From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, December 03, 2015 2:15 PM


Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for December 3, 2015

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 3, 2015

Israel’s Deputy Consul in the Community

Matan Zamir                                                                  Rabbi Kanter, Zamir and Stan Sherman, TI pres.             


Amir Cohen, Federation exec. director; Zamir; Sherman; and Ken Turkewitz, TI exec. director

On Wednesday night, Israel’s Deputy Consul General to New England, Matan Zamir, visited New Bedford for a joint program of the Jewish Federation and Tifereth Israel. Zamir participated in a meet-and-greet session in the Library prior to his talk in the Chapel. The deputy consul spoke about his career and his experience in India in a position similar to the one he holds now. He also spoke about Israel, answering questions from audience members about how Israel is covered in the media. It was a great event!

We are thankful and happy to have hosted a person of this caliber in our community.

Campaign 2016

If it’s the end of the year, it’s campaign kickoff! The appeal letters have been mailed. Now we just need your prompt and generous response to support Jewish living both in our community and abroad through the Jewish Federation of Greater new Bedford.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and financial support. We appreciate all that you do.


Hanukkah Happens

Dust off the menorah, grate the potatoes, stock up on band-aids (your grandmother was wrong – knuckle blood is not on the ingredient list) – it’s Hanukkah! Make it a happy one with the best Hanukkah recipes and the story of Hanukkah told in a thoroughly modern way.   

We Are All Jews


When Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, he became the senior officer in his POW camp. The Germans wanted the Jewish prisoners to identify themselves so that they could be removed from the general population. Under Edmonds’ command all of the American POWs showed up that morning. When questioned about the size of the group by the threatening German leader, Edmonds replied, “We are all Jews.” Edmonds prevailed, saving the lives of his Jewish comrades.

This week Master Sergeant received the posthumous honor of Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. He is the first American serviceman and only one of five Americans to be to be so recognized. Read more of his story here.   


These Boots Were Made for Walking?


Dr. Martens Vegan – it’s a thing.   

According to Israeli news sources, nearly five percent of Israelis now forgo meat, dairy, and eggs, making the Jewish state the most vegan nation, per capita, in the world. What that means for the Israeli military – mandatory for most residents – is adaptation and compromise. Leather-free boots, wool-free berets and, natch, vegan food are now the order of the day. Read about this new trend in The Atlantic.



Christmas Meal Volunteers Needed

It’s 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 Katz’s Delicatessen

Manhattan's Lower East Side

·         Sunday, April 10, day trip


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