Sent:                               December 27, 2013

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 27, 2013

In Our Community

Our community’s longstanding tradition of providing Christmas dinner for the elderly continued this year as volunteers served hundreds of turkey dinners to area senior citizens in the parish hall of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.  Pictured are some of the “Team Kitchen” members:  Ruth Glicksman, Toby Levine, Myra Goldberg, Sean Preston, Miriam London, Lori Preston and Ilene Levine.  Meals were also delivered to dozens of citizens who are homebound.  Thanks to Channel 10 for this news report.

2013-14 Annual Campaign – More Thanks

Thank you!  More than 95% of the pledges made for last year’s campaign have been paid.

With a few days remaining - as pledges are due by December 31st – it is a show of the terrific support from our community. Furthermore, some of you who had not pledged to support the campaign sent a contribution anyway.  Thank you for your generosity. 

Pledges and gifts to the 2014 annual campaign continue to come in.  With your generous support, the Jewish Federation can achieve its goal of fostering a vibrant, collaborative Jewish community.  From enhancing Jewish education through support of the Ziskind School for Judaism, the PJ Library, the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth and Birthright Israel to supporting local families with social services referrals, kosher meals-on-wheels and Passover food, your gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford makes a difference in the lives of Jews at home and abroad.

In the News

Edgar Bronfman Sr., a former Seagram executive and president of the World Jewish Congress for nearly 30 years, died in New York this week.  Bronfman devoted much of his life to advocating for Judaism and Jewish causes.  He traveled to the Soviet Union in 1970 to lobby for greater freedom for Jews living there and helped to win restitution for Holocaust victims from Swiss banks in 1997.  President Bill Clinton awarded Bronfman the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.  Bronfman also exposed the Nazi past of former Austrian president Kurt Waldheim.  "He was the first of his kind, a titan of industry that dedicated himself fully to advocating, advancing and encouraging the Jewish people," said Dana Raucher, executive director of the family's foundation.  "Edgar showed how vision and long-term thinking can impact the entire landscape of Jewish life.”

Many have written of his tremendous contributions to Jewish life.  I’ve selected Forward’s J.J Goldberg piece to share in this week’s Bulletin.

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