Sent:                               December 6, 2013

Subject:                          The Bulletin - A Community Update

The Bulletin - A Community Update for December 6, 2013

Hanukkahat Autumn Glen

Each year as we observe Hanukkah, we enjoy celebrating with the members of our community at Autumn Glen.  Ruth Glicksman, chair of the Jewish Family Services Committee of the Jewish Federation, planned a wonderful program featuring Jewish learning with Rabbi Kanter and Hanukkah-themed activities with the residents.  Special thanks to Barbara Glicksman, Cindy Yoken, Kala Joblon and Myra Goldberg who volunteered and helped make this celebration possible.

Rabbi Kanter with Ruth Glicksman
Delicious chocolate-covered marshmallow dreidels were made (and had) by all. The program concluded with everyone walking away with (or eating) some chocolate gelt.

 Remembering Arik Einstein – Israel’s Most Beloved Voice

 You and I will change the world,” Einstein sang for every generation since the early days of the State of Israel.  The entire country was shocked by news of his death at 74 years of age.  Einstein, a singer, songwriter and actor loved by all, will be greatly missed.

This song is but one of hundreds of songs that together make the soundtrack of a nation.  I picked one blogger’s column to share with you also because I thought it was particularly well written for American readers.

 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 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  Servers and drivers needed.      

Annual Campaign Underway

Pledge cards for this year’s campaign are in the mail. Please consider making your contribution before the end of the year.  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