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News Archive

January-March 2018


  • Social Venture fund for Jewish-Arab Equality

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/28/18)
    Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society (SVF) was awarded on March 13 the 2018 Shapiro Prize for Excellence in Philanthropic Collaboration by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) at its annual conference in Tel Aviv. The Social Venture Fund is a collaborative and structured partnership of more than 20 funders from the United States and Israel, including Global Connections of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

  • ‘A slice of history’

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/21/18)
    Some eight months ago, Gary Levenston, a 46-year-old psychologist in Boca Raton, Fla., received a genealogy report from It triggered an interest in his Newark roots and the lives of his great-grandparents, who arrived there at the turn of the 20th century.

  • MetroWest Community Shaliach to Discuss Life in Jerusalem

    Jewish Link NJ (3/15/18)
    How does one live in a city that experiences everything from terrorist attacks to demonstrations against compulsory military service, from labor walkouts to illegal immigrant protests? That is what Jerusalemites often deal with on a daily basis. How are their daily lives affected? What keeps them in Jerusalem?

  • JFS MetroWest Offers Free Program to Help Navigate Mental Health for Teens

    Jewish Link NJ (3/8/18)
    JFS MetroWest is pleased to announce it is offering a free program, “Anybody Have A Map? Navigating Mental Health For Teens,” geared to parents of middle and high school students on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Adath Shalom, 841 Mountain Way in Morris Plains. This program is free and open to the entire community.

  • Community revisits safety systems in wake of Parkland shootings

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/7/18)
    As the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was unfolding, Steven Karp, executive director of the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, called security expert Robert Wilson. “Part of the concept over here is: I’m no expert in security, but he is,” said Karp.


  • Parkland students rally in N.J. alongside Menendez for gun control (2/25/18)
    They've taken buses to their state capitol, flights to meet with the president and now they've come to New Jersey. Student survivors of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school brought their message of gun control to the Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston on Sunday.


  • Half-century-old haftorah

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/24/18)
    On Dec. 26, 1947, a blizzard left a paralyzing 27 inches of snow on the ground in New Jersey. For Noah Chivian, that meant major complications for his bar mitzvah service scheduled for Shabbat the next day at Oheb Shalom Congregation in Newark.

  • At 90, a local ‘yenta’ the new face of Jdate

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/24/18)
    If Bea Slater had ever been a shrinking violet, her sudden celebrity might be uncomfortable. At 90, the great-grandmother has her image plastered on billboards up and down Manhattan and in Brooklyn. There’s even one on the roof above Junior’s, the famous cheesecake place.

  • The ‘Book Smugglers’ Help Preserve the History of Vilna’s Jews (1/18/18)
    “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures From the Nazis”, written by David E. Fishman, is an account of a group of Vilna Ghetto resisters, melding history with the very human stories of some who participated in the watershed event. On February 1 at 7 p.m., Professor Fishman will be the keynote speaker at the opening reception of the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest’s signature exhibition, “From Memory to History.”

  • Builder, philanthropist Alan Sagner dies at 97

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/17/18)
    Alan Sagner, a major benefactor of the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest NJ and beyond, and a strong backer of the Democratic Party and other liberal causes, died Jan. 3 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 97.