From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:52 PM

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Subject:                          The Bullletin -- A Community Update for June 11, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for June 11, 2015


Our Leadership

Last night at the annual meeting, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford elected a new slate of members and officers and recognized both current and former board members for their service and leadership.


Ellen Hull

(Ellen served as president for the past year and was elected to a full two-year term.)

vice presidents

Ken Lipman

Marty Lipman

Marsha Onufrak

Mike Russell


Stuart Forman


Debbie Forman

continuing board members

Bill Abesh

Pearl Bacdayan

Susan Barnet

Wendy Friedman

Ruth Glicksman

Barbara Gotlib

Rabbi Barry Hartman

Barbara Kaplan

David Novick

Sue Seigal

Cheryl Zeoli

new board member

Ellen Nelson

current board members recognized for service

Ken Ackerman

Andrew Barroll

Ed Barry

Jack Belkin

Jason Falk

Janet Freedman

Cindy Yoken

Alan Zexter

ex-officio permanent members recognized for service

Alan Ades

Judy Barry

Nate Barry z”l

David Cohen

Rubye Finger z”l

Louis Gitlin

Ken Lipman

Jeffery Martin

Judy Pollack

Elliot Rosenfield

Patty Rosenfield

Mike Russell

Peter Russell

Lillian Shwartz

19 Days Left - Federation’s Annual Campaign 2014-15

The work of our Federation this year focused on solid programming, engagement and support for causes both local and abroad as reviewed and allocated by members of the community who volunteer and participate in the process.

We reached out to new people in the community, some of whom added their support to the campaign. Thank you.

over 30 individuals and families in this group and I ask all of you to please consider making a pledge or sending a gift today

Donate online here or mail your gift or pledge to 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747.

Please note that while we ask for your pledge before June 30, payment can be made through December 31.  Thank you for your support!

Is Jerusalem in Israel?

In case you didn’t know, I was born in Jerusalem. In fact, I was the first person born in Jerusalem in 1961. My American passport says I was born there, but next to Jerusalem it does not say Israel. 

The US Supreme Court decided this week that “[r]ecognition [of foreign governments] is a topic on which the Nation must ‘speak with one voice. [t]hat voice must be the President’s,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

Personally I’m with the minority here as presented by Justice Antonin Scalia who proclaimed that the birthplace requirement “does not require the Secretary to make a formal declaration about Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.” Instead, Scalia argued, it is a perfectly proper exercise of Congress’s power over citizenship and naturalization. And if it complicates US foreign policy, the framers understood that. Under their scheme, he wrote, “The President will exercise his powers on the basis of his views, Congress its powers on the basis of its views” – let the chips fall where they may. Scalia ended with what is, to him, a stinging accusation: pragmatism. “[T]he Court’s decision does not rest on text or history or precedent. It instead comes down to ‘functional considerations’ – principally the Court’s perception that the Nation ‘must speak with one voice’ about the status of Jerusalem,” he wrote. Garrett Epps has more on this interesting story.

No country for old men . . . or young.


Jewish Billionaires Left and Right Plan to Fight BDS

Republican kingmaker Sheldon Adelson and his Democratic counterpart (and would-be queenmaker) Haim Saban seem to operate on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Adelson reportedly donated more than $90 million to Republican candidates and super PACs in the last presidential election, while Saban donated $7 million to the Democratic Party. The two Jewish billionaires (Adelson is worth $40.8 billion, Saban $3.4 billion) don’t disagree on everything though.

Last weekend the two, along with Canadian businesswoman Heather Reisman, Israeli-born real-estate developer Adam Milstein (believed to be the organizer of the summit at the Venetian, Adelson’s luxury hotel) and other Jewish power players met to discuss and brainstorm pro-Israel and anti-BDS activism on American campuses.

The Vegas summit marked a shift in approach on the issue of anti-Israel activity on college campuses, the growth of which in recent years has captured a top spot on the Jewish communal agenda. The initiative, in this case, did not come from students on the ground, nor did it emerge from the work of the many organizations involved. Instead, it is an idea coming from wealthy Jewish philanthropists who have decided to take action.

The donors’ invitation to Jewish groups came as somewhat of a surprise to at least some of the invitees. An official with one major group said leaders of the organizations were not aware of the initiative before receiving the last-minute invite and had not been consulted as it was crystallized. Jewish groups attending included Hillel, StandWithUs, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federations of North America. The Israel Action Network, a communal body created specifically to counter BDS and delegitimization of Israel was represented by one of its parent organizations, JFNA.

To read more follow the Forward.

Saban, left; Adelson, right.

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