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October-December 2017


  • JCC OF Central New Jersey

    New Jersey Jewish News (12/27/17)
    The JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains remains committed to improving its building and campus while making it more green and observing the core Jewish values of “shmirat ha’adamah” (protection and renewal of the world) and “bal tashchit” (do not destroy or waste).

  • GOA takes on Names, Not Numbers Shoa film project

    New Jersey Jewish News (12/20/17)
    Golda Och Academy in West Orange has been selected to participate in the Names, Not Numbers curriculum, which aims to bring to students a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the lives of those who survived it.

  • New Jersey Jewish News (12/20/17)
    JESPY House — a nonprofit organization that works to enable adults with learning and developmental disabilities to lead independent lives — has received a grant for its Aging in Place initiative from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). The $193,388 grant is intended to expand and integrate services for older adults with disabilities to allow them to age in place within the JESPY House setting, in South Orange.

  • Rutgers praised for actions against prof. but ‘not enough’

    New Jersey Jewish News (12/13/17)
    Jewish students and community leaders hailed action taken by Rutgers University president Robert Barchi against a professor who posted anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks and images on his Facebook page. But the campus battle won’t end until two other professors, also deemed anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, receive disciplinary action as well.

  • An optimistic Ehud Olmert takes the stage

    New Jersey Jewish News (12/11/17)
    Ehud Olmert, Israel’s 12th prime minister, had a question for President Donald Trump on the eve of his announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would move the embassy there: “When he talks about Jerusalem, what does he talk about?”


  • JFS advisers race against clock for Medicare sign-up

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/29/17)
    Racing against a Dec. 7 deadline for making changes to senior citizens’ Medicare and prescription drug policies, the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS) is dispatching trained volunteers throughout Essex County to explain complicated requirements to recipients.

  • Lester Senior Housing Community Offers New Programs for Residents

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/22/17)
    The distinctive Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany has expanded its programs for its assisted living residents with new activities to foster wellness of mind, body and soul. The programs are offered in the Weston Assisted Living Residence, one of two buildings comprising the senior living community, which provides hotel-like amenities and services amid parklike surroundings.

  • 5 things Jewish day schools are doing to lower tuition costs

    JTA (11/27/17)
    As nearly every Jewish day school family knows, paying tuition is no small matter. But many communities are pioneering ways to help make day school more affordable. The push comes because of a persistent affordability problem that experts say has disproportionately affected those making $150,000 to $350,000 a year. While before the Great Recession of 2008-09 about 30 percent of such families needed financial aid, now about half do, the agencies say.

  • JFSCNJ Plans Two Free Alzheimer’s Programs in December (11/22/17)
    Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ), a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will host two free programs in December for individuals who have Alzheimer’s/dementia and/or their caregivers and families at the JFS Halpern Building, 655 Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth.

  • PJ Library Makes a ‘Grandparent Connection’ (11/22/17)
    Nearly 40 grandparents gathered at Morristown Jewish Center last week for the launch of Federation’s new PJ Library Grandparents Connection, a group that offers grandparents an opportunity to learn, network and share ideas while exploring their critical role as models of Jewish culture and traditions in their family and community.

  • Her super Sweet 16

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/15/17)
    Hannah Stepak is developing a following of do-gooders, and she’s leading by example. When she asked Rabbi Moshe Rudin if she could use Adath Shalom in Morris Plains for her Sweet 16, he offered her the space for free. On Nov. 9, about 50 kids of all ages celebrated with her by participating in any of 13 activities to benefit local non-profit organizations.

  • NY Jets Inaugurate Football Field for LifeTown (11/16/17)
    Livingston-based center will host flag football league for special-education schools.

    There are moments in life that one never forgets. For Julie Casavant one such moment came on Oct. 24 when her son Darren, a young adult with special needs, caught a football pass on the newly inaugurated NFL/NY Jets turf field at LifeTown in Livingston.

  • Local leader honors father through gift to Israel Tennis Center

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/15/17)
    The late philanthropist Dave Sommer was, along with his wife, Ethel, a major supporter and founding member of the Israel Tennis Centers (ITC). He also always believed, said his daughter, Ellen Goldner, that “there is always someone less fortunate than you, and it is your responsibility to take care of others.”

  • Community Gathers for Friendship Circle Walk in Livingston

    Jewish Link NJ (11/9/17)
    Sunday was Shyella Mayk’s birthday, and she spent it with nearly 2,000 friends, most of them new ones, while raising money for Friendship Circle during this year’s FC Walk. “I’m very happy,” Mayk said, noting that she was participating in the walk on behalf of Team Rebekah.

  • Memory Center at JCC MetroWest gets a boost

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/8/17)
    Bonnie Schechter stood in front of a whiteboard that was divided into four sections and asked 25 people sitting around a conference table to help her fill in the empty spaces. They shouted out answers to four distinct categories of questions. It was an exercise in remembrance for people with failing memories who attend the Jonathan and Nancy Littman Memory Center at the JCC MetroWest

  • Anti-Semitism in NJ: Unchanged, still too high

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/8/17)
    At first glance, the just-released Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) audit on anti-Semitism in New Jersey appears to offer good news. After all, while most of the country appears to be experiencing an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, the Garden State’s numbers are largely stationary and consistent with those from last year.

  • Voter registration, education at JESPY

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/1/17)
    “Help is on the way. I really mean it,” Phil Murphy told the crowd at JESPY House in South Orange, which offers programming and housing for 250 adults who have learning and developmental disabilities and need specialized support to retain their independence.

  • For 39 Years, JVS has offered a Scholarship Loan Program

    New Jersey Jewish News (11/1/17)
    For 39 years, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has offered a Scholarship Loan Program. Twenty-seven students were the recipients of $85,000 worth of loans for the 2017-18 school year. To date 1,424 loans have been given out to 717 students for a total of $2,947,200.


  • Israel, anti-Semitism central to NJ gubernatorial race

    New Jersey Jewish News (10/18/17)
    Few took notice when Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-Dist. 34) was one of three NJ lawmakers to vote in August of 2016 against a bill that banned New Jersey from investing state pension funds in companies that boycott Israel. But that was before she was in the thick of a campaign for lieutenant governor, and now her “no” vote has become the focus of Republican attacks.

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