From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, November 07, 2014 1:00 AM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 7, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 7, 2014

To Balmier Climes


As you read this, I am en route to Israel to visit family and friends.  The weather forecast predicts highs in the 80s for much of the week.  While it will be a hardship to leave behind the unpredictable fall weather of New England (snow, anyone?), I am up to the challenge.  Michelle Poirier will be in the office as usual if you need anything and will send next week’s Bulletin.    




A Hero’s Story

Last Friday, the Bristol Community College Holocaust Center and the Luso-American Center sponsored a very successful conference, Light in a Time of Darkness, focusing on Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France, during World War II who signed 30,000 visas for refugees escaping France to enter Portugal.  The Holocaust Center is supported, in part, by Federation funding. 

Approximately 150 people attended the conference on Friday to listen to Professor Douglas Wheeler speak about the history of Portugal during the war and to Robert Jacobvitz, who is the Florida representative on the National Advisory Council of the Sousa Mendes Foundation.  Mr. Jacobvitz also spoke at a breakfast at Tifereth Israel on Sunday morning at which time he updated the audience about how he began the process of restoring the name of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and having him finally honored and recognized in Portugal.  He began this journey at TI on April 29, 1987, when he spoke here with John Paul Abranches, the youngest son of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. 

The Holocaust Education and Memorial Committee invites the community to its upcoming Kristallnacht commemoration (see Calendar section below for details).


Photo at left:  Cindy Yoken, Mel Yoken, Rona Trachtenberg, Robert Jacobvitz, Ron Weisberger and Diane Bolton surrounding portrait of de Sousa Mendes

Photo at right:  Douglas Wheeler and Robert Jacobvitz


Young Emissaries School Ziskind Students

Israeli emissaries Ron Peleg and Noa Brosh visited the Ziskind School last week, sharing their culture and food with the students.  They began with a visual lesson, slides and a map of their home in Afula.  Ron and Noa then engaged the students in a quiz game to reinforce what they had just taught the students.  The emissaries also brought all the fixings for a delicious Israeli feast.  The group went into the kitchen, chopped and peeled, and created a yummy Israeli salad.  Noa and Ron also brought hummus and pita and it was all devoured!  The students are still talking about their visit and how much fun it was, all while learning. 

The SNEC Israel Young Emissary Program is a 10-month-long volunteer service experience sponsored jointly by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC), which is a partnership of 12 Jewish Federations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Israeli high school graduates from the Afula-Gilboa region who choose to defer their army service are trained to serve as young ambassadors of Israel to the communities in their partnership region in Southern New England. 

The mission of the Young Emissary program is to strengthen the ties between the two regions by building living bridges through people-to-people connections and by strengthening the ties to Israel amongst the Jewish people living in the host communities.

For Your Calendar

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

Following Kristallnacht in Vienna: The November Pogrom of 1938 and Its Impact on Emigration

Lecture and PowerPoint presentation by UMass Dartmouth professor Ilana Offenberger

WHEN:  Sunday, November 16, 3:00 PM

WHERE:  Tifereth Israel Synagogue

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