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July-September 2014


  • State budget beefs up Holocaust assistance

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)
    Jewish community leaders were pleased with a New Jersey state budget that included long-sought-for appropriation increases. Chief among them was a doubling of assistance for Holocaust survivors, from $200,000 to $400,000.

  • New federation leader learns from the past

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)
    As Leslie Dannin Rosenthal prepared to take office July 1 as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, she attributed her keen dedication to Jewish causes to her upbringing more than 200 miles from her South Orange home.

  • Israel murders prompt local security briefing

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/9/14)
    The murder of three Israeli teenagers turned a regular meeting of the Homeland Security Committee of the State Association of Jewish Federations into a plea by a security expert for greater vigilance at Jewish institutions

  • Youth grants promote Jewish generosity

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/9/14)
    A local program that trains high school students in the collaborative process of effective philanthropy put out a call encouraging alumni to brainstorm ideas for doing good in the Jewish world.

  • NJ immigrants adjust to daily ‘crapshoot’

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/16/14)
    JERUSALEM — Every time a siren goes off in Be’er Sheva, Emily Shapiro-Katz has 60 seconds to take her four children, ages one to nine, into a reinforced room off her kitchen. They stay there for 10 minutes until it is clear that rockets and shrapnel have not hit her home.

  • New top federation exec makes it official

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/30/14)
    Dov Ben-Shimon signed a contract on July 24 confirming his appointment as CEO/executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

  • Partner towns face reality of nearby conflict

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/30/14)
    Staff members of the Greater MetroWest Jewish federation visited its partnership communities in southern Israel July 25, assessing their needs as Israel’s war in nearby Gaza extended into its third week.


  • Soldier killed in Gaza attack had ties to NJ youth program

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/6/14)
    RISHON LETZION, Israel — A local program that brings together high school students from New Jersey and Israel was one of the highlights of the short life of IDF soldier Matan Gotlib, 21, who was killed last week in the Gaza Strip, his brother told NJJN on Monday.

  • Gaza war transforms camp’s trip to Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/6/14)
    Isabel Young of South Orange had been looking forward to traveling to Israel with her best friends from camp. But rushing to a bomb shelter was not one of the experiences she expected to have.

  • Hundreds rally in support of Israel on Morristown Green (8/8/14)
    Hundreds gathered on the historic Morristown Green on Thursday to voice support for Israel, just hours before a fragile ceasefire expired in Gaza.

    Under tight security that included police on horseback and barricades around the stage, area Jewish leaders blamed the month-long war in Gaza on Hamas, citing rocket attacks that have rained fear on Israeli citizens.

  • Bracelet binds buyers in support of Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/13/15)
    Maxine Schwartz has been making jewelry in her home studio in Westfield and selling it for the past three years.
    When Operation Protective Edge began on July 12, she decided to use her craft to raise funds for the Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Emergency Campaign.

  • Sirens and resilience on a mission to Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/27/14)
    Fresh from a solidarity mission to Israel, Stanley Stone, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, described it as “a roller-coaster ride” between moments of calm and the red alerts that warn of Hamas rocket attacks.

  • New foundation executive has legacy of his own

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/27/14)
    Daniel Staffenberg said he leapt at the chance to become executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, which has a national reputation for innovation and commitment.


  • New name, new home for Jewish academy in Randolph

    Daily Record (9/5/14)
    RANDOLPH – Rabbis, parents, students, benefactors, trustees, elected officials and Jewish Federation leaders gathered Thursday morning at the newly named Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph, formerly the Hebrew Academy of Morris County.

  • Jewish leaders, legislators take 'food stamp challenge'

    Daily Record (9/9/14)
    No food or drink was served during a press conference Monday at the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey to announce that dozens of legislators and Jewish community leaders would participate in a seven-day food-stamp challenge

  • Shofar workshop eyes women’s role

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/10/14)
    The morning started with the sound of “raspberries” being blown with abandon, continued with the shrill blast of about 15 shofars at once, and concluded with the sounds of Sisera’s mother weeping.

  • Israel in the News

    Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
    YM-YWHA of Union County, Union
    A to-the-minute update on the current situation in Israel and an analysis of media coverage, featuring Sarit Catz, CRC Israel Advocacy Chair and director of international letter writing at CAMERA.
    Cosponsored by NCJW, Union County Section; Temple Emanu-El, Westfield; and the CRC.

  • Greater MetroWest’s ‘mayor’ looks back

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/17/14)
    After nearly 20 years as its senior executive, Max Kleinman has added the word “emeritus” to his title of CEO/executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

  • Food stamp budget energizes hungry pols

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/17/14)
    It was enough to bring Yiddishe mamas out in protest: Though scheduled for lunch time, there was no food offered at the “lunch panel” held at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange on Sept. 14.

  • Area seniors receive invitation to volunteer

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/24/14)
    Jewish Family Service of MetroWest has been named the lead agency in a program to recruit seniors as volunteers for social service agencies and local causes in and outside the Jewish community.

  • MetroWest Volunteers Pitch In with Conservancy

    Maplewood Patch (9/25/14)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s Center for Volunteerism helped coordinate two recent volunteer events to support the work of Greater Newark Conservancy. The volunteers came from Livingston, Westfield, Short Hills, Maplewood and South Orange.

  • Israel advocacy expert urges bridge-building

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/30/14)
    Ahead of what is expected to be an active year for anti-Israel forces at Rutgers University, Jewish community and student leaders were told by an advocacy expert that relationship-building is key to countering such efforts.