From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:46 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for January 21, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for January 21, 2016



Reserve Your Seat TODAY - Donft Miss Out!

Last year we hosted Nancy Spielberg at the Whaling Museum in what was an extraordinary event.

We start 2016 with another outstanding guest, Israeli superstar musician David Broza.


David brings his documentary East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem about recording his album in East Jerusalem at a Palestinian studio (check out the preceding promotional clip) featuring Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Devoted to resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict and famous for many songs – among them Yihiye Tov (Good Will Prevail) – dating back to the days of the peace talks with Egypt, David has become an ambassador of sorts.

He will of course play some songs after the film. This is a canft-miss event! I hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 28th

At the New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford

·     Refreshments and photo ops from 6:30 PM

·     Program begins at 7:00 PM

FOR TICKETS: Reserve your seat(s) now at or 508-997-7471.

(The event is open to the community and is free of charge. Donations to the Federation in support of programming are always appreciated.)




Clueless in the Middle East and Labels of a Large Variety


  The Gatestone Institute is not on my regular list of sources but this report by Khaled Abu Toameh demonstrates how clueless some Middle East reporters can be and by extension how inaccurate the reporting that follows is.

  Jane Eisner of The Forward is a regular source of information here and this week she has an interesting opinion on West Bank-made products and their labels when exported. While the rules are likely to have a minimal impact as these exports only make 2% of the total, it is indeed a possible slippery slope here.

  Nearly every country in the Middle East proscribes homosexuality. Many countries worldwide do. In the Middle East there is one notable exception – you guessed it – Israel.

All of that didnft matter when earlier this week, the National LGBTQ Task Force chose to ally itself not with the one country in the Middle East that guarantees and protects the human rights of LGBTQ people, but with those who hang them from construction cranes. It took 36 hours and most likely the impact and work of high-profile gay Jews like Congressman Jared Polis and Robbie Kaplan for the Task Force to reverse its decision to cancel an Israel-themed evening, an event originally described (by Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey) as gintensely divisive.h In a later statement Careyfs gintensely divisiveh take on the event changed to gour core value of inclusion.h Congratulations. It is never too late to discover core values. Read the full story.

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