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Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest is the largest Jewish philanthropy in New Jersey and the eighth largest Federation in the country, serving the Jewish community in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset counties. Inspired by our Jewish values, Federation cares for people in need locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Together, Federation builds upon and ensures a vibrant Jewish community today for future generations. We care. We build. We save.

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GMW UPDATE


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IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

BLOG: Access and Influence by Rabbi Daniel Cohen This was my Shabbat message last week: In the small section of if the Talmud known as Pirke Avot we read: ‎וְאַל תִּתְוַדַּע לָרָשׁוּת Do not attempt to draw near to the ruling authority.” more

JESPY House Director and Client Testify on Transportation Needs for Adults with Disabilities The difficulties riders with disabilities face when using NJ Transit’s trains and buses was the focus Thursday of the third in a series of legislative hearings on the continuing deficiencies of the state’s beleaguered mass transportation system.” more

Film Tells Triumphant Life Story of Holocaust Survivor Ruth Ravina At two years old in 1939, Ruth Ravina’s odyssey began when the Nazis invaded her hometown of Kozienice, Poland. By the time the Russians liberated Poland, Ruth was 8 years old and had experienced countless tragedies, years on the run, and three concentration camps.” more

Volunteer Pop-up: Federation Takes Over the Community Food Bank! Join us at the Community Food Bank of NJ, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, to help make a direct impact on hunger. Volunteer tasks will include sorting donations, food packaging, and more.” more

Teens: Help Victims of Australia Disaster at Fight the Fire Collect and donate school supplies for a town affected by the fires in Australia. Participants will also learn about what they can do to help the environment.” more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Greater MetroWest Hosts JAFI Conference Our Federation was proud to host shlichim (young Israeli emissaries) and their supervisors from all across North America at the Jewish Agency for Israel Shlichut Institute Conference last week. more


YOUR IMPACT

Sam Oolie – an Energetic and Visionary Leader We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sam Oolie, a long-time friend and leader of our Jewish community. One of the earliest members of the Lester Society, which ensures perpetual support for the UJA Annual Campaign, Sam was president of our Federation in the late 1980s. more

Federations Applaud Increase in Security Funding A bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 15 will give nonprofits, including Jewish facilities, a boost in establishing security measures by supplementing appropriations to the New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program by $1 million. more

Diller Alumni – “In Touch for the Rest of Our Lives” It’s funny how, with certain people, no matter how long it has been since you last saw them, it is still so easy to pick up where you left off. I don’t know what I expected when I arrived at Federation on Friday afternoon to leave for our Diller 12 alumni Shabbaton in New York City, but I had clearly temporarily forgotten the depth of our relationships with each other because I was pleasantly surprised by how natural it was for us to reconnect. more


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In This Time of Crisis, the Jewish Community Must Do More – and We Will On Sunday, Jan. 5, a huge crowd responded to the call from UJA-Federation of New York to march against anti-Semitism. more

The Need to Educate, Speak, and Ensure that Holocaust Remembrance Is Always Done The day of January 27, 2020 is quickly approaching and it’s significance is grand as it marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the most notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. more

Let’s Meet Up. Literally. I went to my first Jewish Federations’ General Assembly (GA) 22 years ago. I loved it. I loved the power of communal infrastructure and Jewish organizational life, what it stood for. What it can achieve – what we can achieve together. more

All Ashkenazi Women Should Be Tested for BRCA News of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s death this week at age 52 has been incredibly emotional for me. That’s not because I know her personally, or am a huge fan of her work, but because the day she died was also the fourth anniversary of my preventative double mastectomy. more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – From now until March 11 you can cast your vote for the 38th World Zionist Congress, and your vote is more important than you may realize. The delegates of this elected body determine how to spend $5 billion that goes to Jewish organizations and programs in Israel and around the world. Read this guide in The Forward to better understand how it works and why it’s so important to vote this year, and then click here to learn about the slates and cast your vote and make your voice heard.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

January 27
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY TRIP TO UNITED NATIONS

This year is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Join the Holocaust Council, survivors, and the Greater MetroWest community for an important trip to the U.N. in New York City to be part of this historic event to keep alive the memories and lessons of the Holocaust. more

February 2
AN INCONVENIENT TIME: THE STORY OF RUTH RAVINA

Join us for the premiere of this film which takes us through Holocaust survivor Ruth Ravina’s powerful and triumphant story. more

February 4
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONALS NETWORK – (IT’S GREAT TO) SUCK AT SOMETHING

Discover how the freedom of sucking at something can help you build resilience, embrace imperfection, and find joy in the pursuit rather than the goal. Rinaldi will discuss her personal experiences along with philosophy, literature, and the latest science about how sucking at something rewires the brain in positive ways. more

February 5
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: EMERGING TRENDS IN JEWISH ENGAGEMENT

Federation is embarking upon a demographic study of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community, conducted by a research team at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, to inform future planning for Federation, synagogues, and agencies. more

February 20
VOLUNTEER POP-UP – FEDERATION TAKES OVER THE FOOD BANK

Join us at the Community Food Bank of NJ, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, to help make a direct impact on hunger. Volunteer tasks will include sorting donations, food packaging, and more. more

February 24 & 26
GREATER METROWEST REUNIONS IN FLORIDA

Please join us and connect with Greater MetroWest, hear from a great speaker, and learn about what’s happening in your community. more

February 28
WOMEN OF WISDOM SESSION 2 – THE MORAL COMPASS OF JEWISH MOTHERHOOD: BOUNDARIES AND GUIDANCE

We strive both to support our children and to respect their boundaries, no matter their ages. Sometimes, the struggle brings with it a moral component, with questions including how much is too much and when to “let them fail to succeed?” more

February 28
BPN NEXTDOR LEGENDS & LEADERS

Join us for the first BPN NextDor Legends & Leaders event of 2020 and get an insider's view of the current real estate market and insights into the importance of philanthropy.” more

March 1-3
AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE

Be part of the Jewish Federation delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference. Join a special cohort of Greater MetroWest parents and teens at the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement in the United States. more

March 29
COMMUNITY MITZVAH DAY - more

April 26-29
WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY MISSION TO MEMPHIS

Take a journey through the soundtrack of a revolution – join us as we delve into Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and the creation of Rock ‘n’ Roll. more

July 1-9, 2020
YOUNG WOMEN’S MISSION TO ISRAEL

This mission is intended for young women who have never been on a Women’s Philanthropy mission to Israel. Mission participants will have the opportunity to make a meaningful gift to the 2021 UJA Annual Campaign. more

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