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NOTE:  The following Bulletin was prepared by Michelle Poirier while Amir is with family in Israel.  In next weekís Bulletin, look for Amirís election day impressions and experiences.



The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 20, 2015



And the Winner Is . . .

Bibiís last-minute shenanigans may have won him the election, but was this Faustian folly or politics as usual ŗ la Israel?  Can Prime Minister Netanyahu undo the damage done in his pursuit of the crown?  The Forwardís J.J. Goldberg walks us through the challenges Bibi faces now here

Columnist Rob Eshman explores the disconnect between American and Israeli Jewry as evidenced in reaction to the elections in this piece from The Jewish Journal



How ĎBout Them Polls?

Tell that to Truman.

Truman got the last laugh in 1948, Bibi in 2015.  While some have given the comparable situations great thought, as Rafael Medoff of does here, many more were simply left wondering how the polls got it so wrong.  Could cultural roots and bad poll science be at fault?  Or did undecided voters swayed by Bibi's savvy at-the-wire politicking skew the results? 

Itís complicated.

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 Museumís 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:

Annual Scholarsí Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches

Cindy Yoken, co-chair of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee, and Ron Weisberger, coordinator of the Bristol Community College Holocaust Center, have just returned from the Annual Scholarsí Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches held at Temple University. The theme this year was From Living History to Memory.  Cindy especially appreciated the film Treblinkaís Last Witness shown there.  If you are interested in reading Cindyís full report from the conference, please contact and it will be forwarded to you.

Below left Ron Weisberger greets Marcia Sachs Littell, vice president and wife of Franklin H. Littell, conference cofounder.

Passover Preparedness

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .  Oh, wait.  Wrong holiday, wrong faith.  But just like Christians do much to prepare for that holiday, we Jews put in significant effort to prepare for Passover.  If you havenít already, make like a Boy Scout and be prepared.  Passover will be here in just two short weeks!

To alleviate the tedium of cleaning, list-making, shopping, cooking and, yes, cleaning, there is this, a little ditty to hum while searching out the nefarious hidden chametz:    

Sung to the tune of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music.

Out with the chametz, no pasta, no knishes
Fish that's gefillted, horseradish that stings
These are a few of our Passover things. 

Matzoh and karpas and chopped-up haroset
Shank bones and Kiddish and Yiddish neuroses
Tante who kvetches and uncle who sings
These are a few of our Passover things.  

Motzi and maror and trouble with Pharaohs
Famines and locusts and slaves with wheelbarrows
Matzoh balls floating and eggshells that cling
These are a few of our Passover things.

When the plagues strike
When the lice bite
When we're feeling sad
We simply remember our Passover things
And then we don't feel so bad!


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

Membersí 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


NOTE:  If you would like to attend an event, but need a ride, please contact the Federation to make arrangements.


WHAT:  Claire T. Carney Library Associatesí Ninth Annual Authorsí Brunch and Fundraiser featuring five authors, including Federation member and author of Reclaiming the Feminist Vision, Janet Freedman

WHEN:  Sunday, March 29, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

WHERE:  UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons (shuttle service from Parking Lot 7)

WHY:  to benefit the Veteransí Reading Room

HOW:  $35/ticket  Contact for more information.


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