The Bulletin

Young Emissaries Visit Ziskind School

Last Thursday two of the visiting SNEC Young Emissaries from Israel spent the afternoon with the children enrolled in Ziskind Hebrew School. A good time was had by all as each learned about the other's culture.

left photo (L-R):Martin Zeitz, Samuel Yorovitzky, YE Sahar, Ella Friedman, YE Yoav, Jack Caruso, David Schudrich, Gavin Herman
right photo (L-R): Jack Caruso, David Schudrich, Gavin Herman, Julia Rosenberg, Michelle Sherman, Hannah Levin, Ezra Schudrich, Spencer Perez-Dormitzer, Ethan Perez-Dormitzer, Jackie Mindlin, Schaeffer Marcovici, Shea McGee, Jordan Rosenberg

Please Vote

On Tuesday this very unique and seemingly endless election cycle comes to a close. There is of course a presidential election, but there are also local races to consider. I will be voting and I encourage everyone to do the same.

Campaign Update -- Continued Thanks

The volume of your gifts for this year's annual campaign has increased this week. Thanks to those who made their gifts early and particularly to those who increased their gifts (even if slightly) over last year.

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There are many dates of note this month, so how about some history? Ninety-nine years ago on November 2, 1917, Foreign Secretary Balfour sent a letter to Baron Rothschild
expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The letter, now called the Balfour Declaration, was the first such act of international support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The influence of the Balfour Declaration on the course of post-war events was significant, particularly given the "mandate" system created by the Versailles treaty.

Britain was entrusted with the administration of Palestine. As the Jewish population in Palestine increased, so did anger among Arabs who participated in the war against Turkey in hope of their own self-government. Instances of Arab violence against Jews became more common and the area's instability led Britain to delay making a decision on Palestine's future. It was only in the aftermath of World War II and the terrors of the Holocaust that international support for Zionism led to the official declaration of the State of Israel.

A full 30 years later on November 29, 1947, the UN approved the partition of Palestine,
recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and a special international regime for the city of Jerusalem. The plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency but rejected by Arab leaders and governments unwilling to accept any form of Jewish state. Fighting began almost immediately, with attacks by Arabs against Jewish cities, settlements, and Jewish fledgling armed forces (Haganah, Irgun and Lehi). The Arab goal was to block the Partition Resolution and prevent the establishment of the Jewish state. The Jews, on the other hand, hoped to hold onto their allotted future homeland. For more on these events and more about the birth of a nation, consider viewing this History Channel documentary. 

Jewish Journalism's New Challenge and Other Items Worth Reading About

The Forward's editor, Jane Eisner, dedicated her column on October 28th to the unprecedented abuse and hate mail targeting Jewish Journalists. No, it is not just her own mail but also that of many colleagues in the field. Sadly there is a connection (that she makes) between this escalation and the culture of political discourse in this election.
New Yorkers will cheer the NY marathon runners on Sunday. On the final few miles, the marathoners will pass through Harlem, home of Alvin Lee Smalls and his New York City bakery. Turns out that it is at 118th Street and Manhattan Avenue that New York's finest rugelach are found. The sign in the window of Lee Lee's Baked Goods reads Rugelach by a Brother.

More than a million people have checked in on their Facebook pages at Standing Rock, ND. The trend is a show of support for the local Sioux who are protesting a pipeline on their land. A little further south in Pine Ridge SD, Jessye Stein was teaching geography when her Lakota students asked her about her roots prompting a conversation about why she does not speak Yiddish. She was trying to persuade her students to return to their Lakota language when they turned the table back on her. As a result of that exchange - Jordan Kutzik reports -Jessye ended up learning Yiddish at the Yiddish Farm.

A rabbi would almost always get a job through his or her rabbinical association's placement office. Not so much now says Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu who created a website to allow congregations and organizations looking for a rabbi to post their jobs, and for rabbis looking for work to post their resumes. The website, https://rabbicareers.com, was launched September 8. Rabbi Sirbu's Rabbis Without Borders has a membership of 200 rabbis. She said one of the reasons she realized the need for the job website was because of the calls she received after starting the Rabbinic Service Corps last year for small congregations unable to afford a rabbi. Read the full story...
Not your typical casting call. If you are a fan of Chicago Med you might have noticed last year (the first season) that there were no Jewish doctors in the show. That is not common in TV Land. For the second season, the creators (who are Jewish) changed that in a very interesting way by introducing an Orthodox Jewish doctor who speaks Hebrew (in the OR), plays Jazz on the roof of the hospital and is an African American. Curt Schleier reports that for this role the actor Ato Essandoh has been working with Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr., a cousin of first lady Michelle Obama who is the spiritual leader of the B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation. 

November 4
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Propaganda and the Holocaust
Conference for middle, high school and college instructors, also open to community members
Sponsored by BCC Holocaust Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Bristol Community College, Fall River campus, Jackson Arts Center

November 15
11:00 AM
Branded on My Arm and in My Soul,
the story of Abraham W. Landau, concentration camps survivor
Speakers from the Jewish Federation Holocaust Education Committee and the editor of Spinner Publications
Sponsored by BCC Holocaust Center
Bristol Community College, New Bedford campus, room TBA

November 15
6:45 PM
Israeli Film Night: One Week and a Day
Organized by The Jewish Boston Film Festival and sponsored by IAC Boston and Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University
ticket pricing: $16.00; senior/member/student discount - $14.00; group 10+ - $11.00
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
To learn more about this dark comedy and to see a film trailer, follow this link. Also see the entire schedule of the BJFF screenings.



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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