From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Monday, July 11, 2016 9:23 AM

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Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for July 8, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for July 8, 2016


Elie Wiesel, May His Memory Be for a Blessing

At first no one would speak of it, the survivors traumatized and the Diaspora guilt ridden. Then came a voice urging the world to remember the Holocaust – the voice  of Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald Concentration Camps, who died July 2 at age 87. Today, here, we pay tribute to this man among men, who was both common and exceptional.


Wiesel may be best known for his memoir Night, written 10 years after the end of World War II. In this in-depth interview, Wiesel speaks about his writing process and life lessons.

You can read about Wiesel’s life and tributes from friends and colleagues in this New York Times article and then watch the memorable special Oprah, Auschwitz Death Camp, Elie Wiesel in which Wiesel and Oprah revisit the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust. put together some photos and information to remember the Nobel Laureate.

I also have a message from Cindy Yoken, chair of the Holocaust Committee, to share with you:

As I sit here in Budapest, Hungary, I reflect on the life of Elie Wiesel whom we now mourn.  He was truly the greatest spokesman for Holocaust survivors and gave voice to Holocaust victims.  Now after his death we must be his voice and speak out about the horrors of the Holocaust.  Being in Hungary I am fortunate to see the beauty of this city which suffered so much at the hands of the Nazis in 1944.  Elie Wiesel lived in Sighnet in Transylvania part of the Hungarian kingdom and so, Mel and I pay tribute to Elie Wiesel near his birth place.  I would like to dedicate next year's Holocaust program to the memory of Elie Wiesel to bring his voice to the students and community of the Southcoast.

Best, Cindy

Entebbe 40 Years Later


“July 4th marks the 40th anniversary of the famed rescue at Entebbe, in which Israeli commandos flew 2,000 miles into the heart of Africa to bring home over 100 Jewish hostages whose Air France flight had been hijacked to Uganda by Palestinian and German terrorists, abetted by Ugandan strongman Idi Amin.” So starts the fascinating Tablet Magazine article sharing 10 things you probably never knew about Israel's rescue at Entebbe.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a ceremony at Entebbe this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the rescue mission as written about in this Washington Post article, you can revisit the story as told in the ‘70s movies Raid on Entebbe and Victory on Entebbe or in the many books written about this historic and daring event since.

It’s What We Do

A couple of years ago we wanted to redesign the Messenger. It was time. I had no doubt who the person for the job was. There was only one designer I had in mind and I was confident she would take this job. I have worked with Lynn Pelkey since 1994 when I hired her as a junior designer for the New Jersey Jewish News fresh out of college. She was director of design by the time I left the Jewish News seven years later. When she moved to LA a few years later, I introduced her to the team at the LA Jewish Journal where she is now director of design.

On Monday, while on vacation in Canada, Lynn had a seizure and was rushed to the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary with a ruptured aneurysm. As soon as I heard the news I reached out to the executive director of the Jewish Federation in Calgary, Adam Silver, and to their chaplain, Sari Shernofsky, and told them the story. Sari responded quickly, reached out to people she knew at the medical center, and later visited Lynn (and her brother Todd who was traveling with her). The good news now is that Lynn will be leaving the ICU soon and that she landed on the better side of that 50/50 chance of survival.

There are two stories here to tell: one of a friend, a talented designer with a connection to our community; the other about a much larger sense of community, about being there for someone who is almost alone, with a life threatening condition and offering a hand, a smile, some support. As we closed another annual campaign, this is a perfect time for all of us to be proud of what we do. Because if someone asked what is it that we do with donations here and elsewhere, we have another story to tell, one that connects New Bedford, LA, Calgary, New Jersey and everywhere in between.

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