Starting Tuesday night we will observe the holiest day of the Jewish year. We wish each other to be inscribed in the Book of Life, the book that is open during this time of the year.
In her Rosh Hashanah sermon atIkar -- the innovative Jewish congregation in Los Angeles -- Rabbi Ronit Tsadok spoke of the Book of Life, our stories and our journeys. I thought - and while not super innovative, it is a Bulletin first -- I'd share her sermon as an audio file. Perhaps just listening will make for a unique experience. It is only a few minutes long and I hope you like it. I hope it leads you to new stories and exciting journeys in the coming year.
And what would a week with a day of fast be like without the food we have before and, even more, the food we have after. Forbes.com isn't where you'd often find a Jewish food article, but it's that time of year. There can be several pull quotes from this delicious article, but my favorite is, "Wexler's makes old-school Jewish food the way your grandparents would have done if they were millennial hipsters with really good taste."
The article also continues the LA theme of this Bulletin and might make you want to hop on a plane and fly towards that matzo ball soup. I sure wish I could have some for break-fast.
And Our Part in Helping Others in New Year Ahead
The New Year also marks the launch of the Annual Campaign. Our Jewish Federation unites and lifts us, helping us to live a more Jewish life.
Many of you were at the Whaling Museum earlier this year when David Broza performed and shared his film East Jerusalem - West Jerusalem with our community. One person in the audience that night claimed it was the most powerful film she had ever seen.
In 5777 we'd like to continue to bring such opportunities to our community. We also need to maintain Meals on Wheels for the elderly; fund PJ Library books for our children and grandchildren; support the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth and the Holocaust Center at BCC; deliver Passover food; and provide college scholarships. These meaningful initiatives and more are where your dollars go.
Your support for this year's Annual Campaign will allow us to remain a vibrant presence in the community. Don't wait for the letters (they are on their way) -- donate online today. Thank you.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
October 20 7:00 - 9:30 PM Crypto Jews in Spain & Portugal Speaker Professor Pedro Bicudo Co-sponsored by BCC Holocaust Center and LusoCentro Bristol Community College, Fall River campus, room TBA
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