From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Monday, June 06, 2016 10:11 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for June 2, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for June 2, 2016




Annual Meeting

This coming Monday evening at 7:30 PM we will hold the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford. The meeting takes place at the TI library and is open to any members of the community who wish to attend.

And while on the subject of members of the community . . . We have entered the final month of the 2015-16 Campaign and nearly 50 of our members who showed their support last year with a donation have not yet made their voices heard. I encourage all readers of this Bulletin to make an impact and donate today at or by calling 508-997-7471.

Doesn’t It Feel Different When You Know The Building?


According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) there is a spike in anti-Semitism in our area since the start of the year.  I’m not one to suggest these are warning bells, but it is unusual when three synagogues within 100 miles of each other are targeted in a week – not to mention the fact that I pass one of them with regularity.  If, as this JTA article suggests, it is designed to intimidate our community, I suspect these ignorant vandals vastly underestimate our resiliency.

Games We (or They) Play

Last week I suggested some reading regarding the changing developments in Israel’s Defense Ministry. Surprisingly (for me) the liberal leaning Forward’s Gregg Roman suggests that Lieberman, while a novice on defense, may be a good choice for his pragmatism. Most people I speak to in Israel don’t feel that way and it is not surprising (I think) that former defense minister Yaalon is already planning his future political move to challenge Netanyahu as JTA reports.

And while on the subject, it is always worthy to read The Forward’s J.J. Goldberg because, like him or not, agree with him or not, he always makes one think.

Lincoln Bedroom Getaway?


Will the most desired guest room in the world be (one day) occupied by a Jewish (sigh) “in-law from hell” as detailed in this Politico Magazine article?

Should Donald Trump win the White House, there is Charles Kushner – daughter Ivanka’s father-in-law and billionaire jailbird – to host.

And if Hillary Clinton outlasts The Donald, there is Ed Mezvinsky – daughter Chelsea’s father-in-law and fraudulent investment jailbird – to invite.

Either way, the ghosts will have much to gossip about.   

A Writer Finds Her Voice

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King, Jr.


Rachel Weingarten, marketing strategist, author, beauty historian and noted expert on style, marketing and trends, writes here about how she reconciled her public self and private self by finding the courage to speak up about matters important to her as a woman and a Jew.

In part, she writes, “How was it that I, the child of a concentration camp survivor was too frightened to post about my own legacy online for fear of bruising my professional brand while attracting hate when one of the most recognized faces on nighttime television could casually post pictures of his on-set Passover lunch of matzoh and meatballs?”

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