Sent:                               November 8, 2013

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 8, 2013

Programs in Our Community- Our Dollars at Work

“Women of the Wall” – On Monday, Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow, Director of the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth led a discussion about “Women of the Wall.” 25 years ago this month, a group of women attending a conference brought a Torah scroll to the women's section of the Western Wall, read the Torah out loud, and prayed together. They were attacked. On Monday in Jerusalem women from all over the world gathered at the Western Wall for a women's prayer service. Monday’s lecture and discussion here in our back yard was in solidarity with them.

Members of the Greater New Bedford Jewish Community and UMass students (pictured) packed the grand library auditorium for this successful program. The Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth is a recipient of financial support from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.


Campaign Pacesetters Evening

N. Richard Greenfield, Publisher of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, All things Jewish, and the Jewish Ledger of Western MA, was the guest speaker at a successful “Pacesetters” event last night. Mr. Greenfield was full of insights and stories about the communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts where his publications have become an institution.

 Federation President Judy Barry set the stage for a successful 2013/14 campaign announcing a personal gift increase of 14% over last year, and asking her fellow “Pacesetters” to consider an across the board 10% increase. The evening was held at the home of Edward and Peggy Barry in Dartmouth. As we approach year-end, Thanksgiving & Hanukah, I ask you to consider doing the same and pledge to make an increased gift to the 2013/14 campaign. I send my thanks to each of you in advance.

 Is Your Child Receiving a PJ Library Book? Is Your Grandchild?

The PJ Library is a wonderful program that provides Jewish children with a FREE age appropriate book on a monthly basis.  The thought behind this program - co-funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation - is to introduce and immerse children in Jewish stories and themes they can enjoy, while building their Jewish libraries. Throughout the year the program celebrates holidays and many other topics taught in the books that the children receive monthly. 

If you have (or know) a Jewish child or grandchild under the age of 7 who is not already a member, please go to and register them so that they can begin to enjoy this wonderful FREE opportunity.  We are already providing books for 30 children and would like to expand. Sign them up today – They will thank you.


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