From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:04 PM

To:                                   'New Bedford Jewish Federation'

Subject:                          The Bulletin -- A Community Update for June 30, 2016

The Bulletin - A Community Update for June 30, 2016



Campaign 2016


Sometime next week after the annual campaign is closed I will focus (and express yet again) my appreciation to those who have contributed to Campaign 2016. It is not that I don’t appreciate the more than 200 donors who contributed nearly $200,000. I do. Every day. It is that that my job (this week more than most) requires that I try to reach out to the nearly 40 donors who made a contribution last year and who so far have not made one this year. It is also the last week to make a first-time gift or to come back after a few years away. Just this week we received two donations from new families. Recognizing new donors will also be a part of next week’s note of appreciation.

If you have not yet contributed or made a pledge (payable by December 31), I urge you to do so now. It only takes a minute and you have two days to donate at; or call 508-997-7471; or mail to 467 Hawthorn Street, Dartmouth, MA, 02747. 

Turkey Ties and Terrorism



In the same week that Israel and Turkey announced a deal to end their six-year break in diplomatic relations, terrorists struck at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. Israeli President Rivlin sent a condolence message to the people of Turkey. Relations with Turkey, once the number one vacation target for thousands of Israelis each month, became strained when the Israeli navy stopped the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara from entering Gaza in 2010.


The Dogs of Independence Day



In his book Famous Nathan, Lloyd Handwerker argues that his grandfather Nathan invented what is perhaps our favorite Fourth of July food. While the term fast food was not around before the ‘50s, it was Nathan back in 1916, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, who opened the first “grab joint,” selling frankfurters for five cents.

On Monday, in that very spot, two dozen men and women will compete in the annual hot dog eating contest with qualifying favorite, Joey Chestnut, expected to (again) eat more than 60, win, and take his 10th straight title on the 100th anniversary of the famous stand.  (Joey holds the all-time record of 69). Sonya Thomas’s record of 45 from 2012 looks safe, but if anyone can break it, favorite Miki Sudo can. Learn more about this fascinating chapter in Jewish history in this article from Tablet Magazine. More than a million people watched the event on ESPN last year and as many are expected to again this year. I will not. For health reasons. Watch these promotional videos, though. They are terrific.


Brexit: Red, White and Blues?


I wasn’t sure how to bring Brexit into this week’s Bulletin, but J.J. Goldberg’s journey solved the problem for me. Even if it is more journey and less Brexit. 

Shabbat Shalom and a Happy Fourth of July,


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