From: Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:38 PM

To: 'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject: The Bulletin -- A Community Update for January 29, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 29, 2016



When David Broza Came to Town




Clockwise: David Broza performing; David admiring the cake featuring his album cover: Ellen Hull, president, and yours truly 

It was a Broza kind of night.  The Israeli superstar came to town and dazzled the audience with his music, charm and storytelling.  The event, hosted by our Federation at the Whaling Museum, focused on David's most recent passion project, the documentary and album East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem.  Using music (and English) as the common language, David brought together a group of Israeli, Palestinian and American musicians to create his latest release.  More than music resulted.  The eight days and nights in an East Jerusalem recording studio united artists and people who would normally be separate, kept apart by mistrust and fear.

Following the film screening, David answered audience members'questions about the refugee camp, walls and children featured in the documentary.  David's courage, character and creativity, on display throughout his 40-year career, shines through in the message the film conveys.  One audience member claimed it was the most powerful film she had ever seen.

David ended the night with a live performance of several songs from the album as well as his signature hit, Yihiye Tov (Good Will Prevail) and was rewarded with a standing ovation.

After the event, David shared the following on Facebook:

Had a great screening of "East Jerusalem West Jerusalem" in New Bedford, Mass. The sweetest moment was the cutting of the special cake made in honor of the film. Thank you Amir Cohen and the beautiful community here. Sweetened my life..... היה ערב מרגש עם הקרנה של הסרט י-ם מזרח מערב. הרגע המתוק היה הטעם המתוק של העוגה המיוחדת. תודה לאמיר כהן ולקהילה של ניו בדפורד מסצ׳וסטס..... (מקום מוצאו של מובי דיק)  

Thank you, David!


International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Auschwitz entrance, left; day of liberation, right

Cindy Yoken, co-chair of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee, submitted the following to local news outlets:

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, we commemorate the international memorial of the victims of the Holocaust.  On this day in 1945 the largest concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops.  The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution in November 2005 to observe this day of remembrance, commemorating the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.


We must honor the memory of Holocaust victims and encourage the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent further acts of genocide.  On this International Day of Remembrance, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, we must reassert our commitment to human rights.  We must go beyond remembrance and make sure that future generations know this history.  We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today's world as we do our utmost so that all people may enjoy the protection and rights for which the United Nations stands.

Here in New Bedford the Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford strives to fulfill these goals by helping teachers with programs teaching their students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.   We are fortunate to have a beautiful Holocaust memorial in Buttonwood Park which was dedicated in 1998 by Abraham Landau, a survivor of 13 camps who came to New Bedford with his wife Freida, also a survivor, in 1950.  At this monument we will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Day of Remembrance on May 1, 2016, dedicating this year's program to the late Mary Schwartz who encouraged Abe Landau to speak about his experiences. A survivor of Auschwitz and Mauthausen will speak that evening at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.


Calendar: Save the Date


% Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford

         Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM

% Etty, A One-Woman Theatrical Play by Susan Stein, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center

Based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, the play is based in 1941 when Etty, a young Jewish Dutch woman, is living in German-occupied Amsterdam.

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

         Wednesday, March 30

% Tenement Museum and Katz's Delicatessen

Manhattan's Lower East Side

         Sunday, April 10, day trip

% Holocaust Survivor: Martin Weiss, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

         Sunday, April 10

% Lawyers Without Rights

The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany  stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.

UMass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library Living Room 

         Monday  Monday, May 2 - 9

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