From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, August 06, 2015 2:41 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for August 6, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for August 6, 2015

Homegrown Terror

“We are determined to vigorously fight manifestations of hate, fanaticism and terrorism from whatever side… Our policy toward these crimes is zero tolerance.”

-   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sixteen-year-old Shira Banki, a high school student, attended last week’s Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance.  She did not return home.  One of six people stabbed at the event by a Heredi Orthodox Jewish assailant, Banki later died of her wounds.

Just hours later, in the West Bank village of Duma, the home of a Palestinian family of four, asleep in the early morning hours, was firebombed by Jewish militants from a nearby settlement.  Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the attack.  His four-year-old brother and parents suffered severe burns.

In the days since, there has been much internal and external thought on the why and what now in the face of increasing Israeli terrorism. 

The why . . .

A suspect in the bombing is being held on “administrative detention” but will be released in days.  Read about  Meir Ettinger, activist for Israeli settlers' rights, in The Tablet.

In the Forward, J.J. Goldberg writes about why Jewish terror is different this time, speaking of apocalyptic hysteria and messianists.  In The Atlantic, learn about “price-tag” attacks as terrorism.

The what now . . .

In JTA US Jewish groups task Israel with reining in its Jewish extremists.

While from Israel, Aaron Panken, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, wrote in an opinion piece for the Jewish Journal that the time for Israel to become a leader in religious pluralism – to be a “country that embraces ideological difference as an essential strength” – is now.

For the Deal

Jeffrey Goldberg recently talked to California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who has decided to come out in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement.  Read about how this Jewish American came to his decision here in The Atlantic.  Will other skeptics soon follow suit?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was his usual confident, eloquent self when he spoke to more than 10,000 Jewish professionals and community leaders this week in a web cast that was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Jewish Organizations.  The topic?  You guessed it.  IRAN.

I invite you to watch his address.

Have You Heard the One About the Jewish President . . .

Meet Bernie Sanders, socialist son of a Jewish immigrant father, junior United States Senator from Vermont, and candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.  In this piece in The Atlantic, we learn about Mr. Sanders’ Scandinavian ideals as well as intellectual xenophobia and American Exceptionalism in politics.



Corned Beef on Rye, Please

You don’t have to be Jewish to love a good Jewish deli.  If you’re a fan of kreplach and matzoh ball soup, you’ll appreciate DeliMan, an original documentary about the American Jewish deli. 

Check out the DeliMan official website and the movie on YouTube.

We Want You!

One of the volunteers who water shrubs weekly at the Holocaust Monument in Buttonwood Park has asked that we find another person to assume this responsibility.  Are you that person?  Please write to if interested.

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