From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, March 14, 2014 1:01 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 14, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 14, 2014

2014 Passover Relief Campaign

At the beginning of the Passover Seder we say, "Let all who are hungry come and eat!"  This is the essence and the focus of the holiday – to share what we have with those who do not.  At this time of the year, we ask the Jewish community to help those less fortunate among us who cannot provide Passover food for themselves and their families.  Please consider making a donation to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford – Passover Appeal.  Passover appeal letters with reply envelopes have been mailed.  Your generous support is very much needed.



Not So Happy Purim Festival in Southern Israel


Southern Israel suffered its heaviest barrage of rockets in over two years with eight rockets, of more than one hundred launched from Gaza, reported landing in urban areas, including one in the center of Sderot and three intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

Code Red sirens sounded out many times throughout the night, calling citizens to their shelters.

Although school opened on Thursday morning, many speedily closed and sent pupils home as rockets continued to fall.  The Israel Air Force has already begun retaliating by targeting terrorist launch pads and ammunition stores.

The Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for the attacks, threatening that, "You haven't yet seen the extent of our capabilities." Netanyahu said that Israel would not stand for attacks during the upcoming Purim festival. "We will hit hard at those who try to destroy our Purim celebrations."

Beating Back the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy – an Op-Ed

In light of recent heightened press about the BDS movement, we’d like to draw your attention to a piece published yesterday (March 11) in JTA, authored by Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America  and JCPA’s Rabbi Steve Gutow, about Israel Action Network and the BDS movement.  This particular piece takes you behind the scenes to understand the thinking and strategy behind the Federations’ commitment to fighting this attack on Israel’s legitimacy. 


Journalist and Author Gal Beckerman at UMass Dartmouth Center for Jewish Culture

Gal Beckerman, opinion editor of the Forward, is the next featured speaker in the lecture series sponsored by the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth.  On Thursday, March 27, 5:30 PM, at the Claire T. Carney Library, Mr. Beckerman will discuss his book, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone:  The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry.  At the end of World War II, nearly three million Jews were trapped inside the Soviet Union – unwanted by a repressive Stalinist state, yet forbidden to leave.  When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry is the inspiring story of their rescue and mass exodus in 1989.



College Scholarships

Making education more affordable for our students is a priority of the Federation.  Children of active members who will be enrolled in college in 2014-15 are encouraged to apply now for a scholarship from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  For more information, contact or call 508-997-7471.  Applications must be submitted no later than April 30.



Shir Ba’Emek – Israeli Choir Coming to Visit Our Community

Listen to this You Tube clip from a Shir Ba’Emek performance and become a fan of the award-winning singing ensemble from Afula-Gilboa, Israel, that will perform here on Sunday, May 18, at 12:30 PM.  Save the date in your calendar now! 


Film Series in Taunton - The Power of Persuasion in Hitler’s Germany

“Propaganda,” Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924, “is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”  During the subsequent two decades, Nazi leaders showed the world bold, new ways to use it.  Through a variety of sophisticated techniques, the Nazi Party sought to sway millions of Germans and other Europeans with appealing ideas of a utopian world along with frightful images of enemies it deemed threats to those dreams.   

Nazis and the Cinema is a Wednesday evening film series being shown at the Taunton Public Library.  The second in the three-film series, Triumph of the Will, is being shown this week on March 19.  The final film, Jud SüB, will be shown April 2.  Films are free and start at 7:00 PM at the Taunton Public Library, 12 Pleasant Street, Taunton.

Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website to view its online exhibition of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda to learn more on the subject.

And, finally, my next Bulletin will be sent to you from Israel where I will spend next week visiting the organizations we help support in the Afula-Gilboa region.

Shabbat Shalom and a Happy Purim,


The Bulletin is a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at