From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, April 14, 2016 2:39 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for April 14, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for April 14, 2016

Passover Food Drive


As Passover approaches, I am happy to report that the food boxes have been assembled and distribution is underway. The Federation tradition of supporting those who struggle to shop and prepare for Passover is a great one.  Thank you for your support of Maot Chittim

If you have not yet contributed, it is not too late.  Please donate at or by mail.









Israel Week in May

This year Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) falls on May 12. As we do each year, we mark Israelfs independence with several events in our community.

Our focus this year is Israeli cuisine. In the past two years Israeli restaurants have won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award. One no longer has to be in Tel Aviv (the food capital of the world, but donft tell anyone as the lines are too long already) to enjoy delicious Israeli food. Last month when I was in New Orleans, I was thrilled to get a table at one of those winning establishments, where chef Alon Shaya earns his award every day.

Michael Solomonov (the other winner and chef at Zahav in Philadelphia) served as a gfood and tour guideh for Roger Sherman in making The Search for Israeli Cuisine, a wonderful documentary that will be one of our feature events during Israel Week next month. On Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 PM we will once again partner with the Whaling Museum and show the film to our community in an event that is open to the public and is FREE of charge. That evening is also AHA! night and we are expecting a terrific experience. 


Earlier that week, on Monday, May 9, Israeli chefs Israel Noah Odels and Tamar Digmi from Afula-Gilboa – our Partnership2Gether area in Israel – will cook for and with us at a dinner event that will take place at Tifereth Israel at 6:00 PM.

Want to know more about Michael Solomonov? Or Israeli cuisine? Check out this piece from Saveur.

Annual Blood Drive

The Federation is hosting an American Red Cross community blood drive at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Tuesday, May 24, 1:00 – 6:00 PM.  Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit  for an appointment.

Note: The St. Lukefs Hospital blood bank closed last year.  The American Red Cross now provides the hospitalfs blood supply.  As a result, blood collected at the blood drive is no longer credited to Federation members as it was in years past.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

Membersf 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

  Judith Klein Exhibits at Cherry & Webb

  David in Art, with speaker Dr. Memory Holloway, art history department

UMass Dartmouth, Liberal Arts, Room 110

·         Thursday, April 28, 2:00 PM

  Annual Yom HaShoah Observance, dedicated to the memory of Mary Schwartz

Speaker John Saunders, survivor of Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Sunday, May 1

6:30 PM Holocaust Memorial, Buttonwood Park

7:00 PM Tifereth Israel Congregation

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