From: Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford
Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM
Subject: The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 30, 2015
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The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 30, 2015


What a Winter Week

This week I was fortunate to travel to Florida for a gathering of Jewish Federations of North America directors from all around the country.  I completely missed the blizzard and avoided the other headline involving low pressure (the one having to do with a certain local football team).

As we dig out (my car was outside while I was away) and make our wings and chili for Sunday, I can report that many small federations around the country are facing similar challenges, but much like us are showing tremendous commitment to helping Jews everywhere.

Joining them, working with them, learning from them and from the many guests we had at this annual gathering was worthwhile and energizing.



World News

In Israel there was a significant escalation in a previously quiet border with Lebanon.  Hezbollah fired anti-tank missiles along with an artillery barrage into Israel, resulting in the deaths of  two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper and wounding seven others.  With elections in Israel in seven weeks, there is even more pressure on Israel to respond.  If you didn’t see the story, read The Jerusalem Post article here.

Last week I wrote that the Alberto Nisman story out of Argentina will continue to make news for months to come.  This week Damian Pachter, the Jewish journalist who wrote the story, has fled the country.  After he wrote about Nisman’s death for the Buenos Aires Herald, he began to receive tips that he might no longer be safe in Argentina.  He arrived safely in Israel this week.  Read more in this Tablet Magazine article.  #YoSoyNisman



Calendar:  Save the Date


 Master storyteller Tom Dugan as Simon Wiesenthal

This article from The Jewish Week that connects Anne Frank’s story to Wiesenthal’s work reminded me to remind you of the upcoming performance of Nazi Hunter: Simon Wiesenthal at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on April 16, Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day.  The Jewish Federation is proud to partner with The Z in bringing this must-see historical drama – a one-man performance – to area audiences and students. 

 In September, in a letter to teachers in the greater New Bedford community, Cindy Yoken and Maria Reed, chairs of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee wrote, “We all share a responsibility to educate our students on the history that illuminates these important lessons about injustice so our students are not bystanders to bullying and prejudice but instead become vocal advocates for respect and a more peaceful world.”

 See this page from The Z's season catalog for more details.



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