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TIP: The Israel Project

Israel -- only .1% of the world's population -- has contributed more than 30% of the international medical staff rescue team. Now that's a "disproportionate response"!

-----> Proud of Israel's incredible compassion? Add your name to thank the Israeli rescue mission for its huge efforts to help Nepal: http://goo.gl/eEcd2a

Community Jewish Learning on Shavuot on Saturday, May 23 at 8pm at Beth-El

SAVE THE DATE: Rabbi Rosenberg's Retirement Weekend begins on June 26

Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg will be retiring as the senior Reform Rabbi in Connecticut on June 30, 2015. Temple Emanu-El is planning a very special weekend for him:

Friday, June 26: The Temple Emanu-El congregation bids farewell to Rabbi Rosenberg at a special Friday Night Service and dinner. Service open to all; dinner by registration only.

Saturday, June 27: The Southeastern Connecticut Community will toast Rabbi Rosenberg at a gala event hosted by Connecticut College. The evening program will consist of dinner, entertainment and featured speakers. RSVP by registration only.

Information about registration and invitations forthcoming.

JFEC 2015 Solidarity Family Mission to Israel June 28 - July 9

Visit the JFEC MISSIONS tab to find out more information about the 2015 Solidarity Mission to Israel!

International Film Festival Committee Thanks the Community


The International Film Festival committee would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the community for showing its support for the 21st Annual International Film Festival. 

As this time approaches next year, we hope you visit the JFEC International Film Festival dedicated web site.

Additionally, we would like to give a heartfelt and sincere Todah Rabah - THANK YOU to our local sponsors whose consistent generosity enables us to annually present the film festival to the community; these gracious sponsors include:
Also, thank you to the restaurants that participated in this year's "Dinner and a Show:" The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London, The Lazy Leopard Thai Café in New LondonJasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar in New London; and The Voodoo Grill in Mystic; La Luna Ristorante Italiano in New London; The Pita Spot and the Mystic Diner and Restaurant in Mystic.

Should you have any comments or suggestions and/or would like to be on the 2016 International Film Festival Committee, please reach out to Sherry Barnes or Faye Clymer. 

Sherry L. Barnes & Faye Clymer, Film Festival Co-Chairs
Jerome E. Fischer, Director, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

Weekly Torah discussions (with Lunch) led by Rabbi Safman beginning Jan. 14

Come and Learn (and Eat!)

This week as we begin the Book of Shemot. The Jewish Federation will be kicking off a series of weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Safman of Congregation Beth El in New London. The classes, which will take place every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at JFEC’s office (28 Channing Street, New London), will focus on parshat ha’shavua (the weekly Torah portion), bringing both traditional and contemporary insights to bear on the text. Furthermore, since our Sages taught “Im ein Kemach, ein Torah” (“Without bread, there is no Torah”, Pirkei Avot 3:21) the sessions will be accompanied by an (optional) dairy lunch available at nominal cost ($5/person).

Come join us for a chance to feed both your stomach and your soul. All participants are welcome, whatever your prior text study experience or skills. RSVPs would be welcomed. Please email rabbi@bethel-nl.org to express your interest.