The Bulletin

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four

Is there ever really enough latkes?? There can be only one answer to this rhetorical question. No, non, nyet, nein. Okay, so maybe there's more than one answer.

If you're ready to get your latke on, you might find inspiration or affirmation from the chefs Michael Kaminer recently talked to:
Chef Todd Ginsberg 
(Best fats for frying? Clarified butter or schmaltz!)
Chef Einat Admony
(Sour cream or applesauce? Preserved lemon yogurt or roasted apple chili sauce!)

For more chef interpretations, search online for "Michael Kaminer latke" as he shares additional interviews in the coming days.
Hanukkah Carols

It isn't often that Hanukkah and Christmas come together in as timely a fashion as the two holidays do this year. Members of interfaith families could conceivably light the first candle on the menorah and then head to Midnight Mass a few hours later. Or, like Woody Guthrie, the American singer-songwriter and musician who married into a Jewish family, one might instead craft Hanukkah songs to rival the ubiquitous Christmas carols we all know and . . . (you fill in the blank).

In The Forward article How an Okie Named Woodie Guthrie Became Our Best Hanukkah Tunesmith, we learn more about the musician's life, particularly the period spent on Coney Island, and we find inspiration for Hanukkah listening that will keep Adam Sandler and his shtick at bay.
Tzedakah, Tithing and Just-giving

As we approach year-end, when many people make donations to nonprofit organizations, Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips reflects on What Does It Mean to Be a 'Jewish Funder'? 

"Most of us obsess over how much money other people have, and undervalue the impact our own money can generate, " she writes. "Tzedakah has never been a spectator sport, and it has never been the exclusive province of elites. What would happen if more of us approached our personal Jewish funding decisions as part of an empowered grassroots mobilization of individual wallets - a real force for change?"

I thank (Federation treasurer) Marty Lipman for bringing this article to my attention. I would be remiss here if I did not express my appreciation for all who so generously support our own Jewish Federation.  At this time, more than half of last year's campaign donors have either made a gift or pledged to make one. And all but five of last year's donors who pledged to give have paid their gifts in full. Thank you.
On Trump, Nixon and the Eye of the Beholder
For years I have experienced looks of disbelief from many American friends when I said that Israelis love Nixon. The main reason for that is that the Yom Kippur War was on his watch, and when faced with the question of supporting Israel after the surprise attack by Syria and Egypt, Nixon pulled out all the stops and shipped everything Israel needed. I still remember the roar of the huge Galaxy airplanes (the largest the US had) landing day and night back in October of 1973. Not at all on the same scale as Watergate. Fast forward to 2016 and another president (elect) who is not very popular among most Jews is seen by Israelis in an entirely different way. Gary Rosenblatt was in Israel for the Jewish Media Summit and he reports Israelis Are for Trump; U.S. Jews Are From Venus.
Christmas Meal Volunteers Needed

It's the most wonderful time of the year to practice tikkun olam. When Jews serve Christians a classic holiday meal, it makes for a most beloved holiday tradition in our community. Volunteers are needed to serve turkey dinners to area senior citizens in the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford, and to deliver additional meals to those who are homebound.

If you are interested in supporting Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, co-directors of the annual event, by volunteering a few hours between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Christmas day, please call Ellen at 508-993-5742 or email tucker1300@gmail.com. Servers and drivers needed.

December 25
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
annual Christmas dinner for area senior citizens
Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford

early February, date TBA
lunch time (with lunch served)
Jewish culture book discussion group, reading Plot Against America by Philip Roth
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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