From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Friday, March 21, 2014 11:43 AM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 21, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for March 21, 2014

Greetings, everyone, from sunny Israel!  While visiting family, I took a day to tour some of the projects the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford supports in the Afula-Gilboa region through its participation in the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) of Jewish Federations.

The day started with a visit to the Tarbut Community, where a group of artist-educators have settled.  Working through the arts with adults, children and youth-at-risk from underprivileged neighborhoods, these young professionals staff evening and afternoon cultural programs.  This week participants worked on costume designs of their own and led a Purim parade through town.

At the local office of the Women to Women Rape Crisis Center, we met with the director who told us about the programs offered to educate the community and the extraordinary work they do with victims. 

Then we were off to Beit Singer, where more than 90 children, ages five to 18, live in a safe environment their homes cannot provide.  Each is matched with a school program that best suits his or her individual needs.  In addition, all participate in caring for dozens of animals at a small petting zoo that is part of the facility.

At Emek Hospital, a new neonatal intensive care unit will soon be added, making the hospital, already the largest local employer, even bigger while increasing its research capabilities and services.

The day concluded at Nachmani Wines, where 1,500 bottles are produced each year.  Hosted by proprietor David Nachmani, we enjoyed tasting the 2010 vintage and observed the 2011, 2012 and 2013 wines in various stages of production.

At the end of the day, I am happy to report that the many programs you support, in part, through your generous gifts to the Federation are thriving – as is Israel.

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.  If you have already contributed, thank you.



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:  Community Events


March 27, Thursday, 5:30 PM, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

Gal Beckerman discusses his book, When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone:  The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry

April 2, Wednesday, 7:00 PM, Taunton Public Library

Jud SüB, an example of Nazi propaganda, screening

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