From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford []

Sent:                               Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:03 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for April 9, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for April 9, 2015



Did I Mention Iran?


Prime Minister Netanyahu dominated Sunday morning television with lengthy appearances on NBC, ABC and CNN.  Just doing his job.  The Forward’s J.J. Goldberg congratulates the prime minister for his significant role in making the Iran threat so central in world politics.  He also suggests a victory lap might be in order.  However, Bibi being Bibi is sounding the alarm bells (again, this is his job).  Goldberg asks four (very good) questions of Netanyahu in his column, discussing the agreement and the history leading to it in detail.  It is well worth reading it all.

Our other favorite Goldberg (Jeffrey) makes an interesting point in The Atlantic about how Netanyahu can (and should) use his key political opponent in repairing the relationship with the US, a point originally made by Ha’aretz editor Aluf Ben.  Goldberg, many times a passenger in my car 20 years ago, once commented on my driving as we were making our way up Madison Avenue.  I was not sure then (or now) if he was complimenting me or was simply scared.  He often has a signature line – one that sticks with you – like that day in the car. In his Atlantic column it is, “Netanyahu will most likely fail in his attempt to kill the deal, assuming Iran can bring itself to sign off on its still-undecided requirements (right now, the deal is much more "framework" than "agreement").  It is difficult for a small country, even one backed by Sheldon Adelson, to defeat a superpower.  And it is very difficult to go up against a president who believes, as Barack Obama apparently does, that the Iran deal may be his signature foreign-policy achievement.”  The full article is well worth the time.

The Jewish Federations of North America also addressed the issue with a statement urging caution and proposing congressional review of any future deal. Here is the full statement.

Passover Anomaly Reported

It wasn’t the matzah or any kind of chametz, but something did rise for Passover this year and we have you to thank for it.  Those who benefited from the Federation’s Passover relief campaign – over 40 individuals – reported rising spirits and much appreciation when presented with an assortment of kosher-for-Passover staples.  To the many generous donors who contributed a total of $3,333.00 to the fund, todah rabah.


Excitement Is Building for the Big Event – Spielberg in New Bedford – RSVP today!

Nancy Spielberg (sister of) will join us 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:

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

NOTE:  If you would like to attend an event, but need a ride, please contact the Federation to make arrangements.


WHAT:  Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France, authors’ presentation (Sarah Lew Miller and Joyce B. Lazarus)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

WHERE:  Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

HOW:  Free and open to the public.  Please park in Lot 13.


WHAT:  Nazi Hunter: Simon Wiesenthal

WHEN:  Thursday, April 16 (Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day), 8:00 PM

WHERE:  Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

HOW:  tickets $20.00/$25.00/$29.00 @


WHAT:  pre-performance book club discussion of Branded on My Arm and in My Soul: a Holocaust Memoir by Abraham Landau

WHEN:  Thursday, April 16, 6:00 PM

WHERE:  Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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