From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, May 22, 2015 12:42 PM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for May 22, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for May 22, 2015



ONLY Five Weeks Left - Federation’s Annual Campaign 2014-15

The work of our Federation this year focused on solid programming, engagement and support for causes both local and abroad as reviewed and allocated by members of the community who volunteer and participate in the process.

As far as our campaign goals, we were reaching out to new people to engage them and some have also added their support to the campaign.

But to succeed we must not lose ground and for that to happen it is important that those who participated in the annual campaign last year do so this year as well.  There are almost 50 such individuals and families and I ask all of you to please consider making a pledge or sending a gift today.

A mailing (our fourth of the year) went out to each and every one of you.  This week when we celebrate the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah at Mount Sinai, add this to the way you celebrate.  Participate, support, engage.

Please note that while we ask for your pledge before June 30, payment can be made through December 31.  Thank you for your support!

Tikkun Olam for Graduation

As students are graduating from schools all over the country, the president of Yale University, Peter Salovey, has called on graduates to commit to Tikkun Olam.  In his speech, he exhorts the graduates to embrace one purpose in life – to improve the world.  If there is a graduate in your circle of family and friends, mazel tov!  And may he or she improve the world. 

Kentucky Bourbon, Triple Crown and . . . Jews

How’s that for a Memorial Day weekend free association? 

Daniel Boone famously said, “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”  For Jewish immigrant Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, who fell into the bourbon business by chance, it proved to be business heaven.  Read about the Jewish origins of Kentucky bourbon in this piece from The Atlantic while sipping on your beverage of choice – before, during or after the barbeque. 

Kentucky is known for more than just its spirits.  Host to the first race in the Triple Crown, the Bluegrass State is where the Egyptian-Jewish owner of American Pharaoh emerged victorious in this year’s Run for the Roses.  Following a win in the Preakness Stakes, American Pharaoh and his owner look forward to a historic bid next month for thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes

And let us not forget the reason for the holiday as we remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  For us, they made the ultimate sacrifice and we thank them. 

The Land Flowing With Milk and Honey?

Sweet Ricotta Bruschetta                                                    Cauliflower Crust Pizza

From sunset on May 23 to the evening of May 25, Shavuot is celebrated.  Looking for culinary inspiration beyond cheesecake to mark the holiday?  Check out these savory recipes.  

The pressing question of “Why dairy on Shavuot?” is speculated on in this MyJewishLearning survey


Portnoy, Playoff Basketball and Vladimir Putin

In some parts of the country there are meaningful sporting events going on.  Last year when the Cleveland Cavaliers hired American turned Israeli coach David Blatt any serious conversation about Blatt was almost lost when LeBron took his talent back to Ohio a few days later.  Leil Lebowitz makes for an entertaining read in discussing Blatt’s impact (or lack thereof).  Also, is it me or does this picture look like Putin reading Philip Roth.?




For Your Calendar

WHAT:           Roosevelt Middle School Holocaust Memorial Book Fair

WHEN:           Friday, May 22, 4:00 PM

WHERE:         Barnes & Noble, Dartmouth

WHY:             From Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee member Stephen Nowell, Jr.:

“We'll be running three performances of a 45-minute presentation beginning at 4:00 PM, complete with audiovisuals, student artwork, music, and students portraying various icons of the era including Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler, Sophie Scholl, Miep Gies, and Elie Wiesel. Any purchase made that day in honor of the book fair (just mention ‘book fair’ or ‘Roosevelt’ at checkout) will have a portion of the proceeds donated to our school for use in buying books for students, and other school related needs. I hope you will be able to join us in helping pay tribute to the well as honor the survivors. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration in this matter.”

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,


 The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at