From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, October 31, 2014 1:01 AM

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Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 31, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for October 31, 2014

Sundance Film Festival Winner Shares His Vision


“I started to work not in the studio but with the community,” explained Yuval Hameiri as he talked about his calling to bring meaning to his art through education of underprivileged children in the Tarbut Community of Afula, Israel.  “Suddenly I felt my work had some new meaning.  Every artist is an educator.”

On Tuesday, October 28, Yuval’s award-winning short film I think this is the closest to how the footage looked was shown at UMass Dartmouth to a receptive audience.  The screening was followed by a question-and-answer period with the filmmaker.  Yuval shared the inspiration for his film:  About 10 years ago, on what turned out to be the last day of her life, Yuval’s mother was filmed interacting with her immediate family.  After she died, Yuval awoke during the night to watch the video.  He rewound the tape but was too distraught to watch more than 10 seconds or so of the footage.  A few hours later, his father woke up while Yuval slept and expressed his grief by filming the empty spaces of their home, left bare by the absence of their beloved wife and mother.  He did not realize that Yuval had rewound the tape.  The footage of Yuval’s mother’s last day was taped over and lost.  I think this is the closest to how the footage looked creatively recreates this story.  

The Tarbut Community is one of the programs the Federation supports in Israel through SNEC.  Tuesday’s event was cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth. 

Later that same day, Federation Pacesetters, members who make a gift of $500 or more to the Annual Campaign, viewed the film and enjoyed dinner with the director and Tarbut founder Hadas Goldman at the home of Marsha and John Onufrak in anticipation of the start of the 2015 Campaign.  


The World of Anne Frank Comes to Life


Members of the Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee joined an audience of  local middle school students at Dartmouth High School on Wednesday, October 29, for the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center’s Arts in Education production Through the Eyes of a Friend: The World of Anne Frank.  The multi-media presentation from Living Voices uses historical perspective based upon real people and events and a solo actor to bring audience members into the world of Anne Frank.  The performance was followed by a question-and-answer session during which  children shared their knowledge of this devastating time in history and the lessons learned. 

Actress Elizabeth Rainer appears in the photo to the left.  In the photo to the right, Holocaust Committee members Daphne Siegal, Maria Sanguinetti, Marsha Onufrak, Susan Benesch, Diane Bolton and Cindy Yoken stand with Rosemary Gill, co-director of the Zeiterion, on the stage.

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

Judith Klein Gallery Anniversary Show

Opening Artists Reception

WHEN:  Saturday, November 1, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE:  127 West Rodney French Boulevard, Door #31, New Bedford

Berlin:  70 Years After the Holocaust

Lecture by Helen Kagan

Co-sponsored by the Cranston Public Library and the Holocaust Education & Resource Center of Rhode Island

WHEN:  Sunday, November 2, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

WHERE:  Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI

Anti-Semitism in Europe Today

Lecture by journalist Roger Cohen

Open to the public.  Free admission.

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 PM

WHERE:  Falmouth Jewish Congregation, East End Meeting House, 7 Hatchville Road, Falmouth

Newsworthy This Week


It is no secret that there is much tension between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Some –like the Forward’s J.J. Goldberg - might say the state of this relationship, leaks, and verbal exchange is at a low not dissimilar to the days of  “Bush 41” when Secretary James Baker infamously said “F… the Jews.”  This week, in what is perhaps a record low verbal expression, a White House official referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as “Chickenshit,” suggesting he is a coward and won’t face members of his own coalition on the tougher aspects of building expansion in East Jerusalem.

The White House has apologized.  ADL has declared the issue done.  The Presidents Conference is not satisfied though.

There are some fine, and if you have a good sense of humor about such events (I recommend it), also fun columns to read.  My former Forward colleague Jeffery Goldberg, who broke the story, is parked very much in the Obama camp while others like Pam Geller, who is very much at the other side of the spectrum, remind us that Netanyahu did spend his military service in Israel’s special forces (known as The Unit, so exclusive and heroic are they).

My personal opinion is that mistakes (too many and some very silly) were made on both sides and I have shared the above links to so that you can see for yourself and decide on your own. Regardless of our conclusions, I’m fairly confident that this too shall pass.

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