The Bulletin

You are invited to join us for the
New England premiere of On the Map.
Sunday, September 25, 4:30 PM
UMass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library
The film by award-winning Israeli director Dani Menkin and producers Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman, who also brought us Above and Beyond, tells the extraordinary story of the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that brought the first European Cup to Israel and became "The Team of the Nation."
This event marks the start of the Jewish Federation's Campaign 2017.
Food and beverages will be served.
Please RSVP to office@jewishnewbedford.org or 508-997-7471.

Honoring Elie Wiesel

The US House bipartisan resolution honoring the life and work of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel was passed this week.

The Federation's Holocaust Committee also voted to recognize Wiesel with this year's theme, Lessons from Elie Wiesel and Other Survivors. 

Israel's Best Kept Secret?

If writer Danielle Berrin is to be believed, it's a tour guide. Her tribute to Michael Bauer borders on the worshipful, and that's okay. I'm sure he won't object and it can't be bad for business.

"What began as a light infatuation eventually morphed into something resembling rock-star obsession, as our group frequently chanted his name and compared him to the fictional Jack Bauer from 24. (Ever the on-guard Israeli, Bauer sometimes carried a gun.)

"There is something almost mystical about Bauer's teaching, beyond the obvious spiritual subject matter. It shows in the way he marries history, religion and archaeology, or the way he lights up when reading passages from Torah or the New Testament that he can prove actually happened. This quality is part of why our group felt so in awe of him; teaching the history of the world, he somehow made the world make sense. In seven days, Bauer transcended the role of tour guide and simply became our Rav, our teacher, " Berrin writes.

Planning a trip to Israel? Bauer may be your man. (Learn more at Bauer Trails.)

Just a Boy and a Girl

She fled Austria with her younger sisters in 1938. On the evening of Aug. 14, 1945, after the news of Japan's surrender was broadcast, George Mendonsa, a sailor returned from the Pacific, reached for her and made history.  The Jewish woman in the iconic World War II Times Square kiss photo, Greta Zimmer Friedman, died last week at 92 years of age. 

For years, the identities of the people in the photograph by Life Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, also a Jewish refugee, were unknown. After an appeal from the magazine in 1980 yielded many people claiming to be the kissing couple, forensic analysis was used to confirm Mendonsa's and Friedman's identities. Read the story behind this iconic photo.

September 25
4:30 PM
Campaign launch and screening of documentary On the Map
UMass Dartmouth Library

October 6
7:00 PM
Internationally renowned, best-selling author Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie) presents "Giving Is Living" lecture followed by book signing
Angus Bailey Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth
Reserve $25/pp tickets here. Space is limited.

October 6
7:00 PM
Screening of The Consul of Bordeaux, a film about Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux who saved over 30,000 lives from Nazi persecution
Bristol Community College, Fall River campus, Jackson Art Center, Room H-209


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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