From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, October 10, 2014 1:01 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 10, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 10, 2014

The Messenger

The newly designed Jewish Messenger will be in your mailbox in the coming days.  In this issue we recognize those who have contributed generously to the Federation’s annual campaign and other special programs and efforts.  In the issue you will find a cross section of items about our programs as well as our progress.  I hope you like what you see and read.

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On Tuesday, October 28, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth will host Israeli film director and 2014 Sundance Film Festival Award-Winner Yuval Hameiri in the Grand Reading Room of UMass Dartmouth’s Claire T. Carney Library.  Together we will watch and discuss his award-winning short film “I think this is the closest to how the footage looked.”  The program includes lunch and is free and open to the public.  

For Your Calendar

Light in a Time of Darkness:  Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, Rescuer

Co-sponsored by LusoCentro and BCC Holocaust Center

Guest speakers:  Dr. Robert Wheeler and Mr. Robert Jacobvitz

Film:  Disobedience:  The Sousa Mendes Story

Open to the public.  Free admission.  Lunch provided.

WHEN:  Friday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  (Registration starts at 9:00 AM.)

WHERE:  Jackson Arts Center Auditorium, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

RSVP:  508-678-2811 ext. 2442 or

Perception Is Reality


Last summer’s conflict in Israel and Gaza played out differently depending upon where you watched the media coverage.  TVs across America and the rest of the world showed scenes of Palestinian civilians being wounded and killed, entire neighborhoods destroyed.  Public opinion skewed heavily against overly aggressive Israeli tactics.  TVs in Israel showed another picture entirely.  On a 24-7 loop, news coverage provided emergency information, political debate and patriotic substantiation – little of Gaza.  Public opinion there naturally skewed in support of Israel’s defense of its statehood.  The end result?  Entrenchment of estrangement.  Wars, after all, are fought by people.  And people are very much swayed by what they do and do not see.  Read this Tablet Magazine article for a balanced Israeli perspective of media coverage of the war.

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sukkot 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