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April-June 2015

APRIL

  • Calls for caution over U.S.-Israel breach

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/1/15)
    In a mirror image of national and world reactions to the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish leaders in New Jersey are divided over the widening split in relations between the White House and the Israeli government, as well as over some of Netanyahu’s last-minute campaign tactics.

  • Young leaders to be honored at GMW gala

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/9/15)
    Jonathan Liss and fellow activist Taryn Berelowitz have been chosen to receive the 2015 Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

  • Livingston and West Orange Residents to Receive 2015 Cohn Awards

    TAPinto.net (4/11/15)
    On Wednesday, April 15, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, is holding “A New York State of Mind” event to honor community leaders Taryn Berelowitz of Livingston and Jonathan Liss of West Orange, with the 2015 Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Awards. The event is being held at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC MetroWest’s Leon & Toby Cooperman Building, Ross Family Campus, in West Orange.

  • Arad trip is basis of new local partnership

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/15/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is enhancing its relationship with the Negev city of Arad in what it hopes will be the creation of a new model for American-Israeli cooperation.

  • Celebrate Israel Throughout The Community

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/15/15)
    Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day — its 67th, which this year is observed on Thursday, April 23 — will be celebrated by Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and other community organizations with a wide range of festive events, most free and open to the public.

  • Federation to celebrate Israel’s 67th Birthday from April 19-26

    TAPintoLivingston (4/16/15)
    WEST ORANGE, NJ - Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 67th birthday, with a wide range of programs across Essex, Morris, and Union counties beginning on April 19 and running through April 26. Most events are free and open to the public, and offer programs for a variety of ages and geographic locations including families, teens, and young professionals.

  • Trained Teens Now Available to Babysit Children with Special Needs

    TAPinto.net (4/20/15)
    ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ - According to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, while it is often hard for families to find a babysitter—it can be even harder to find one for a child that has special needs. To meet this challenge, the organization created the Greater MetroWest ABLE “Learning to Babysit for Children with Special Needs” training program.

  • Teen honored for work with Israeli olim

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/22/15)
    Alexa Smith, a Livingston High School senior and an active member of the Iris Teen Tzedakah Program and Diller Teen Fellows at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, is the winner of a certificate of accomplishment as part of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

  • Anti-trafficking advocates meet with Menendez

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/22/15)
    A New Jersey Roundtable on Ending Human Trafficking, held by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in his Newark office, drew representatives of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking — including coalition convener Melanie Roth Gorelick, director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ — and other state activists.

  • ‘Inclusive’ camps usher in new era in special needs

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/29/15)
    Like many of his peers, Gregory Schwartz of Whippany will be heading off to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer. The nine-year-old will be joining his sister Lily at the Reform movement’s Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, Pa.

  • Sadness, song at community Israel tribute

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/29/15)
    The combined Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut commemoration at the YM-YWHA of Union County on April 23 drew one of the largest crowds the center has ever seen.

  • Selflessness and cynicism

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/29/15)
    This week Israel dispatched a mobile field hospital and 260 medical and relief personnel to Nepal, ravaged by a deadly earthquake. In part, the quick response was an acknowledgement of an unusually close bond between Israelis and Nepalese.

MAY

  • NJ legislator joins anti-Semitism task force

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/6/15)
    Leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ met with U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ Dist. 12) to welcome her as the newest member of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism.

  • Opinion: End domestic violence in New Jersey: It's a crime we cannot afford

    NJ.com (5/7/15)
    As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, domestic violence continues to pervade our society. This year, domestic violence received national media attention due to sports celebrity Ray Rice's domestic violence case and the athletic industry's evolving response to crimes of violence.

  • Policy forum explores impact of domestic abuse

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/13/15)
    New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno urged some 75 activists against domestic violence to pay close attention to its impact on children. Speaking May 8 at a public policy roundtable at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, Guadagno told the multiracial, multi-faith gathering that they “must never forget the impact this has on children.

  • Montclair's Judy and Josh Weston to be honored by NJ Symphony

    NorthJersey.com (5/16/15)
    Throughout the years, thousands have moved to Montclair for its cosmopolitan outlook, its diversity, its arts community, and its high standard of education. A lot of the credit for that appeal can be given to Josh and Judy Weston. Montclair residents for more than 50 years, the Westons are to be honored by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ at their 18th annual benefit concert.

  • ‘I love the small, tight-knit feeling here’

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/20/15)
    As Chris Stodolski chatted with some high school and middle school students on the campus of Golda Och Academy’s Eric F. Ross Upper School, she asked them what they like most about the school. One after the other volunteered, “The community.” “This is my community.” “This has been my community since I was really little.”

  • UJA concert format ends on a high note

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/20/15)
    The cheerfully triumphant Finale of Brahms’ Second Symphony was also the bittersweet swan song for the annual UJA Benefit Concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

  • ‘Once they have a vision, they stick to it’

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/27/15)
    Many philanthropists have the desire to give money and make a difference. But few are able to make the kind of broader impact that Paula and Jerry Gottesman have made in the area of Jewish education.

  • Agency helps job seeker with unique needs

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/27/15)
    When it came time for Aaron Minkov to find and keep a job, credentials weren’t an issue: The 33-year-old graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a master’s degree in political science and an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Middlesex County College.

  JUNE

  • Federation ends year on note of gratitude

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/24/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ said goodbye to an old friend and greeted new leaders as 275 supporters and staff gathered for its annual meeting on June 16.

  • Federation seeks $1.5m for Shoa survivors

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/3/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is joining in a national effort to raise $45 million to assist survivors of the Holocaust in their declining years. The federation has set a local goal of $1.5 million for the initiative.

  • Survivors’ advocate: ‘I get so much back’

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/3/15)
    Hannah Lessing’s father wants her to stop her work overseeing Austria’s compensation payments to victims of the Nazis. Not that he disapproves; a Holocaust survivor himself, Erich Lessing is proud of what she does, but after two decades, he has told her it’s enough of being immersed in horror.

  • Iran forum takes dim view of nukes deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/10/15)
    Six people who keep a close eye on Iranian nuclear negotiations told a Whippany audience June 2 that a tentative agreement being pressed by the Obama administration was dangerous for Israel, the United States, and Arab nations in the Middle East.

  • Federation honors rising young leaders

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/10/15)
    Lee Murnick, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Young Leadership Campaign, and Ariel Nelson, treasurer and a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, are the recipients of the 2015 Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award.

  • Iran forum takes dim view of nukes deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/10/15)
    Six people who keep a close eye on Iranian nuclear negotiations told a Whippany audience June 2 that a tentative agreement being pressed by the Obama administration was dangerous for Israel, the United States, and Arab nations in the Middle East.

  • The ayes have it on landmark resolution

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/17/15)
    With acts of anti-Semitism on the rise worldwide, the New Jersey State Assembly joined the Senate in passing what is believed to be the nation’s first state-sponsored resolution condemning hatred of Jews.

  • Planned-giving program exceeds its goals

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/24/15)
    A local program that helps Jewish organizations approach their donors for legacy gifts, or bequests, has surpassed its first-year goal, securing more than 300 commitments at an estimated future value of $11.2 million.

  • Write On For Israel graduates recognized

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/24/15)
    Jonas Singer, a 2013 graduate of Millburn High School and a rising junior at Brandeis University, was one of four college students honored with an award of recognition by The Jewish Week of New York for his leadership in the on-campus pro-Israel community.