The Bulletin

Local Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story

Freddie Myerson, a Federation member, recently spoke to Normandin Middle School eighth-grade students about surviving the Holocaust as a young girl in Germany.

"Her grandmother insisted that napkins be set on the table at mealtime, even when there was no food and the napkins looked like rags. Napkins symbolized the dignity the Nazis couldn't take away," writes Jennette Barnes for The Standard-Times.

Read more about Freddie's experiences in New Bedford students hear first-person story of Holocaust survival.
A Voice for Israel

Dr. Janet Freedman, a Federation board member, shares her 
blog post "Unfinished Business: Remaining in the NWSA, Post BDS" with us. She writes for the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. In this blog piece, Janet talks about her experience as one of the lone voices opposing a Boycott, Divestment and Sanction resolution against Israel at the National Women's Studies Association and the aftermath.

"I do not want NWSA  to become a space without voices in favor of Israel's survival and development. I decided that staying and countering the anti-Israel perspectives would be more positive than resignation," declared Janet.
New Normal? Say It Isn't So

Yesterday at least 25 Jewish institutions across the US were targeted in a second wave of bomb threats -- this following the first round less than two weeks ago. Wednesday's threats included many live calls, unlike the recorded calls received earlier. Jewish community centers in Massachusetts were among the institutions targeted.

Community leaders across the country have responded to this "telephone terrorism" in the context of a recent wave of increased anti-Semitism. "These people, whoever they are, that are making these threats are trying to intimidate, create anxiety and fear, and we are going to do what we have to do to ensure the safety and security of our valued members and constituents, but we are not going to give in to what they are trying to create, which is to drive us away from our valued institutions," said Mark Freedman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
In the Spotlight

Trump's inauguration rabbi, facing criticism, is defending his choice to lead a prayer at tomorrow's presidential inauguration. Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, will be one of six clergy present and will be the first rabbi to speak at an inauguration since Ronald Reagan's second swearing-in ceremony.

Rabbi Jason Miller, among those not pleased with his decision, wrote Rabbi Marvin Hier must bow out of the Donald Trump inauguration last week for Time. He argues that one cannot be affiliated with both the Museum of Tolerance and a president-elect who allowed intolerance to flourish throughout his campaign. A contradiction Rabbi Hier is likely not to touch upon in his prayer, I am thinking.
Strange Days

Cue The Twilight Zone theme.

When a popular neo-Nazi blogger resigns over the revelation that his wife is Jewish
you know something in the universe is off-kilter. Or at least you hope it is. 

"The founder of the popular right-wing blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish . . . Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts The Daily Shoah weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast, which has about 100,000 regular listeners, Peinovich as Enoch talked about killing Jews and spouted neo-Nazi invective . . ."

Considered one of the three most influential figures in the "alt-right" movement whose followers traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for "political correctness," Enoch, or Peinovich, might have some serious backpedaling ahead of him. How to appease both neo-Nazis and a Jewish wife at the same time? Now there's a conundrum for you.


We're Not Gonna Take It

Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister, an '80s heavy metal band with a shelf life that hasn't yet expired, recently explained in The Forward why the band wouldn't let "We're Not Gonna take It" be Trump's anthem. Though you might hear the infectious single at sporting and entertainment venues where rebellion is in the air, you won't be hearing it at any future Trump events.

With less than six degrees of separation -- Jay Jay is married to my cousin Sharon -- I recall fondly the time he told me about buying his first guitar with proceeds from Boy Scouts cookie sales. Yes, Boy Scouts, not Girl Scouts. You can read his humorous anecdote in How I Negotiated My First Deal.

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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