The Bulletin

Shana Tovah Umetukah

As we celebrate Rosh Hashana, I'd like to wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.

May you be inscribed in the Book of Life. And may your holiday be all that you would wish it to be.
Campaign 2017

Though not ushered in with as much fanfare as the New Year, our Campaign 2017 opens now.

In the coming weeks, you will be asked to support your local Federation's annual campaign. Without your generous donation, the services and programming that enrich Jewish living both here and abroad would be diminished greatly. Please respond generously when asked.

Thank you in advance for your support!
Israel's Warrior for Peace

An optimist and a philosopher who just happened to be a politician too, Shimon Peres is being honored globally following his death earlier this week. In this New York Times article, the former prime minister and president's accomplishments and thoughts are shared.

When asked about the 1993 Oslo Accords, for which he received a Nobel Peace Prize along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Peres said: "There was no alternative. We had to do it." He added, "An ancient Greek philosopher was asked what is the difference between war and peace. 'In war,' he replied, 'the old bury the young. In peace, the young bury the old.' I felt that if I could make the world better for the young, that would be the greatest thing we can do."

Many have posted about Shimon in the past few days. One piece that seemed relevant for our Bulletin was from a friend of New Bedford, David Broza, who wrote:
"My grandmother Rose Aron had worked with him when she was younger and maintained some relationship, as did my parents. We lived as neighbors in Tel Aviv and as children, his boys went to the same elementary school as I did and we all played on the same streets....today we lament the departing of this great man who was the last giant who lived the birth of Israel with every breath he took and every heart beat. I met him on several occasions when I sang at the President's residence. However, the only time we actually had an intimate conversation was in Barcelona when I was asked to assist in the organizing a performance during a soccer match between, Barca, and the Peres foundation football team, made up of Israeli and Palestinian players. I sang a song I had written with my friend Said Murad, in Hebrew and Arabic. After the event, my friend Ron Pundak who ran the Peres Foundation, introduced us. He complimented me on the performance and then went on the talk about the importance of music as a bridge builder. He also asked about my style of playing and about my guitar. It was a special moment and I felt fortunate to have had this time with him."

Not just you David, we all did.


When the then 91-year-old Shimon's term as president came to an end, his granddaughter made this hilarious YouTube video about his plans for what would come next. It is a well known fact that one can't refuse one's grandchildren anything. Mika Almog, thank you.

Big Like

While his Harvard University suitemates Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz were creating a nifty little program called Facebook, today worth $360 billion, Arie Hasit was studying history and modern Hebrew.

The fourth user of Facebook and a Cherry Hill, NJ, native, he celebrated a milestone of his own this month. Hasit was ordained a Conservative rabbi at Schecter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. He and his wife and baby girl recently moved to the small Israeli town of Mazkeret Batya, where he will serve as rabbi to a fledgling congregation.

While the road not taken by this 33-year-old may be paved in gold, Hasit has no regrets.  He has a story to tell and he was smart enough to buy shares when the company went public.
Storytelling as Healing

In How Filmmakers Are Using Videotherapy to Help the Bereaved in Israel, we learn about a unique videotherapy program at the Ma'aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts in Jerusalem.

"For more than a decade, the school has produced a host of films centering on such groups as bereaved families, victims of terrorism and high-risk teens. These films, written by and starring the participants themselves, have been created under the joint direction of a social worker or psychologist and a filmmaker who have gone through a formal eight-month videotherapy-training program at the school. The theory is that a profound connection exists between filmmaking and therapy, and that there is uncanny healing potential in joining the two into a single entity: videotherapy," writes Simi Horwitz.

While videotherapy incorporates support group elements, it is also an "intensely private experience" that allows grieving family members to deconstruct and construct their personal trauma with some measure of control. They are not walking their journey through pain and loss alone. In creating a film, it is shared -- making something good out of bad.
When Zionism Became a Bad Word

Have you heard of intersectionality? It's an academic theory claiming that all forms of oppression are connected. Strength in numbers. Misery loves company.

From this concept, an era of coalitions between progressives and pro-Palestinian activists has emerged on American campuses. In How BDS is pushing Jewish students out of social justice activism, the dots are connected.

Seffi Kogen writes, "But they suffer nevertheless as their peers make it clear to them that their Zionism disqualifies them from the progressive activist community and, in some instances, from campus leadership roles in general.

"If young American Jews can be equipped and encouraged to form friendships with their progressive peers, to restore their Jewish voices to the social justice conversation, and, at the same time, to stand up for Israel, then this moment of progressive antipathy toward the Jewish state will be remembered as a blip on the historical record of liberal support for Israel."

From his pen to young activists' ears.

October 5
6:30 - 8:00 PM
#Israel: Advocating for Israel in 140 Characters or Fewer
An event hosted by the Israel Consulate featuring speaker William Daroff, senior vice president of public policy for JFNA , who was named the "#1 Influencer on Jewish Twitter" by JTA. Other panelists include Jeremy Burton, JCRC executive director and Lironne Koret, new media director at the Israeli Mission to the UN. The panelists will provide insights on how to successfully build a following, share the difficulties of, and offer practices in advocating for Israel.
CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/bostonisrael

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 and Happy New Year,


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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