From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, February 13, 2015 8:53 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 13, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 13, 2015


On Anti-Semitism in France and g. . . a Dynamic Pluralism That Resists Centralizationh


   In the wake of recent terror attacks, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) promptly organized a solidarity mission to France answering the call to demonstrate our support for Jews there.  Leaders from Jewish communities all over the country participated in this two-day mission and shared highlights of the trip in video messages:  Day #1 and Day #2

   With Netanyahu and Congress in mind, Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner challenges the notion that any one person speaks for Jews worldwide – and the idea that anyone should.

The editorial surmises itfs not all about Netanyahu:  gItfs not simply that we are a fractious bunch whom even Moses had trouble controlling. At least since our great dispersion two millennia ago, wefve learned to find vitality and sustenance in a dynamic pluralism that resists centralization.h  Who speaks for the Jews?  You do.  I do.  We do.

Urban Outfitters Outed by Anti-Defamation League


Once again looking questionably to history for fashion inspiration, Urban Outfitters grabbed the ADLfs attention with a tapestry for sale featuring gray and white stripes and pink triangles reminiscent of clothing worn by gay men in Nazi concentration camps.


Read Abraham Foxmanfs comments here.  For more on the story, see CBS coverage out of San Francisco





John Stewart Bids Adieu to The Daily Show

American political satirist and television host Jon Stewart announced on February 10 that he would leave The Daily Show after a 16-year run before the year is out.  Born into a middle class Jewish family, Stewart considers himself Jewish by ethnicity but irreligious.


Read more about the entertainment industry story here.  And for a taste of Jewish moments from the show check out these clips gathered by JTA.





Demise of the Deli

While no one has written a eulogy for corned beef on rye (though I sometimes cry when I eat a really good one), the Forward explores the reasons behind the dwindling number of Jewish-themed eateries nationally and closer to home. 

Davis Dairy of Rhode Island, where we purchase food for the Passover relief campaign, is featured in the article.

Campaign 2015

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Our goal is to surpass last yearfs total by the close of the campaign on June 30, 2015.  Please make your gift or pledge today to help us reach our goal!




Calendar:  Save the Date


WHAT:  Judith Klein Gallery opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday, February 14, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE:  127 West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford


WHAT:  talk and discussion with professor Sam Lehman-Wilzig, chairman, School of Communication, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Religion and State in Israel:  Past, Present and Future (2015 Election)
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 17, 3:30 – 5:00 PM 
WHERE:  UMass Dartmouth, Campus Center Conference Room (room 218)

[Please park in lot #5.] 
HOW:  sponsored by the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth


WHAT:  Nazi Hunter: Simon Wiesenthal

WHEN:  Thursday, April 16 (Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day), 8:00 PM

WHERE:  Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

HOW:  tickets $20.00/$25.00/$29.00 @


WHAT:  pre-performance book club discussion of Branded on My Arm and in My Soul: a Holocaust Memoir by Abraham Landau

WHEN:  Thursday, April 16, 6:00 PM

WHERE:  Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

HOW:  free and open to the public


WHAT:           Spielberg in New Bedford!

No, not Steven – kid sister Nancy, with her spectacular film Above and Beyond

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 PM

WHERE:         Stay tuned for a surprise venue . . .

A Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater 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