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News Archive

July-September 2017


  • Historical society seeks funds to digitize entire NJJN archive

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/26/17)
    The Jewish News began publishing on Jan. 3, 1947. For nearly 70 years, until Sept. 22, 2016, it was published by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (or, in years past, by the federation’s predecessors). Over the decades, the paper’s roster of outstanding reporters has brought to the readership news of events and developments that have shaped and informed the community.

  • Linda Forgosh receives Charles Cummings Award

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/26/17)
    To her regret, Linda Forgosh was not born at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center or educated at Weequahic High School — two of the city’s leading institutions that prospered in its Jewish heyday. But for 19 years her spiritual home has been in Newark, its Weequahic section, and her inspirations have been two of its most prominent citizens, department store impresario and philanthropist Louis Bamberger and novelist Philip Roth.

  • Natural Disasters Highlight Importance of Jewish Solidarity

    Times of Israel (9/19/17)
    American Jews have always responded swiftly with material and emotional support for the Israeli people in times of urgent need. As Texas recovers from Hurricane Harvey and Florida is assessing the damage done by Hurricane Irma, vibrant U.S. Jewish communities are facing unprecedented natural disasters in rapid succession.

  • From Poland to Lithuania: A Writer’s Search for Her Jewish Past

    The New York Times (9/18/17)
    I think I was in an iced-over bus lot in northeastern Poland, standing in front of a mound of desecrated gravestones, when I first had the feeling that Jewish heritage travel in Europe might be a mistake. I had been walking with a guide and an interpreter, both Polish men in late middle age, through Makow Mazowiecki, a small town about 45 miles north of Warsaw.

  • ‘We have lost a giant in our community’

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/13/17)
    Philanthropist Jerome “Jerry” Gottesman, 87, of Morristown, the cofounder and chair of Edison Properties in Newark, died in Israel on Sept. 10. The funeral was held at Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph two days later, with interment at B’nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union.

  • NJ Jews provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/6/17)
    Seventeen-year-old Sholom Lazaroff was preparing to board a plane from Houston on Aug. 27 when nature got in his way. So, instead of beginning his formal studies, Sholom Lazaroff went to work in his hometown, working beside his father at Aishel House, a Chabad-run residence that provides housing and support services for out-of-town patients who come with their families for treatment at Texas Medical Center in Houston.


  • The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma’s recipes

    JTA (8/25/17)
    Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes — never a measuring cup! — to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more meticulous. Her reason for the precision: Hodak’s recipe was being recorded by a new nonprofit, the Jewish Food Society, which aims to be an archive of Jewish recipes from around the world.

  • Reporter’s Notebook: Newark’s Jewish roots becoming history

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/2/17)
    To mark the 50th anniversary of the Newark rebellion, the local Jewish community did…nothing. Despite the community’s profound connection to the city, there was no official ceremony by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest NJ, or local synagogues.


  • Auschwitz Artifacts to Go on Tour, Very Carefully

    The New York Times (7/26/17)
    More than 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the first traveling exhibition about the Nazi death camp will begin a journey later this year to 14 cities across Europe and North America, taking heartbreaking artifacts to multitudes who have never seen such horror up close.

  • Jewish Federations’ priorities approved in 2018 state budget

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/12/17)
    "With the compromise reached by Governor Christie and legislative leadership and with the governor’s signature of approval on the budget, we are pleased and grateful that the state has responded favorably to our advocacy efforts on behalf of community priorities,” said Gordon Haas, president of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations.