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.

Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund -- Thank You!

Many thanks to all who participated in the campaign to support Baton Rouge. Forty community members (families) donated an impressive $2,839 in support of the hard-hit residents of Louisiana in less than two weeks.
You are to be commended for responding so generously in so short a time!  

Too Close to Home

Benjamin Gladstone, a junior at Brown University and president of Brown Students for Israel, warns incoming freshmen about his experience with anti-Semitism on campus in this Forward Scribe piece.  The BDS conversation on campuses across the nation is loud these days. Is anti-Zionism one and the same as anti-Semitism? Some argue yes, some no.

In other campus news, Marvin Krislov, Oberlin College president and Jewish, announced this week that he would step down at the end of the year following a tumultuous year of protest and anti-Semitism scandals on campus.  
Are You Ready for Some Football?

The Patriots, minus one franchise quarterback, will meet the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday in the first game of the season. Go Pats!

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receiver Julian Edelman are not the only Jews in the game, though. The Minnesota Vikings, owned by the Wilf family of New Jersey, are thinking big with a new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy while two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL in Eat My Schwartz: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith.

We Are All Anthony Weiner

After you roll your eyes and before you say "Hell, no!" take the time to read this insightful Tablet Magazine article in which writer Liel Leibovitz frames the once and former politician and husband's magnificent downfall with her own personal journey, humor and the lessons in empathy Judaism offers.

"Sure, the temptation to lambast the amorous politician is strong. For starters, he is unimprovably named for the occasion, and, more poignantly, is displaying the kind of behavior that makes even the most open-minded among us reach for the DSM-5 in search of answers," she writes.

Continuing later with, "Don't get me wrong: Some make terrible mistakes, and make them more than once, and pay a price, and make their families pay as well. Weiner belongs squarely in this category and deserves each painful tumble in his fall from grace. But when confronted with such struggling souls as his, derision is hardly the best approach."

Glass houses and all that.
Look Who's Talking (or Not) Now

As the election nears the finish line, we have heard a lot from the candidates. Some would say too much. But the one person we have not heard from, the one person who without fail has an opinion, is Israel's prime minister.

The New York Times reports why Netanyahu is unusually silent, explaining that it is in Israel's best interest to revert back to a bipartisan relationship with the United States.

goes further, asserting that regardless of who the next president is,Netanyahu loses. "While Hillary Clinton is the devil the prime minister knows all too well, Trump's isolationism may prove to be a two-sided coin."

In The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg speculates about unfinished business in the Middle East for the first gentleman should Hillary be elected in Getting Bill Out of the House.


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, room TBA


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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