From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, August 08, 2014 11:56 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for August 8, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for August 8, 2014


Ceasefire in Israel? – Not Really


Moments after the ceasefire expired at 8:00 AM local time, militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets on southern Israel.  In response, Israel launched air strikes.  Two Israeli civilians were injured and one Palestinian was killed.  The relative calm and pull back of ground forces lasted less than 72 hours. 

With more than 30 infiltration tunnels destroyed and Israeli soldiers facing daily risk in combat, it will be interesting to see if in the coming days the ground operation will resume or if the response will be limited to air strikes and long distance weapons.

During the three days of relative calm, military units used the time to rest and regroup while communities throughout the south began what will likely be a long recovery process.  Whether lasting calm is ahead remains to be seen, but such planning must start now.

Jewish Federations across America are actively raising funds to support the populations and communities most severely affected by the recent escalation while also providing services and relief for the longer term and the wider population. 

Our support focuses on:

1.       Trauma support and psychological counseling

2.       Restoring hope, optimism and a sense of normalcy to the communities most severely affected

3.       Providing respite for first-line responders

4.       Economic recovery with an emphasis on small businesses particularly vulnerable in the wake of the conflict

Your support is needed now. 

You can send a donation to the Federation and indicate that the funds be directed to the Israel Emergency Campaign.  These funds will be sent to Israel immediately.

THANK YOU in advance for your support.


I Read This Week

Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a very good piece in The Atlantic this week.  He rarely disappoints. 

The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman – no stranger to the region – made some important observations in his dispatch from just outside Gaza.

Cindy Yoken’s Tribute to a Dedicated Holocaust Committee Member

It was with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Father Marc Bergeron.  He will be sadly missed as he was a dedicated member of our committee for over 20 years.   Father Bergeron believed in Holocaust education and was always ready to give his opinion and his support for all of what we did over the years.  I will miss his smile and his attendance at our meetings.  He attended our last meeting on July 10, just three weeks before his death.  I have made a donation to the Holocaust Committee in his memory and I hope you will do the same.  I would like to dedicate this year's programs in his memory.  Please share your thoughts about Father Marc Bergeron with me and also any ideas about what we can do to perpetuate his memory.

Cindy Yoken-Holocaust Committee Chair



Food, the International Language

If you would like to participate in a future cooking lesson and/or are willing to host, please contact the Federation at  Groups of three to four people are ideal.  This is a fun and fulfilling way to support our mission of strengthening ties between our community and Israel.  Culinary school degrees and toques are not required; enthusiasm and an appetite for bonding through food are!

For Your Calendar

August 13, Wednesday, 7:00 PM, Tifereth Israel small social hall

National Council of Jewish Women, New Bedford Chapter, Scholarship Awards Night

Please RSVP to Saralee Salk at 508-992-8245.

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