From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, December 18, 2015 10:34 AM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for December 18, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 18, 2015


No Travel Zone

JTA reports today that the State Department has decided to renew its travel warning for Israel.

Sorry, folks, but I'll be leaving as planned on Saturday night. And while I'm at it, I'll be on the soon-to-be-cancelled American Airlines flight from Philadelphia. I will continue to travel with no regard for such notices and hope that those of you who plan to travel to San Bernardino or Paris during the holiday season do the same.

Young Emissaries Visit Ziskind School Students


Israeli Young Emissaries Sagi and Amit visited the Ziskind School on Thursday. The children created a Western Wall replica and discussed the similarities and differences between Israeli and American teenagers.


Christmas Dinner with Jewish Flair

I will not be able to participate in the traditional Christmas dinner where mostly Jewish volunteers serve area senior citizens like I have for the past two years, but I hope some of you will. The dinner takes place at the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford. Of particular need at this point are drivers to deliver additional meals to those who are homebound.

Contact Ellen Hull or Stan Levine, co-directors of the annual event, if you'd like to volunteer for a few hours between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Christmas day. Call Ellen at 508-993-5742 or email



May the Schwartz Be With You


At the White House Hanukkah party last week, standing alongside Israeli President Rivlin, President Obama said, "All of us come together, along with Jews around the world, to celebrate a band of Maccabees who inspire us even today. They were outnumbered. They were out-armed. And yet they proved that freedom can prevail over tyranny. Hope can triumph over despair. Light can prevail over darkness. That sounds like a description of the new Star Wars movie."

In his Star Wars parody Spaceballs, Mel Brooks was one of the first to turn the (then) trilogy into Yiddish shtick and coined that hilarious phrase, "May the Schwartz be with you." As installment seven is about to hit thousands of screens worldwide, The Forward's Seth Rogovoy has more about the Jewish side of Star Wars.



More on Israel on College Campuses

In his opinion piece "Don't be surprised when activists connect Israel to campus rape," Jay Michaelson brings up "intersectionality," a term that was introduced by Kimberly Crenshaw in 1989. Intersectionality refers to the way social identities and forms of oppression overlap and intersect. In his piece he also brings up how intersectionality doomed any effort to stop the boycott of Israeli academics by the National Women's Studies Association. Scholars like our own Janet Freedman also explains this in her Forward Sisterhood / HBI piece.

Calendar of Events

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


I last week's coverage of Hanukkah at Autumn Glen, the following volunteers were inadvertently left out of the piece: Myra Goldberg, Barbara Glicksman, Kala Joblon and Ann Porter. Thank you, ladies, for bringing holiday cheer to the residents of Autumn Glen.

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