From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:23 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for February 11, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for February 11, 2016



Program Change – With Apologies to All

I have learned this week that Vanessa Hidary (The Hebrew Mamita) who was scheduled to perform February 25 at our next Federation event at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center will have to withdraw for medical reasons.

We are working on a new and exciting program to substitute for this lost opportunity. Stay tuned.

Campaign 2016


Many of you have already pledged and sent in your gi't for the 2016 campaign. Thank you! As of this week we are 59% of the way toward our goal and need 94 more individual gi'ts to reach our second goal of 240 gi'ts this year. Your Federation is counting on you.

Please send in your gi't or make a pledge today. Donate online at; call 508-997-7471; or email me at



A Jewish Winner in a Primary Election – A First


Not something anyone would have thought possible a few months ago, but Bernie Sanders has not only defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primaries, he has taken a chapter from the Denver Broncos defense and made it look easy. Jewish history in the making if you read the headline from JTA. The Forward was quick to speculate about Hillary's planned fight back in Israel.

The Forward's Jane Eisner tackles the burning Bernie question: Can Bernie Sanders Bring Socialism Back to Life? A professed proponent of democratic socialism, Bernie would take down his target top 1% of wealthy individuals and li't up young Millennials in search of a free college education. Revolutionary.

That's Entertainment


In a political season that has been anything but predictable, you can count on one man to be anything but politic: Donald Trump. The Donald has banked a billionaire's worth of chutzpah over the years and is cashing it in on the campaign trail. Jewish? No. But that hasn't stopped Jews from painting him with a Jewish brush.

Rob Eshman of the Jewish Journal wrote about the difference between Don Rickles and Donald Trump a'ter the comedian's recent one-night-only, sold-out performance. And a Tablet Magazine article makes the case for Trump as the last of the great Vaudevillians. 


My week across Israel in five pictures

I am happy to share a report by's Eliana Rudee who visited Israel and offers five different pictures and stories from her time there. Viewer's discretion is NOT at all advised.

Calendar: Save the Date

  Henry Horenstein Animalia

Henry, board member Ruth Glicksman's brother, is a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited around the world and published more than 30 books.

University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth, Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford

·         February 18 – March 20, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, gallery show (free and open to the public)

·         Thursday, March 3, 6:00 PM, reception, talk and book signing w/ artist

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

Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River (Jackson Arts Center)

·         Thursday, March 3, 4:00 PM

  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 (Jackson Arts Center)

·         Wednesday, March 30, 2:00 PM

  Tenement Museum and Katz's Delicatessen

Manhattan's Lower East Side

·         Sunday, April 10, day trip

  New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home 50th Anniversary Celebration

·         Sunday, September 18, 5:30 PM

SPECIAL REQUEST:  If you have Convalescent Home memorabilia (pictures, brochures, etc.) that you are willing to donate/share, please contact Carol at the NBJCH at 508-997-9314.

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