From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:05 PM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for May 28, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for May 28, 2015



ONLY 4 Weeks Left - Federation’s Annual Campaign 2014-15

The work of our Federation this year focused on solid programming, engagement and support for causes both local and abroad as reviewed and allocated by members of the community who volunteer and participate in the process.

As far as our campaign goals, we were reaching out to new people to engage them and some have also added their support to the campaign.

But to succeed we must not lose ground and for that to happen it is important that those who participated in the annual campaign last year do so this year as well.  There are almost 50 such individuals and families and I ask all of you to please consider making a pledge or sending a gift today.  Donate online here or mail your gift or pledge to 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747.

Please note that while we ask for your pledge before June 30, payment can be made through December 31.  Thank you for your support!

Obama Goes to Shul

Once dubbed America’s “first Jewish president” by writer Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama has recently come under significant criticism [in Jewish circles] for being overly critical of Israel while too soft (or naďve) on Iran.

The president however had Israel very much on his mind last week.  Speaking [again] at length with Goldberg (the third such interview of his presidency) in advance of a May 22 speech at Adas Israel congregation in Washington, D.C., Obama idealized an Israel that was while also talking about one that could be.  Obama expects much from the Israeli state, perhaps more than it does of itself.  In the LA Jewish Journal David Suissa suggests the President’s love might be for the “wrong” Israel.

All of this is context for the most pressing matter on the Middle Eastern table now – the looming June 30 Iran negotiation deadline.  President Obama’s nuclear non-proliferation goals hang on the support for and success of this deal.  So for now he and Bibi, if not making nice, are shelving the antagonistic rhetoric as per Ron Kampeas for JTA.

For extra credit I enclose the entire conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic

Holocaust Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

Photo taken at last week’s event, featuring Roosevelt Middle School students and Holocaust Committee member Maria LaTour-Reed’s mother, Zofia Turko, a Holocaust survivor.

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