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GMW UPDATE


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IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

This Sunday Is #ILead — Empowering Teens to Become Israel Advocates – Empower yourself to become a pro-Israel supporter when you get to college and learn more about the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict. more

Nikki Haley likens bullying of Israel to her experience as a child of immigrants A strong memory for Nikki Haley from her childhood in Bamberg, S.C. (population: 3,700), in the 1970s is that she was often bullied by the other kids. “We were the only Indian family in a small southern town, and we weren’t white enough to be white or black enough to be black,” said the former United States ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor. more

Join Us for an Inside Look at the Business of Bloomingdale’s – Join the Business & Professionals Network (BPN) for the launch event of the 2020 UJA Annual Campaign. Marketing strategist and business builder, Rachel Braun Scherl will interview the chairman & CEO of Bloomingdale’s, Tony Spring. An inside look at the business of Bloomingdale’s and experience the next big thing at the intersection of technology, retail, finance, and ecommerce. more

Announcing the New Israel Engagement Fellowship for Teens The Greater MetroWest Israel Engagement Fellowship, available to students in grades 11 and 12, is a five-part program that explores the centrality of Israel in Jewish history and the diversity of Israel today. more

25ish to 45ish? Launch Your Holiday Celebration Season at Latke Vodka! – We believe in Partying With a Purpose. With your help, Federation drives our community in so many ways! more

AJC Survey Reveals Deep Concern About Rising Anti-Semitism in the U.S. – An unprecedented survey of American Jews conducted by the American Jewish Committee reveals deep concern about antisemitism in the United States and widespread fear that it is increasing. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

At 90, Jewish Agency for Israel Announces New Strategy to Connect the Jewish World and Fight Anti-Semitism As the Jewish Agency for Israel turns 90 this year, it is refocusing its vision for the next decade. No longer merely “for Israel,” the agency is prioritizing connections between Diaspora communities — and outreach into the greater non-Jewish community to educate against anti-Semitism. more

Considering Taking a Gap Year in Israel? – Choose your journey: join us for dinner and learn about life-changing gap year programs. Enter for a chance to win $1K towards a flight to Israel. more


YOUR IMPACT

Shirley Aidekman-Kaye Will Be Remembered for Her Generosity and Friendship West Orange resident Harriet Perlmutter-Pilchik already misses her good friend, Shirley Aidekman-Kaye, whom she knew through business and Jewish social circles for over five decades. more

Holocaust Survivors Speak at Summit High School – The Summit High School Holocaust and Genocide Studies class will host a panel discussion featuring Maud Dahme and Fran Malkin -- each survivors of the Holocaust -- on October 30, from 7 - 8:30 p.m., in the Summit High School Auditorium. The event is supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and the 'Adopt a Survivor' program, and will see Dahme and Malkin tell their stories of survival. more


IN THE NEWS

Golda Och Academy Launches Innovative STEM Initiative Golda Och Academy in West Orange is the recipient of a three-year $500,000 STEM Innovation grant from the Gottesman Fund in New York City. The grant will help GOA fulfill the Educational Innovation pillar of its five-year strategic plan, which aims to expand and enhance student-centered and inquiry-oriented innovation throughout the day school. more

JSDD Nearing Goal for Larger Facility in Livingston Linda Press, executive director of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD), said her excitement is growing as the vision of her organization’s coming move — from its current location on Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange to new digs on Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston — is closer to reality. more


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 14
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR -- INTERFAITH INCLUSION

Interfaith couples and families have very low levels of Jewish engagement, despite our efforts to be inclusive. This seminar will set the stage for your synagogue to examine your interfaith inclusion practices and provide takeaways that can have immediate impact on your engagement activities. more

November 18
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL BAGELS & BOOKS -- SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL HAPPENED

Yvette Manessis Corporon grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about how the people of the small Greek island of Erikousa hid a Jewish family from the Nazis during World War II. Years later, Yvette couldn’t get the story of the Jewish tailor they saved out of her head. more

November 20
WOMEN WITH PURPOSE

Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a New York–based nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural, and water technologies to rural African villages. She was born in Israel, raised in France, and educated in the United States. more

December 2: Synagogue Inclusion Webinar – Planning for JDAIM

Join Greater MetroWest Congregational Lay Leadership and Professionals for a series of discussions on how we can create a community in which all members with disabilities and their families have meaningful opportunities to participate in Jewish life. more

December 4
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL REAL TO REEL FILM SERIES: THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ

In 2015, 94-year-old former German S.S. officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed "The Accountant of Auschwitz," went on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews in 1944. more

December 7
LATKE VODKA

We believe in Partying With a Purpose. With your help, Federation drives our community in so many ways. more