From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, May 02, 2014 1:00 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for May 2, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for May 2, 2014



In Celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut



Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day commemorating e Israel’s Independence with friends at the Federation .  

Sunday, May 18, events include:

•Lunch, served before the performance of:

•The award-winning singing ensemble SHIR Ba’Emek (check out this clip) from Afula-Gilboa, Israel, 12:00 PM.


Shir Ba’emek members stay with host families after the concert on May 18th.  If you are interested in hosting please email us at

•Like every year on the final day of Hebrew School we will hold our annual BLOOD DRIVE.


Days of Remembrance

Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, falls on April 27 through May 4 this year.  Mayor Jon Mitchell presented an official proclamation declaring the City of New Bedford’s participation to members of the Holocaust Committee at the Yom Ha’Shoah event.




Disobedience:  the Sousa Mendes Story

Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass-Dartmouth is holding a public screening and discussion of the award-winning film Disobedience:  the Sousa Mendes Story.  The event – free and open to the public – takes place in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library (Parking Lot 13). 

When Nazis invaded France, one man defied his government and granted exit visas to 30,000 refugees, including 10,000 Jews.  The man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux.



National Council of Jewish Women  Event

You are invited to hear guest speaker Dr. Ann Partridge, director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Brigham & Women’s Hospital, speak at Tifereth Israel in the Small Social Hall on Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 PM.  A dessert reception will follow.  Please RSVP by May 9 to 508-990-2151 or 508-990-2058.  This event is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women New Bedford Section.



Yom HaShoah

Sunday’s Yom HaShoah event at the Holocaust Monument, followed by a program at Tifereth Israel featuring guest speaker Dr. Sharon Delmendo, was a great success!  Dr. Delmendo spoke about Holocaust rescue and resistance in the Philippines.  Over 100 people attended this annual event.  

Ivone Rego-Cass of New Bedford said, “It was such an amazing experience to attend yesterday's Holocaust Memorial ceremony.  To share in the remembrance with our beautiful community was comforting.  It confirmed that people have not forgotten and yet proved there is lots to be done to continue to preserve history.”

Dr. Sharon Delmendo, Cynthia Yoken, Mel Yoken in photo at left; Holocaust Memorial program in photo at right



Annual Campaign

Where has the year gone?  I know.  It’s only May.  But the fiscal year ends June 30.  If you have not contributed or pledged to our 2013-14 campaign, expect to hear from us in the coming week with a renewed appeal for your support.  With you, there is no Federation!  And with no Federation, our community would be greatly diminished.  Thank you in advance for your generous support.


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