Sent:                               December 13, 2013

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 13, 2013

2013-14 Annual Campaign Underway

 It has been a very pleasant experience to be in the office this week.  Gifts and pledges to the 2014 annual campaign have been filling the mailbox!  Your generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford is both heart-warming and empowering.  With it, we can provide the services and supports that are essential to our mission.  If you have not yet responded to the Federation’s annual campaign appeal, please consider increasing your contribution for 2013-2014.  If you have already responded, thank you! 

 [Note:  Payment on outstanding pledge balances for the 2012-2013 annual campaign is due by December 31st.] 

Programs in Our Community – The PJ Library

"Thank you for this wonderful program!  The free books and music are always favorites.  We look forward to them every month," said one parent in appreciation of the PJ Library.  The Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, funds the monthly delivery of age-appropriate Jewish-themed books and music to every member of the community aged six months to seven years old.  If your child or grandchild is not yet enrolled, please sign up at the PJ Library site.  More than three million books to nearly 200 communities (including Israel, Mexico, and Canada) have already been delivered by the program.  It is our goal to reach everyone in our community.

Feeding the Community

Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a program that feeds the homeless, is based locally at St. Paul’s Church on the corner of Rockdale Avenue and Kempton Street.  Please contact Ken Shwartz at kenshwartz@gmail.com or 508-353-0154 for volunteer information.

Volunteers are also needed to support the Jewish community’s longstanding tradition of providing Christmas dinner for the elderly.  Each year, volunteers from the community serve hundreds of turkey dinners to area senior citizens in the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford, and deliver additional meals to those who are homebound.  Bridging religious and generational gaps, this festive event caps a season of celebration and good will. If you are interested in supporting Ellen Hull and Stan Levine, co-directors of the event, by volunteering a few hours between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Christmas day, please call Ellen at 508-993-5742 or email tucker1300@gmail.com.  Servers and drivers needed.      

Shabbat Shalom,
Amir

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