From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 21, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 21, 2014

To a Different Place

I have known Jane Eisner for a number of years.  We collaborate each year on a Jewish journalism award I founded in the memory of David Twersky, an outstanding editor who was a member (with me) of the team that launched the Forward in English.  I once asked David if he was related to the Rabbi Abraham Twersky, grandfather of Rabbi Mosheh Twersky who was murdered in Jerusalem this week.  David (a brilliant, scholarly and secular man) said they were not directly related, but that all Twerskys were.

Jane, the current editor of the Forward, like the publication is known for her liberal positions which I think is important to mention in light of her column this week about how this week’s terror is indeed different.

Rob Eshman at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal talks about the new term “horrorism” and how so many of the known writers on the Middle East seem to have given up hope.


On Your Mark, Get Set, Go:  2015 Campaign Underway


Last week solicitation letters for the 2015 Campaign were mailed.  Our Federation is nothing without your generous support.  Thank you in advance for your gift. 

NOTE:  All outstanding pledges to the 2014 Campaign are due before December 31.


Federation Funds Fall Programs


From this summer’s Israel emergency fund, Stop the Sirens, to now, the Federation has been busy enhancing Jewish living both at home and abroad.  Following are programs in the community to which we contributed programming and funding:

10.28   Film screening and lecture at UMass Dartmouth with Yuval Hameiri and Hadas Goldman

10.29   Zeiterion PAC production of Through the Eyes of a Friend (The World of Anne Frank)

10.31   Lecture and program on Aristedes de Sousa Mendes at BCC

11.2     Breakfast and lecture on Aristedes de Sousa Mendes at Tifereth Israel

11.16   Lecture and presentation on Kristallnacht in Vienna at Tifereth Israel


Bookworms:  Sharing Is Caring

If you have a copy of Abe Landau’s book, Branded on My Arm and in My Soul, and are willing to donate it to a great cause, we’d love to hear from you.  Members of the Holocaust Committee are planning a curriculum project to bring into local schools.  About 25 copies of Landau’s book are needed.  Mail to Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747, or drop off at the Federation Office located at Tifereth Israel synagogue. 

Raise Your Hand!

Volunteers are needed to support the Jewish community’s longstanding tradition of providing Christmas dinner for the elderly.  Each year, volunteers from the community serve hundreds of turkey dinners to area senior citizens in the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford, and deliver additional meals to those who are homebound.  Bridging religious and generational gaps, this festive event caps a season of celebration and good will.  If you are interested in supporting Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, co-directors of the event, by volunteering a few hours between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Christmas day, please call Ellen at 508-993-5742 or email  Servers and drivers needed.

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