From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:24 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for October 15, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 15, 2015

Intifada of Knives

In Jerusalem this week, a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist attacked a 13-year-old boy who was riding his bike to get some candy at a local store. A passing car hit and injured the young terrorist who was at first mistakenly reported dead. He is now being cared for in an Israeli hospital. The terrorist was not acting alone; his 15-year-old cousin attacked a 25-year-old man with a knife before being shot by security. This is but one of dozens of stories from Israel this week.

The picture above and this violent video captures an attack by a terrorist driving a car into a crowded bus stop. Viewer discretion is advised.

The LA Times asks if this is another Intifada, but the semantics are not the issue. This escalation has claimed many lives, injured many more and has disrupted the entire country.

Avi Issaacharoff in the Times of Israel calls it the Jerusalem Intifada, but I’m having a hard time with how to explain that to victims in other areas.

Like the Clinton-Sanders debate this week that came and went without a mention of Israel (more on that at another time), the State Department has all but ignored the situation. In The Forward,  Nathan Guttman writes: “While all sides agree that America’s silence in light of the increasing violence is unusual, there is also a clear consensus that there is little the Obama administration can do to repair the situation or restore calm.” Read more.

JFNA Statement


Meanwhile the Jewish Federations of North America has issued a statement on recent violence in Israel.

Young Emissaries Come to Town


Omri and Lihi, two participants in this year’s SNEC Israeli Young Emissary program, visited the Federation and Ziskind School at Tifereth Israel this week.  They are speaking with Ellen Hull, Federation president, in the photo at left and working with students on an Israel geography lesson in the photo at right.

Psst . . . Someone Tell the Celebs

The nose knows: Between 2000 and 2014, the number of nose jobs performed annually in the United States went down by 44%.  Writing in The Forward that beauty standards have become more inclusive, one writer delves into the back-story of the rise and fall of the (still) second most popular type of plastic surgery.  Who knew that rhinoplasty originated in prewar Berlin?

Fish and Chips: A Jewish Recipe from Portugal to England

If you live in the greater New Bedford area, you are very familiar with fish (fried, and prepared in any other conceivable way) and Portuguese food.  That fish and chips is considered of English origin was always beside the point.  But now we learn there is the the Jewish connection.  




Echoes & Reflections workshop

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, sponsored by Bristol Community College Holocaust Center

Screening of Treblinka’s Last Witness

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 PM

Where:  U Mass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library, sponsored by Holocaust Education & Memorial Committee

Manya Bark speaks about the plight of the gypsies during the Holocaust

When:  Friday, November 6, 11:00 AM

Where:  800 Purchase Street, 2nd floor, New Bedford, sponsored by Bristol Community College Holocaust Center

Ruth Oppenheim talks about “persistence of memory” in describing her family’s experience on Kristallnacht and their escape from Germany

When:  Sunday, November 8, 3:00 PM

Where:  Tifereth Israel Synagogue, New Bedford, sponsored by Bristol Community College Holocaust Center

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

When:  Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Where:  Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library, U Mass Dartmouth  (Park in lot 13.)

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