From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, October 01, 2015 2:13 PM

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Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for October 1, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 1, 2015

MacArthur Foundation “Genius” – Four Jews and a Friend of a Jew


The recently announced 2015 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation include four Jewish winners, one of whom, Marina Rustow, a history professor at Princeton University, is using the ancient Cairo Geniza texts to shed new light on Jewish life and on the medieval Middle East.

The “genius grants,” as they have come to be known, provide recipients with a stipend of $625,000 over five years – no strings attached.  The Foundation looks for evidence of exceptional creativity with the potential for more in its fellows. 

Jeffrey Goldberg, whose name and words are regularly found here, interviewed one of this year’s winners, Ta-Nehisi Coates, a friend and colleague at The Atlantic here.  Familiarity and friendship make for an amusing read.

The More Things Stay the Same: Religion and State in Israel


As kids when we were on a bus on a school trip or going somewhere with friends, we would sometimes sing the kind of songs that everyone knew. Somehow the song “Where is Yossele?” made the cut. Most of us didn’t know the story well or at all, but the song remained in the repertoire despite the monotonous lyrics, “Where is Yossele? He is in Holon (a town) studying torah.”

Tablet Magazine has that fascinating 55-year-old story this week and it remains relevant today.

Take the A Train?


During the days when I worked at the Forward (nearly 25 years ago), I took the 2 or the 3 train from 96th Street to 34th Street and walked across to the Workmen’s Circle building on East 33rd where the office of the Forward was at the time. I sometimes took the 1, but only to escape the 110-degree platform for a slow but air conditioned local. The 1-2-3 are on the Upper West Side as are most Jewish lines, but New York continues to change and this week’s Forward explores the Jewishness of the various lines in What Is the Most Jewish Subway Line? 

Ralph Lifshitz to Ralph Lauren to Stefan Larsson


Master of the American fashion universe, Ralph Lauren recently announced that he is stepping down as CEO of the iconic company that bears his name.  Not just a man, but a brand, Lauren’s news is shared in brief in this Forward article 


Gimme Shelter


Rob Eshman – publisher, editor-in-chief, writer and sukkah builder extraordinaire – shares his thoughts about the Jewish holiday and the concept of pilgrimage in all faiths in a recent Jewish Journal blog post.  



Bar the Bride


Here comes the . . . dress.  (Follow-up to last week’s wedding announcement for Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her billionaire businessman boyfriend, Adi Ezra.)  Mazel tov!



Who:  Bristol Community College Holocaust Center

What:  Echoes & Reflections

When: Friday, October 23

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – workshop, Holocaust curriculum education for middle, high school and college instructors and interested community members

1:00 PM – talk by historian and novelist Ronald Florence on his book Emissary to the Doomed dealing with the fate of the Hungarian Jewish population during the last year of WW II  

Where: Jackson Arts Center, BCC, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

Who:  Holocaust Education & Memorial Committee

What:  Screening of Treblinka’s Last Witness

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 PM

Where:  U Mass Dartmouth


Shabbat Shalom, Chag Sameach,


The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at