July 14

The Bulletin

A New Fiscal Year
July marks the start of a new fiscal year at the Federation. We finalize the results of our 2015-16 campaign, set budgets for 2016-17, and meet to decide on scholarships and allocations both locally and abroad. Thank you again to all who participated last year. We look forward to seeing you next year at programs and events and on our honor roll.
In the past few weeks many of you started receiving a free copy of the Forward. I hope you are enjoying it. There is a place in the home for a Jewish publication and we were happy to be able to provide this free introductory subscription. As is the case with every publication, this offer is not an endorsement of the paper or any of the articles. The Forward is a quality publication and I find that in almost every issue there is something interesting that I would otherwise not find elsewhere.  A perfect example of that in the July 15 issue is a wonderful article by Simi Horwitz about how frum filmmakers are revolutionizing cinema. Interestingly many of the stories (and filmmakers) are about women, and their success extends beyond Boro Park and Crown Heights with brisk DVD sales and global distribution.

The Travels of Bibi in Africa

Travel by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is a topic Israelis love to debate. His trip to Africa to participate in a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe rescue was no different. Four jumbo jets and a price tag in the neighborhood of $7 million for the trip was initially not well received. However, this first sub-Saharan visit of an Israeli leader in more than 25 years, coupled with recent diplomatic successes vis-à-vis Egypt and Turkey, suggests that perhaps this time the money was well spent. J.J. Goldberg, who is never shy when it comes to Netanyahu critique, seems to think so and in fact calls him (for the moment) a diplomatic superstar. Wonders never cease.

Yes, Virginia, There Are Jewish Athletes

At the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships Aly Raisman recently performed to a traditional Jewish folk song on her way to earning a spot on the US Olympic Women's gymnastics team. An earlier Tablet Magazine piece, from Aly's first Olympic bid, shares some personal background information as well as a hilarious outtake on what it looks like to parent a world-class gymnast in real time. And here are 10 more things to know about Aly, if you aren't saturated in our Jewish girl gymnast yet.

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are scheduled August 5 - 21. Israel's blue and white team comprises 47 athletes competing in 16 sports, including Israel's first Olympic entries in golf, triathlon and mountain biking. Learn more about the Israeli team here

Pokémon Go -- Yes and No   

Maybe you know Pokémon from your children or your grandchildren who obsessed over the critters in the '90s. My son was six years old at the time and collected the cards. He was short one card and perhaps the best thing I did that year was find the final one while on vacation in Paris. What joy he had from the completed set. Fast forward to 2016 and Pokémon Go seems to be all the smartphone rage in the real world. 

Pokemon has invaded the office of Israeli President Rivlin. At the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., players have become unwelcome visitors 

If you want to know what all the fuss over "pocket monsters" with strange names is about,
read on.
Lebanon Lately
Summer always brings anniversaries of wars in Israel. June brought the 49th of the Six-Day-War and the 34th of the first Lebanon war. This week it's the 10th of the second Lebanon war. Matti Friedman was a soldier in that war and he tells a personal story of his Israel 10 years later. It is a worthwhile personal account I enjoyed reading. I was a soldier in the first Lebanon war which was very different. I also didn't live in Israel 10 years ago and I found an account like this both interesting and educational.

The documentary On the Map will take place in September with exact details to follow.


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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