July 21 2016 The Bulletin




This Week

I can write about the Jewish side of the RNC convention and the anti-Semitic rants that led to shutting down convention live chat.

Or mention that the mayor of Jerusalem skipped the city's Gay Pride Parade.

Or introduce another installment in the Bibi in Africa story as it is reported that Guinea (no longer French Guinea) with 85% Muslim population will establish diplomatic relations with Israel .

Don't ask me how a Kenyan marathoner is going to compete for Israel in the Rio Olympics, but Lonah Chemtai is expected to wear blue and white for the event.

It was nice to see that despite pressure from BLM (Black Lives Mattter) the Mayor of Atlanta (who is African-American) said that the Atlanta police department will continue to be trained by Israeli police officers because, in his words, " I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counter-terrorism techniques in the world and it benefits our police department from that long-standing relationship."

But instead I'll only mention that we are at work on programs for next year and setting up meetings to establish our allocations for next year.

Our budget for the next fiscal year and our financial reports for the fiscal year that just ended are all but finished. By the time the full board meets in September we will be ready to roll.

And, finally, I'm happy to share that the team (including Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman) that brought us Above and Beyond has produced yet another masterpiece of a movie that binds an Israeli miracle with a cast of Americans. This one is a basketball miracle in the order of magnitude of the US Olympic Hockey team's miracle on ice in 1980. On the Map, the movie-see link, will be our first program this fall.  Stay tuned..


New Chapter for Local Farm with Jewish History  

This Sunday, July 24, 6:30-8:00 PM, the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society will present The Helfand Family of Dartmouth at the Russells Mills Schoolhouse, featuring guests Edith and Sophie Helfand and Ruben Goldstein among others.

The Helfand farmhouse was saved from demolition when the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) agreed to restore the property and build its new headquarters there. Since then, much progress with the project has been made, as shared by DNRT here. The Helfand sisters, both in their 90s, remain involved and interested in the historic property, sharing memories at an event last summer and this Sunday. Part of the property has already returned to life with the

To learn more about this property and others with Jewish significance in the area, read the Historical Tour of Jewish New Bedford.



The documentary On the Map will take place in September with exact details to follow.

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 amir@jewishnewbedford.org.