From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, March 13, 2015 1:00 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

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

The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 13, 2015




Spielberg in New Bedford for Our Big May Event


The plans are in place for a super evening at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Nancy Spielberg (sister of) will join us for a screening of her wonderful film Above and Beyond in the Museum’s newly updated theater. The film starts at 7:00 PM with a pre-screening reception and a post-screening Q & A.

The event is free of charge. RSVP to or 508-997-7471. Space is limited. Respond early to secure your seats!

Check out this PREVIEW:

Elections in Israel This Week

In the past few weeks this space provided a regular stream of information and links regarding the elections and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in Congress. Our Bulletin next week will have a piece about the results for sure. 

In the meantime, let’s speculate. As we enter the last weekend before the elections, it seems like the prime minister may be in trouble. I will be surprised if his Likud party has a good day on Tuesday. In fact, many like the Forward’s J.J. Goldberg suggest he may be in for a serious beating.

Israel has a parliamentary system and winning the vote to become the largest party does not guarantee that the leader of such party is actually able to form a majority government. It is unlikely for any one party to secure even 25 percent of the seats.  Collaboration and the art of politics are at times more important than another seat or vote. Read more on the parliamentary conundrums and pre-election Israel is in Mr. Goldberg’s “I Went to Israel To Ask Voters What They're Really Feeling. They're Confused.”

American Exceptionalism and Anti-Semitism on Campus


In this CNN opinion piece, Barry Kosmin writes that the U.S. tradition of tolerance is challenged by incidents of anti-Semitism on campus.  Is this a precursor to the kind of anti-Semitism Europe is experiencing or is it an example of “youthful excesses of the type that has always marked campus life”?  With racist chants on a bus by members of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon making news this week too, it seems that there is much to be learned and taught at our institutions of higher education.  

And on the same topic, Rob Eshman at the Jewish Journal provides context and perspective here

Passover Appeal

April 3 will be here before you know it. While you prepare your home for the holiday, we are preparing to distribute Passover provisions to members of the community in need. Thank you in advance for your support. You can make a gift via PayPal at or by responding with the envelope provided in the recent mailing.   

If you or anyone you know would like to be considered for this program, please contact All referrals/inquiries are confidential.



Scholarship Applications Available

Members’ children and grandchildren are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the New Bedford section of the National Council of Jewish Women. If interested, please write to or call 508-997-7471.  



Calendar:  Save the Date


WHAT:  Surviving Auschwitz:  A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor (Esther Bauer)

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 4:00 PM

WHERE:  Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, Jackson Arts Center

HOW:  Open to the public; free admission.  Sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center and funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater 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