From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, January 07, 2016 2:52 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for January 7, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 7, 2016

Thank You


Many of you continue to send in your gifts and pledges for the 2016 campaign. Our community relies on your generosity. When we receive early responses, we have fewer letters to mail a second or third time around. Please help us stay efficient and make your pledge TODAY. You have all year to pay it. Thank you for your ongoing support!

All but one of last year’s campaign pledges (due December 31, 2015) have been received and that’s fantastic.

2016’s Must-See Events

As we kick off 2016, we have several programs to get excited about.

In January we welcome Israeli superstar musician David Broza to the Whaling Museum for what will surely be a special community event. David brings his documentary East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem about recording his album in East Jerusalem at a Palestinian studio with Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Devoted to resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict and famous for many songs – among them Yihiye Tov (Good Will Prevail) – dating back to the days of the peace talks with Egypt, David has become an ambassador of sorts. He will of course play some songs after the film. This is a can’t-miss event!

Young emissaries from Israel who are visiting many New England communities this year will be our guests that night as well.

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford

·         Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM

FOR TICKETS: Reserve your seat(s) now at or 508-997-7471.

(The event is open to the community and is free of charge. Donations to the Federation in support of programming are always appreciated.)

In February we host Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford

·         Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM




Tel Aviv Shooting


Last week’s attack by a single terrorist in Tel Aviv claimed the lives of two young men who were celebrating at a restaurant. The terrorist went on to murder the cab driver who picked him up as he was escaping the city.

Israelis lighting candles at a memorial set up outside the Tel Aviv pub where two people were shot dead on Jan. 1.

Friday afternoon (not a work day) is a special time in Tel Aviv. People are out at restaurants and cafes and the streets are usually very crowded. Last Friday, however, was unusually cold and fewer people were around. That perhaps limited the number of casualties, but the attack did enough to puncture the “Tel Aviv Bubble” (using the language of the LA Jewish Journal).

As of today the terrorist Nashat Milhem (who served a 5-year sentence for stabbing a soldier with a screwdriver in 2007) is at large as the search for him continues.


People of the (Banned) Book?


For an author today there may be no better marketing ploy than to have one’s book banned. Just ask Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan whose book Borderlife was recently banned from the high school curriculum by the Israeli Education Ministry after being recommended by a committee of educators. Sales of the award-winning book have increased dramatically since news of the perceived government censorship was made public.

So why did the Ministry go Salman Rushdie on this tale of star-crossed lovers? Because one is Israeli and one Palestinian. It matters not that the story takes place in New York, nor that the heroine chooses love of country over love of beau in the end.  What matters – in a climate of random violence and purposeful distrust – is the thought that this one book could promote the idea of intermarriage and kumbaya in the land of milk and honey. Read more in this piece from The Guardian.   



Omri Caspi – You’re An All Star Get Your Game On

The Israeli paper Israel Hayom started a campaign urging Israelis to vote Omri to the All Star Game.

I am joining the campaign and have already voted. His jersey number is 18; how can we go wrong?

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