From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, July 03, 2014 3:27 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for July 4, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for July 4, 2014



Spending time in Israel last week before the murdered bodies of the three teens were found, I was thinking and talking to people about the days just prior to the kidnapping.  I thought, and most confirmed, it was a relative period of calm by the region’s standards.  There are always rhetoric and headlines, but it was calm.  Who, then, would want that to be over? 

I usually read columns by Ben Dror Yemini; we are Facebook friends (and actually know each other) and it is not surprising to me that his column is the one I want to share in the aftermath of this tragedy.  

Another well-made point comes from Nahum Barnea, one of Israel’s most senior journalists about patience and planning and not acting out of haste.  It reminds me of a great scene from the movie  42  when Jackie Robinson asks Branch Rickey if he is looking for a player with the guts to fight back, to which he replies, “NO, I want the player who’s got the guts NOT to fight back.


(And, yes, somewhere in here I think I may have given Bibi a compliment.)

In this J.J. Goldberg blog from the Forward, the players and the motives behind the deaths of three Israeli teens and one Palestinian teen are fleshed out.  Gilad Shaar, 16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16 – with so much life and promise ahead of them – all had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Memorial Fund for Israeli Teens

The Jewish Federations of North America, in response to a query about a memorial fund, is directing people to the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for the Victims of Terror.  This fund has already been used in the past few weeks to support the Fraenkel, Shaar and Yifrach families, even before the tragic outcome was learned.  Donors who are looking for an appropriate way to respond to the tragedy might consider a special gift to this fund, which, sadly, will continue to need resources in the future. 

Gifts should be directed through our Federation to the United Israel Appeal office in New York as part of its management of overseas supplemental funding opportunities.  Make checks payable to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford with a note in the memo line about the restriction. 

BCC Holocaust Center Program:  Save the Date

The Bristol Community College Holocaust Center, in conjunction with Temple Beth El, presents Out of the Whirlwind:  Jewish Songs of Lament, Protest, and Resistance:  1933 – 1947 on Sunday, August 3, 1:30 PM, at Temple Beth El, 385 High Street, Fall River.  The program features a lecture and recital by Brian Nedvin, lyric tenor and professor of music at Old Dominion University, with Cantor Shoshana Brown of Temple Beth El.  This program is free and open to the public. 


You Better Shop Around

While no miracle, it is good advice.  Smokey Robinson was singing about love, but his words of wisdom apply to commerce too.  When you shop Amazon (and who doesn’t?), shop via AmazonSmile and the Federation will receive 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products.

Follow this link or simply type AmazonSmile into a search engine and open the link that way.  Same Amazon experience and savings for you and a donation for us; win-win.

Water Me, Please!


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.

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



Campaign 2013-2014 Concludes

Thank you to all who contributed or pledged to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford’s campaign!  With your support, with our community, Jewish life here and abroad is strengthened and realized more fully.  Look to this summer’s Messenger for campaign totals and donor lists.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy 4th of July,



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