The Bulletin

Jewish War Veterans Memorial Looking Good

On Veterans Day, 1962, the Jewish War Veterans New Bedford Post 154 dedicated the six-column memorial that stands at the corner of Rockdale Avenue and Hawthorn Street still.

Last week on Veterans Day, The Standard-Times ran an article, Momumental task: Jewish War Memorial refurbished, talking about the recent improvements to the Memorial which were in part funded by the Jewish Federation. The next time you walk the perimeter of Buttonwood Park, take a fresh look at this lasting tribute to our veterans.
Forward 50

Each year, the Forward selects the "Forward 50" -- as in the top 50 Jews this year -- from politics and media, science and business, food, religion, and community.
It is hardly a surprise that Ivanka Trump made this year's list. Ivanka converted to Judaism ( Modern Orthodox ) in 2008 and is mother to the three Jewish grandchildren of our president-elect. Her husband Jared also made the list.
Theo Epstein contributed to ending the Curse of the Bambino in Boston and was equally magical in the National League this year overturning an even longer curse with the Cubs. Bob Dylan made the list as did Aly Raisman.
Natalie Portman seems to always make it as does Jeffery Goldberg. Deborah Lipstadt made it in the culture category. There are worthy stories throughout the list of many who might be less known and they probably share one attribute-a Kvelling Jewish mother.
Enjoy. Forward 50
Happy (Soon) Thanksgiving

Caught unawares this year by the need to prepare for or, at the very least, wrangle an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner? You are not alone. But it is not too late to make the holiday a memorable one for family and friends.

Start with meal planning. Turkey, while traditional, is so predictable. Why not shake things up with a menu featuring the top 10 surprisingly kosher animals -- and delicious ways to eat them. Uncle Sid and Aunt Sylvia will do a double-take when Canada goose, bison or moose is the star attraction on the table.

And if you are concerned that holiday discussion may devolve into political debate, Rabbi Anne Brenner, a psychotherapist and faculty member at the Academy of Jewish Religion, California, as well as the author of Mourning & Mitzvah, has advice for serving up shalom at a post-election Thanksgiving.

Humor is always a good way to go. You'll find that and excellent writing in this 2012 piece making the case for why Thanksgiving should be every American Jew's favorite holiday.


November 28
6:00 PM
Multi-Cultural New Moon Program
Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, the City of New Bedford and the Council of Women's Organizations
For women only of all races, religions and beliefs, the event shares New Moon rituals from Jewish (Rosh Chodesh), Native American, Muslim and Celtic cultures. 
Event is free. Kosher refreshments provided at end of program.
RSVP to Rachel Levinson at (508) 992-7416.


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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