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

Bibi Does Congress

 

 

There was never any doubt that once it came to the actual speech, it would be a very good one. Israel’s prime minister is a good speaker and usually saves his finest moments for the larger audiences generated by an appearance at the UN or Congress.  His speech was true to form. 

That said, there is much doubt it had any impact on Iran or even US foreign policy.  It was nice to see applause for the Jewish State in Congress – or anywhere – but there was very little news that came from the speech beyond the controversial timing and the well-documented White House snub.  As the New York Times put it, “. . . he entered the House of Representatives to thunderous applause, waving his hand like a conquering hero . . . even Washington doesn’t often see this level of exploitative political theater …. [But] offered nothing of substance that was new, making it clear that this performance was all about proving his toughness on security issues ahead of the parliamentary election he faces on March 17.”

Rob Eshman in his “You’re no MosesJewish Journal piece pointed out that the prime minister, while asking for a much better deal, did not propose a better solution.  Several hours after the speech, President Obama made the same point when speaking from the Oval Office.

I am curious to see if the speech has had any impact on pre-election polls.  I have yet to see if polls in Israel will follow that point in the coming days.  I thought the speech itself had a lot of language to diminish the damage that was done by accepting the invitation without coordinating with the White House.  Only time will tell if that truly is the case.

Purim Now and Then

 Rabbi Barry Hartman shared the story of Purim with Autumn Glen residents this week, while Ruth Glicksman, Jewish Family Services Committee chair, and Barbara Glicksman helped prepare hamantashen made from Rice Krispies treats for them.

 

Children especially appreciate Purim.  Perhaps none more so than the boy cited in this excerpt from a blog post in Schmoozing with The Word Mavens:  “We kvell when Yiddish words show up in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.  In 1983, the winningest word was “Purim” correctly spelled by Blake Giddens from New Mexico!  In 2007, contestants were asked to spell lekvar and in 2013, knaidel (spelled just the way we spell it, incidentally) was the winning word. Maybe next year it’ll be hamantashen!

And another writer shares her affinity for the story of Queen Esther in this Tablet Magazine article that tells the story of how she fled revolution-era Iran in 1982.

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 office@jewishnewbedford.org or call 508-997-7471.  

 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 www.jewishnewbedford.org or respond to the mailing sent this week.   

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

 Campaign 2015

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

Calendar:  Save the Date

WHAT:  The Jewish Journey:  America (PBS production)

WHEN:  Sunday, March 8, 2:00 PM

WHERE:  WGBH, local channel 2

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WHAT:  Escape from Auschwitz:  Rudolph Vrba and the Writing of the Auschwitz Chronicles – BBC Production and Robin Vrba

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 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.

 

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WHAT:  Surviving Auschwitz:  A Conversation with a True 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.

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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 @ http://www.zeiterion.org/

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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.

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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

PREVIEW:  http://aboveandbeyondthemovie.com/trailer

 Shabbat Shalom,

Amir

 The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at amir@jewishnewbedford.org