From:                              New Bedford Jewish Federation []

Sent:                               Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:08 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 14, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 14, 2014




In the News:  Abe Foxman to Retire; Florida Not Just Old Jews Anymore


Abraham H. Foxman – Abe Foxman to well . . . everybody – announced this week that after 27 years at its helm, he will retire in July 2015 from the Anti-Defamation League, perhaps the world’s most prominent organization founded to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry.

“Abe is irreplaceable,” President Obama said in a statement, “but the causes that he has dedicated his life to will continue to inspire people in the United States, Israel, and around the world.”

For more on this decision and its impact, I recommend:

an article from the Forward;

and an article by Seth Lipsky (20 years ago my boss when we were both at the Forward) in the New York Post.

Also of interest this week is a JTA article about Jewish life in Florida titled Not Just Old Jews Anymore.

A combination of factors – lower costs of living than in the Northeast, the lack of state income tax, Jewish institutional infrastructure, the draw of Miami to Latin American immigrants and, yes, the weather – has helped turn Florida into one of America’s largest, most diverse and most unusual Jewish communities.

Afula’s Yuval Hameiri Wins at the Sundance Film Festival


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford is one of 12 Jewish Federations in Massachusetts and Connecticut that form SNEC (Southern New England Consortium).  Through a project called Partnership 2Gether, SNEC works to enhance local ties to the Afula-Gilboa region in Israel.  One of the programs we support, Tarbut, is an "urban kibbutz" based in Afula.  Young adults there work with children and adults in the poorest neighborhoods.  One of the leaders of Tarbut, Yuval Hameiri, directed the film I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked.  The film overcame 8,161 entries from around the world to win the Short Film Jury Prize: Non-fiction Short Film.  Congratulations, Yuval!

Upcoming at UMass Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture

On Tuesday, February 25, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, Dr. David Kertzer of Brown University will speak on The Vatican, the Pope and the Path to Italy's 1938 Racial Laws.  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be based on Dr. Kertzer’s book, recently published by Random House.


2013-14 Annual Campaign – More Thanks

Pledges and gifts to the 2014 annual campaign continue to come in.  Thank you for your generous support.

If you have not yet made your contribution, please consider making your pledge or contribution today.  

Shabbat Shalom,


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