From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, February 06, 2015 1:00 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 6, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 6, 2015


Campaign 2015

The second mailing of our annual campaign appeal was sent out a couple of weeks ago.  I want to thank those who promptly responded with a check or a pledge to give.  Our community (and Jews everywhere) depends on your generosity.

If you have not yet sent in your gift, please consider doing so now with the return envelope you recently received in the mail or by donating online here.  Our goal is to surpass last year’s total by the close of the campaign on June 30, 2015.  We are 51% of the way there.

Please make your gift or pledge today to help us reach our goal!

Israeli Visitor at the Ziskind School

Aviv Jerbi, one of 18 Israeli emissaries to New England, visited the Ziskind School last week.  Aviv worked some Israeli geography into his activities with the students.  Aviv is the third emissary to visit our community in recent months, with more emissary visits scheduled for March and May.  Follow the link to learn more about the emissary program.



Around the World


Part 1 - Argentina:

For the third week in a row, events in Argentina are making news in the aftermath of prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death.  Anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in a Buenos Aires Jewish neighborhood with posters proclaiming, "A good Jew is a dead Jew.  The good Jew is Nisman."

As the New York Times reports, the ongoing political fallout is reaching the highest echelons of Argentinean government as it was revealed that Nisman was working on a draft requesting the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

In positive news, JTA reports that judge Daniel Rafecas – who is known in Argentina for applying the country’s anti-discrimination law and ordering skinheads to visit the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires as part of their probation – has been tapped to continue Nisman’s work.  The appointment seems solid, but only time will tell.


Part 2 - Washington:

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s planned speech in Congress continues to be a hot topic.  Rob Eshman at the LA Jewish Journal is the latest to ask Netanyahu to “Call off the play.”

Ha’aretz takes it a step further, suggesting Israel’s ambassador to the US, the Miami-born Ron Dermer, has mismanaged the situation and should be fired immediately.  That Dermer worked with Republican pollster Frank Luntz before moving to Israel in 1996 probably does not help.  The entire affair has been good for no one; Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post suggests it may get worse.


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:  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

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