The Bulletin

Ben-Gurion in New Bedford

We are having a "C-3 - Chanukah.Campaign.Celebration" gathering this Monday at 6:30 PM. Our guest speaker is Alon Ben-Gurion, the grandchild of David Ben-Gurion, who will speak about his grandfather's legacy.
Together we will be celebrating Chanukah, recognizing the 2017 campaign that is already underway, and thanking many who have been generous and loyal donors over the years. Latkes, hors d'oeuvres, salad and dessert will be served.
There will be a short session board meeting (open to all) after the speaker.
If you are interested in joining us and have not yet responded to this RSVP event, please contact office@jewishnewbedford.org or (508) 997-7471 for details.

Jane Eisner Goes to Israel

There was an International Jewish Media Conference in Jerusalem this week. The four-day conference was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Diaspora Relations and featured speakers such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of his cabinet, members of Knesset and more. 

The Forward's editor Jane Eisner introduced the prime minister in her capacity as moderator. She had some interesting impressions from the session, perhaps her first encounter with "off-hand remarks" Bibi. Read about "the real Bibi" here.

She also shared other impressions from her time in Israel, including a mutual agreement between Netanyahu and Obama on bagels. Guess which flavor both world leaders -- not always on the same page -- prefer?

And to issues important to Jewish Americans like the status of the Kotel and equality for women who would worship there? Jane wrote that it seemed less of a priority to Israelis or popular President Rivlin.

She also thinks she was able to get Israeli lawmakers to listen to her, which I think is a huge accomplishment for anyone.

Worst Week in Washington Winner, Keith Ellison

The Minnesota Democrat, who happens to be Muslim, was on a fast track to becoming the next head of the Democratic National Committee -- until his past controversial remarks caught up with him. The Washington Post article Keith Ellison's coronation as DNC chair is over details how his ambitions may be derailed.

Haim Saban, a major Israeli American Democratic donor, said Friday that Ellison was "clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual," adding that having the congressman as DNC chair "would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party."

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


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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