundreds of letters asking for your support. It continues today with this request.
All donations made through September 5th (online and those mailed in the return envelopes) will go to the relief fund.
Checks should be made payable to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford. Feel free to add Baton Rouge in the note section.
If you prefer to make an online donation, simply click on the "Donate" tab in the left column of our website.
Since all donations are immediately passed along, this emergency campaign is not one to pledge support. We are asking for an immediate donation.

I'm confident many of you will support this effort and thank you in advance for your generosity.
Dani Menkin, David Stern, Nancy Spielberg
Tal Brody and Nancy Spielberg

On the Map

It was my senior year in high school and not that many years after the Yom Kippur War when Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel's perennial basketball champions, were matched against the mighty Russian Red Army team, CSKA Moscow, in the European Cup Basketball Championship.  Russia' s team, stacked with every good Russian player conveniently drafted into the military so they'd be eligible to play, had previously won the European title four times. No Israeli team before had gone deep into any tournament. The Russians refused to play in Tel Aviv. The game was set for a neutral arena in Belgium.

On February 17, 1977, the streets emptied and restaurants went dark throughout Israel as the entire nation watched that semi-final game against the mighty Soviet Union.

Led by captain Tal Brody of New Jersey, alongside American Jews Lou Silver, Bob Griffin and Eric Minkin, Idaho-born Jim Boatwright and Aulcie Perry, Maccabi triumphantly defeated the Soviets, 91-79. After the game, Brody was interviewed, shouting to the world in Hebrew, "We are on the map! And we are staying ON THE MAP -- not only in sports, but in EVERYTHING!" Israel, its borders contested, surrounded by enemies, was now and forever ON THE MAP.

The film honors American and Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game, and captures the spirit of a nation victorious against all odds.

Like many Israelis, I too ended up on the steps of Tel Aviv's City Hall jumping into the water (it was February) of the pool designed to hold the water of a decorative fountain. At school the next day I got tons of respect because my father, a pilot for El Al at the time, was sent to bring the team back.  
In his documentary On The Map, award-winning Israeli filmmaker Dani Menkin captures all that and more. Our good friend Nancy Spielberg and the team that produced Above and Beyond are all part of the On The Map team.

The film will make its New England debut in our community on Sunday, September 25, at 4:30 PM, at the UMass Dartmouth Library. The event marks the start of our 2016-17 annual campaign. All members are invited to attend with students and children welcome. Federation members are encouraged to make a pledge toward the annual campaign at this time.
Refreshments will be served. (The Patriots are NOT playing Sunday the 25th.)
I hope to see you all and ask that you kindly RSVP by replying to office@jewishnewbedford.org or by calling 508-997-7471.
Read more about the historic game and watch a video trailer for the film in this Tablet Magazine article.

September 25
4:30 PM
Campaign launch and screening of documentary On the Map
UMass Dartmouth Library

October 6
7:00 PM
Internationally renowned, best-selling author Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie) presents "Giving Is Living" lecture followed by book signing
Angus Bailey Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth
Reserve $25/pp tickets here. Space is limited.

October 6
7:00 PM
Screening of The Consul of Bordeaux, a film about Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux who saved over 30,000 lives from Nazi persecution
Bristol Community College, Fall River campus, room TBA


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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