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The Bulletin - A Community Update for April 28, 2016

Yom HaShoah Annual Observance This Sunday

Our 35th Holocaust Memorial Service is this Sunday.

We will gather at the Holocaust Monument in Buttonwood Park at 6:15 PM. At the end of the service at the monument we will walk in a candlelit procession to Tifereth Israel Synagogue for a memorial program featuring guest speaker John Saunders.  At this yearís event we will also honor Mary Schwartz, the very first chair of the Federationís Holocaust Committee.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.




And Just Around the Corner - Israel Week

An invitation has been mailed to you this week for our Israel Week events.


On Monday, May 9, at 6:00 PM, visiting Israeli chefs Israel Noah Odles and Tamar Salameh Digmi will cook a dinner featuring Israeli cuisine classics in an event cosponsored by the Federation and TI.

Call (508) 997-7471for reservations. $18 per person.

Later that week, on Thursday May 12, at 7:00 PM we continue Israel week at the Whaling Museum with a wonderful documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine.


Meanwhile at Harvard

On April 14 Harvard Law School hosted former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni. At the event a student (later identified as Husam El-Qoulaq) posed the following question to former Israeli minister Livni:

How is it that you are so smelly?  He asked.

Itís regarding your odor . . . He continued when the first question induced puzzlement.

Harvard worked very hard to keep the identity of the student a secret (perhaps someone might want to point out to the folks at the wealthiest university on the planet that such an attempt in this day and age is simply idiotic) and sure enough a few days later El Qoulaq was identified. That he is (of course) active in Students for Justice in Palestine is no surprise. SJPís main campus activity is disrupting any activity involving Jewish and Israeli agendas and this was simply another example. (Of note Ė Livniís politics are Center Left.)

Ed Whelan in the National Review seems very unhappy about this whole affair and suggests that Harvardís attempts to hide (rather than discipline) would encourage more of the same behavior.

Interestingly, Martha Minow, dean at Harvard Law, who could have weighed in on the side of discipline in this case was herself disrupted by Harvard Law students when receiving an award at Brandeis a few weeks before.

Personally I think it is important for the identity of the student to come out. For that matter I hope the identity of each of the 11 Jewish students who came out in support of El Qoulaq would be identified as well. (They are not kids; they are soon to be lawyers and study at perhaps the most prestigious law school in the world.) What a nice addition it might make to their resumes under the part of sound judgment.

The Wall Street Journalís Bret Stephens took the events in a different direction and shed some light on the sources of funding for SJP and the like. A very interesting read.


Elsewhere in the White House

On Saturday night President Obama will host yet another super cast of musicians at the White House. If there is a reason to want to be president, I think this has to be it. Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Sting and so many others have all performed on the White House stage. How is this night different from any other night you ask? Well, Israeli musician Eli Djibri will be there this time with Pat Metheny, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and many others in celebration of International Jazz Day.  Iíll certainly be watching it on ABC Ė set your DVR at the very least.

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