From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:13 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for May 5, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for May 5, 2016




It's Israel Week


Many of you have already reserved your spot for Monday night's dinner. It is not too late to join us if you havenft yet responded.

Visiting Israeli che's Israel Noah Odles and Tamar Salameh Digmi will cook a dinner featuring Israeli cuisine classics in an event cosponsored by the Federation and TI.

Monday, May 9, at 6:00 PM, at TI.

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

Later in the 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.

Donft miss out. And bring your friends.

Yom HaShoah


Photo at left (l-r): Ella Friedman, speaker John Saunders, Mattiya Bark

Photo at right (l-r): Mel Yoken, Cindy Yoken, John Saunders, Annalie Saunders, Claire Levovsky

Last Sunday, the 35th annual Yom HaShoah observance coordinated by the Holocaust Committee featured guest speaker and Holocaust survivor John Saunders.

The event, starting at the Holocaust Monument and continuing on to Tifereth Israel, was both well attended and well received.

Thank you to co-chairs Cindy Yoken and Maria Reed and their dedicated committee members for coordinating this meaningful event for us each year.

Committee member and BCC Holocaust Center director Ron Weisberger wrote after the event, gStudying and learning about history brings us back to understanding the value of the past and the lessons we can learn from it.

Clearly Shoah history does that.h

Game of (Jewish) Thrones


There is very little that hasnft been said about HBO's Game of Thrones. Stories, awards, tours to film sites, dynasty stories and theories.

As the series returns for its 6th season (seems like 20), The Forward's Seth Rogovoy challenges the notion that all has been said about Thrones with a Jewish history version.



Bossing BDS

It is not yet clear if the Boss plans to include Israel on his summer tour.

This, however, did not stop guitar hero Steve Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, from blasting BDSers on his personal Twitter feed, calling Israel boycotters gpolitically ignorant obnoxious idiots.h

Musicians and artists sure have their way with words.

Interesting Twitter exchange followed and some of them are in this link.

Calendar: Save the Date

  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's Hospital blood bank closed last year. 

The American Red Cross now provides the hospital's blood supply.  As a result, blood collected at the blood drive is no longer credited to Federation members as it was in years past.

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