From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:46 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for April 16, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for April 16, 2015



We [The Federation] Support That

         Tom Dugan, Marsha Onufrak and Mayor Jon Mitchell

On Wednesday, Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day, playwright and actor Tom Dugan received a citation from the New Bedford City Council at the Buttonwood Park Holocaust Memorial for “harnessing the power of the performing arts to call attention to historically significant moments of the human experience.”  Dugan, actor and playwright of Nazi Hunter: Simon Wiesenthal, is set to perform at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center today for area students in the morning and the general public at 8:00 PM.  Tickets available at   

S. Barnet, C. Yoken, T. Dugan, M. Onufrak & M. LaTour-Reed

Also on Wednesday, authors Sarah Lew Miller and Joyce B. Lazarus spoke at UMass Dartmouth about their book Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France, a memoir about the childhood and young adulthood of Ms. Lew Miller, a young Jewish girl living in Paris at the time of the Nazi occupation.  The Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth organized this event.

Both the performance and lecture received financial support from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford. 

                Joyce Lazarus and Sarah Lew Miller


Yom HaShoah Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance

Holocaust Memorial in Budapest (left) and speaker Robert Fokos (right).

Plan to join us for the Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance on Sunday, April 26, at 6:15 PM at the Holocaust Monument in Buttonwood Park.  This year the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp liberators will be commemorated.

Following this ceremony and a candlelight procession to Tifereth Israel, Robert Fokos, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, will speak about rediscovering his Jewish roots later in life.  This part of the program starts at 7:00 PM.  Dessert reception follows.


Yom HaShoah in Israel

And in Israel earlier today, all stopped to honor those lost in the Holocaust



Half the Seats Filled – Spielberg in New Bedford – RSVP today!

Don’t miss your chance to join Nancy Spielberg (sister of) for a screening of her wonderful film Above and Beyond in the Whaling Museum’s newly updated theater.  The film is this year’s big event of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and is free of charge.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  RSVP to or 508-997-7471.  Space is limited.    

Check out this PREVIEW:

Yin and Yang of Lausanne Framework

What separates Jerusalem and Tehran is a lot more than the 970 miles between the capitals.  Not even worth starting the list here.  But it’s interesting to note the divide between two columnists at the same publication as they debate the strengths and weaknesses of the Lausanne framework for controlling Iran’s nuclear program and its impact on these capitals’ countries.  One argues for the canniness of the deal, while the other pans it as a shortsighted compromise.  The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, though.  This Washington Post piece takes a look at the posturing and rhetoric still underway.         

Scholarship Applications Available

Members’ children and grandchildren are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the New Bedford section of the National Council of Jewish Women. If interested, please write to or call 508-997-7471.  


Calendar:  Save the Date

WHAT:  Yom HaShoah, Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance  

WHEN:  Sunday, April 26, 6:15 PM

WHERE:  Holocaust Monument, Buttonwood Park (followed by guest speaker Robert Fokos at Tifereth Israel Congregation)

HOW:  Free and open to the public. 


WHAT:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

WHEN:  Sunday, May 17, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE:  Tifereth Israel

HOW:  Registration details will be provided soon.

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