From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford []

Sent:                               Tuesday, December 29, 2015 2:17 PM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for December 29, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 29, 2015


Thank You


Thank you to all of you (118 to be exact) who have already responded to our first campaign mailing this month.

Also special thanks to all who have sent in their payments for last year’s campaign. As of today all but five of last year’s pledges (due by the end of this week) remain unpaid (that’s 2 percent and is very good).

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.

I hope you have had a chance to review the Messenger where each of you is individually acknowledged for your support.

2016 – An Exciting Calendar of Events

As we welcome 2016, we have several programs to get excited about.

On January 28th we welcome Israeli superstar musician David Broza to the Whaling Museum for what will surely be a special community event. David brings his documentary East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem about recording his album in a Palestinian studio with Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Devoted to resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict and famous for many songs – among them Yihiye Tov (Good Will Prevail) – dating back to the days of the peace talks with Egypt, David has become an ambassador of sorts. He will of course play some songs after the film. This is a can’t-miss event!

Young emissaries from Israel who are visiting many New England communities this year will be our guests that night as well.

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

·         Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM

In February we host Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford

·         Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM



If Not a Slam Dunk - Maybe a 3

Turns out that as 2015 comes to a close, Omri Caspi, the only Israeli player in the league, leads the NBA in 3-point shooting. Not only that, last night he traded threes with the NBA’s best player, Stephen Curry, scoring 36 points for Sacramento and for a while making Golden State look like a regular team.

Yes, his jersey number is 18.

And while on the subject of 18 . . .  I’m not one to get too excited about anything reported by the UN, but in its annual Human Development Index of 188 countries, Israel finished 18th.

Norway (again) won while the US finished 8th.

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