From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:34 PM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for December 10, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 10, 2015

Thank You


The first mailing of pledge cards took place last week and you have responded. Thank you to all of you who did and did so quickly. Our community relies on your generosity. It is greatly appreciated and I want to thank everyone for it.

It also helps when we receive early responses because we then have fewer letters to mail a second or third time around. Please help us stay efficient and make your pledge early.

In the current issue of the Messenger (should be in your mailbox this week) we also thank those who have been generous last year. Please take the time to read it.

Hanukkah at Autumn Glen


Rabbi Kanter, Ruth Glicksman and Cindy Yoken celebrated Hanukkah with Autumn Glen residents this week. Menorah crafting madness ensued. J 


And If You Need More from Hanukkah, There Is This

Just because you do latkes and menorahs doesnft mean you know all there is to know about the miracle (and frivolity) that is Hanukkah. For instance, dreidels were Irish before they were Jewish. True. Read about the origin of this Yiddish word.

Looking for new ways to add a sparkle to the celebration? Check out these irreverent ideas.

And how about a Hanukkah face-off between Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson? Matt holds his own.




No Trump Card for Jews

While I am not sure about the Donald's fluency in Yiddish, Rob Eshman in the LA Jewish Journal suggests that most Jews have one word for him. Feh. 

Xenophobia is not likely to get much support in this country. If there is a community where it is perhaps least likely to succeed, it is probably the Jewish community.

Turning Point?

For two generations Israel has been guided by a notion (or operated as if) the status quo in the West Bank is sustainable. It appears that inside Israelfs security forces that may no longer be the case.  The Forwardfs JJ Goldberg has more.


Christmas Meal Volunteers Needed

Itfs the most wonderful time of the year to practice tikkun olam.  When Jews serve Christians a classic holiday meal, it makes for a most beloved holiday tradition in our community. Volunteers are needed to serve 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.

If you are interested in supporting Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, co-directors of the annual 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.

Calendar of Events


(Group will perform for President Obama at the United Nations that day instead.)

A collaboration of two musical youth groups – one Jewish, one Arab – from Tel Aviv–Yafo

Grace Episcopal Church, 133 School Street, New Bedford

·         Sunday, December 13, 5:30 PM

David Broza

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford

·         Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM

Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford

·         Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM

Tenement Museum and Katzfs Delicatessen

Manhattan's Lower East Side

·         Sunday, April 10, day trip

Holocaust Survivor: Martin Weiss, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

·         Sunday, April 10

Etty, A One-Woman Theatrical Play by Susan Stein, sponsored by the BCC Holocaust Center

Based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, the play is based in 1941 when Etty, a young Jewish Dutch woman, is living in German-occupied Amsterdam.

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River

·         Wednesday, March 30

Lawyers Without Rights

The Lawyers Without Rights exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany — stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.

UMass Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library Living Room 

·         Monday – Monday, May 2 - 9

Chag 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