From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, November 05, 2015 1:43 PM

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Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for November 5, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 5, 2015

In Memory of Rabin, 20 Years Later


               3/1/1922 - 11/4/1999

My uncle Nechemiah was one of Rabin’s favorite soldiers. In the years before the Six-Day War, when Rabin was the Chief of Staff, he got to know Nechemiah – a young officer in the IDF’s elite unit – and on several occasions met him to pin yet another decoration on his chest. To this day Nechemiah is one of the two most decorated soldiers. (He shares the honor with former Prime Minister Ehud Barak who was also in the same unit in his early days.) When Nechemiah was killed on the first day of the Six-Day War, Rabin cried when he received the news (a confidence shared with family by Rabin’s secretary). I was thinking about that when I read this column by Lisa Barr about crying with Leah Rabin after her husband’s assassination.

At a gathering in Rabin’s memory in Tel Aviv last week, President Obama and former President Clinton both spoke to a crowd of 100,000 in a video address.

Orange Is the New Black Is Both Jewish and New Bedford – Who Knew?


L: Jenji Kohan is in the center; R: Taylor Schilling                                           

Netflix’s most watched series, Orange Is the New Black, was created by Jenji Kohan who is Jewish. She married Christopher Noxon, with whom she is raising three Jewish children, in 1997. It was only recently, though, that Noxon converted to Judaism. Read about his fascinating journey in this Jewish Journal piece.


If you know Orange Is the New Black, then you know Piper. But did you know that the actress who plays Piper Chapman, Taylor Schilling, visits New Bedford regularly? Taylor’s father, Bob Schilling, lives in New Bedford. He is on the governing board of the Renaissance Community School for the Arts, an innovation school in the district. Read here about the cast-signed shirt donated for the school's auction and more on Taylor’s thoughts on historic Downtown New Bedford. 

Kristallnacht and Jewish War Veterans

In today’s Standard-Times, Cindy Yoken, chair of the Holocaust Committee, writes here about both Kristallnacht and next week’s Veterans Day.

She shares the news, too, that our own Calvin Siegal, a proud and longtime member of New Bedford Post 154 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, will serve as grand marshal of the Veterans Day parade on Wednesday, November 11. The parade steps off from the corner of Rockdale Avenue and Union Street at 11:00 AM.



Artist Workshops in Afula-Gilboa! 

Partnership2Gether Afula-Gilboa-SNEC is presenting Artist Workshops in Afula-Gilboa, Israel, March 6-11, 2016. Artists working in all mediums (photography, music, glass, painting, theater, art therapy, writers, etc.) are encouraged to apply to this juried program. Space is limited.

You will volunteer your time and creativity to collaborate and share knowledge with Afula-Gilboa artists. You will later share your program experience and art with your local community in the US.

Artists are responsible for RT airfare, health insurance and more.  Partnership2Gether provides lodging, some meals, scheduled tourist visits and art materials.


For more information and application, please contact Neta Kopelzada, Living Bridge coordinator at  Deadline for application: November 30, 2015.

Christmas Meal Volunteers Needed

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to practice tikkun olam.  When Jews serve Christians a classic holiday meal, it makes for a most beloved holiday tradition in our community. Volunteers are needed to serve turkey dinners to area senior citizens in the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford, and deliver additional meals to those who are homebound.

If you are interested in supporting Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, co-directors of the annual event, by volunteering a few hours between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Christmas day, please call Ellen at 508-993-5742 or email Servers and drivers needed.


Manya Bark speaks about the plight of the gypsies during the Holocaust

When:  Friday, November 6, 11:00 AM

Where:  800 Purchase Street, 2nd floor, New Bedford, sponsored by Bristol Community College Holocaust Center

Ruth Oppenheim talks about “persistence of memory” in describing her family’s experience on Kristallnacht and their escape from Germany

When:  Sunday, November 8, 3:00 PM

Where:  Tifereth Israel Synagogue, New Bedford

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

When:  Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Where:  Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library, U Mass Dartmouth  (Park in lot 13.)


Israel’s Deputy Consul General to New England Matan Zamir Visits New Bedford

A Joint Program of the Jewish Federation and TI

When:  Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 PM

Where:  Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Zamir will talk about current events in Israel as well as the role of the New England Consulate. Learn more about Zamir here.

One Voice, a collaboration of two musical youth groups – one Jewish, one Arab – from Tel Aviv–Yafo.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford is excited to collaborate with the New Bedford Inter-Church Council to bring this event to a larger and broad-based audience.

When:  Sunday, December 13

Where:  Grace Episcopal Church, 133 School Street, New Bedford

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