From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:10 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for March 10, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 10, 2016

On Terror and Guitars

Three weeks ago in the final few hours before my flight back to Boston, I walked on the beach in Tel Aviv. It was 83 degrees and knowing it was 75 degrees colder in New England made it even more fun. I continued to walk south were Tel Aviv ends and Yafo begins. I was on my way to the Clock Tower square to the Abouelafia Bakery. One last bite at my feta-filled favorite.


On the other side of the square I passed the Halilit music store and glanced at the guitars and drum sets in the window. The Abulafia family bakery has been there for 137 years and the owners are model citizens and activists for tolerance. In fact their work t-shirts say "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.h

On Tuesday a terrorist struck in that neighborhood, killing American student Taylor Force. A graduate student at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Force served in the US Army and was a 2009 West Point graduate. His wife was injured by the terrorist. Read more about the incident in this New York Times article.

As the events were taking place, Yishai Montgomery was playing his guitar when he heard noise and saw the attacker coming toward him with a knife. He did the first thing that came to mind and hit the terrorist in the head with his guitar, saying of the interaction, gI saw a man run at me with a knife; I ran at him with the guitar and smashed it in his head. He was so stunned and didnft know what to do with himself and then started running away.h This only slowed down the attacker, but Montgomery ran after him shouting, gTerrorist! Terrorist!h to make sure people got out of harmfs way. Montgomery was dubbed gguitar heroh on social media. Halilit, whose owner witnessed the events, awarded Montgomery with a brand new guitar.

Bibi or POTUS

The bottom line is that a meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu will NOT take place on March 18th. That the sides disagree on how it almost happened and who pulled out and how matters less. JTA has more, but I think neither really wanted this meeting and that is probably why it wonft happen.


Local New Bedford Klein Makes Slingshot - Again

For the 11th year, Slingshot released the annual guide to North Americafs most innovative Jewish organizations. Slingshot e16  is a resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects. Among the hundreds of organizations that applied for inclusion, 50 were selected – evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.

Not for the first time Keshet, an organization working for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life, has made the list. The organization is led by New Bedford native Idit Klein, daughter of Federation members Judith and Andrei Klein.


Scholarship Applications Now Available

Membersf children and grandchildren are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the New Bedford section of the National Council of Jewish Women. If interested, please write to or call 508-997-7471. 




Calendar: Save the Date

  gFriendshiph Closing Reception at Judith Klein Art Gallery

127 W. Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford

·         Thursday, March 10 (AHA! Night), 5:00 – 8:00 PM

  Henry Horenstein Animalia


Henry, board member Ruth Glicksmanfs 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)

  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fs Delicatessen

Manhattan's Lower East Side

·         Sunday, April 10, day trip, departing TI parking lot 8:00 AM

Cost: $25/adult; $15/child for lunch at Katzfs. Federation will pick up the transportation cost.

Register NOW (through March 18th):

Email; call (508) 997-7471;

or mail to Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747   

  Reverend Dr. Robert Lawrence Civic Engagement Summit

A discussion on race, religion and service, building bridges that empower and strengthen our communities.

UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons

·         Friday, April 15, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  David in Art, with speaker Dr. Memory Holloway, art history department

UMass Dartmouth, Liberal Arts, Room 110

·         Thursday, April 28, 2:00 PM

  Annual Yom HaShoah Observance, dedicated to the memory of Mary Schwartz

Speaker John Saunders, survivor of Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Sunday, May 1

6:30 PM Holocaust Memorial, Buttonwood Park

7:00 PM Tifereth Israel Congregation

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