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The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 19, 2014




Hanukkah at the White House

  It appears that the big story out of the White House Hanukkah party was a remark captured by Los Angeles Jewish Journal publisher David Suissa, who reports the POTUS actually said at the party that he was Jewish in his soul. 

True to second night and second candle there was a second Hanukkah party at the White House later that day for the A-list where Gwyneth Paltrow was in attendance but may not have liked being pictured if the Washington Post is your source of choice.

On a more serious note and back to the first party of the day, it was a particularly happy day for a party with news of the release of Alan Gross from prison in Cuba coming out earlier. In his holiday message the president mentioned the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim, or freeing of the captives, and it appears that the light was even more special yesterday.




Hanukkah Comes to a Neighborhood Near You

  Featured in the Saturday, December 13, edition of The Standard-Times, Cheryl Herman and her sons Parker and Gavin shared Hanukkah holiday traditions with a visiting reporter and her young friend.  If you didnít see the story in the paper, read it here.  Looking good, Herman family!

  On Monday, December 15, Rabbi Barry Hartman joined Ruth Glicksman, Cindy Yoken and I at Autumn Glen, where he shared the traditions and story of Hanukkah with residents.  Much fun was had by all.

  On Thursday, December 18, Cindy Yoken and Marsha Onufrak, co-chair and a member of the Holocaust Committee respectively, spoke to the entire 7th grade at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School in Mattapoisett about the story of Hanukkah and its traditions.  Organized by history teacher Nathan Orie, the event was part of an entire day of Jewish cultural study.  Dreidels were distributed.  The delicious smell of latkes, brought in from home for extra credit, was in the air.  Electric menorah candles were lit.  Chag Urim Semeach!


Letís Talk Turkey

Our own beloved president, Ellen Hull, is featured in this article about services for Southcoast seniors from the December 7 issue of The Standard-Times.  In it, she speaks about her work for Dartmouth seniors as well as the Federationís sponsorship of the annual Christmas dinner.

Volunteers are needed to support the Jewish communityís 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.



If you have an outstanding pledge for Campaign 2014, please make your payment before December 31, just under two weeks from now.  Thank you in advance for your generous support.


If you want to claim your Campaign 2015 donation when preparing taxes in a couple of months, now is a great time to mail in your gift.

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