From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, January 31, 2014 1:00 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin

The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 31, 2014



Dr. Stuart Forman Honored at Champagne and Dessert Reception


On the evening of Tuesday, January 28, Stu’s friends and colleagues gathered in the refurbished library at Tifereth Israel to show their appreciation for his leadership of and commitment to the Federation over the years.  Judy Barry (current president), Judy Pollack (past president) and Amir Cohen (executive director) each spoke about Stu’s accomplishments as the most recent past president of the Jewish Federation.  When the Federation needed to reassess its financial operations, Stu led the way in facilitating a move to a smaller office space; in fashioning new part-time job descriptions for the positions of executive director and secretary; and in interviewing and hiring that new executive. Presented with a framed poster later signed by guests, Stu expressed his appreciation for the gathering and for the camaraderie of friends who share his passion for the good work of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.


Birthright Israel Expanding Eligibility for Young Adults


Taglit-Birthright Israel said today that it is expanding its program eligibility to now include young adults who have previously visited Israel as part of a peer trip when they were younger.

Taglit-Birthright Israel offers the gift of a free, 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26.  The trip aims to strengthen each participant’s identity as a Jew; to build an understanding, friendship and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel; and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide.  More than 350,000 young Jewish adults from more than 64 countries and from all 50 U.S. states have already participated, including students from nearly 1,000 North American college campuses. 

Shir Ba’Emek – An Israeli Choir to Visit Our Community in the Spring


More details about the visit of Shir Ba’Emek, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning singing ensemble from Afula-Gilboa, Israel, on Sunday, May 18:  The early afternoon performance will be held at Tifereth Israel as part of our celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, which takes place a few days earlier.  May 18 is also the final Sunday of Hebrew School and the day of the Federation’s annual blood drive.  This will surely be a special day for our community.


Upcoming at UMass Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture

On Tuesday, February 25, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, Dr. David Kertzer of Brown University will speak on "The Vatican, the Pope and the Path to Italy's 1938 Racial Laws."  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be based on Dr. Kertzer’s book, recently published by Random House.

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