From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Monday, June 23, 2014 9:30 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for June 20, 2014

NOTE:  Due to technical difficulties, this edition of the Bulletin was sent but not delivered to your email late last week.  Resending now, minus pictures. 

The Bulletin - A Community Update for June 20, 2014

American Jews United in Support of Missing Israeli Teenagers

Jews across America are united in their prayers for the safe return of Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, last seen at a hitchhiking post near Gush Etzion, a Jewish settlement bloc in the West Bank, last week.  The Jewish Federations of North America set up a web page to express solidarity.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Hamas for kidnapping the teens and holds the Palestinian Authority responsible, spurring the biggest West Bank crackdown on the militant group in almost a decade.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?!

Apparently Israelis are.  Israel is not in the World Cup.  None of the star players is Jewish.  Yet Israelis have purchased more tickets per capita than citizens of any other country without a team in the games. 

Meanwhile, USA soccer fans – who do have a team in the Cup – are celebrating the 2–1 win over Ghana, its nemesis in the last two Cups.  Be sure to root for the home team in Sunday’s game against Portugal!  (Though for some in our community, the game is sure to be one of conflicting loyalties.)  

A Note from Israel

Here in Israel, where I'm spending the week for a family event, the two main topics of conversation have been the three kidnapped boys and the World Cup.  Regardless of political opinion, everyone's heart goes out to the families.  There is growing fear with every passing day that their boys were murdered on the very first night.  The World Cup provides a perfect distraction in this soccer-crazed country.  With Israel not participating, there are fans here for many different nations.  Team USA is not rated highly here despite a solid win in the first game.  After our hope for a happy conclusion of the kidnapping, I join those who pick the Dutch team to win from among those teams with a realistic chance.

Bucket Brigade Volunteers Needed

This spring new shrubs and trees were planted at the Holocaust Monument, enhancing what is already a beautiful and meaningful memorial place for those who lost their lives during the Holocaust.  As you likely know, newly planted shrubs and trees are thirsty.  For the first two years, until the plants are established, they must be regularly watered.

Marty Lipman has graciously volunteered to tend to the trees and Pam Cole, Ellen Hull, Maria LaTour, Claire Levovsky, Marsha Onufrak and Cindy Yoken of the Holocaust Committee have committed to watering shrubs.  Thank you.  Many more volunteers are needed for this project, though.

If you are willing to water, please contact the Federation at 508-997-7471 or at office@jewishnewbedford.org for your assignment.  Just eight gallons a week of water and the four shrubs assigned to you will be happy.  Green is good.

  

Campaign Coming to a Close

If you have not yet sent your gift or made a pledge, please consider doing so now.  June 30 will be here before you know it.  (Pledges can be paid up to December 31.)  Your participation in our annual campaign makes a real difference in real people’s lives.

Make a gift online here or mail to Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747.

Shabbat Shalom,

Amir

The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at amir@jewishnewbedford.org