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Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest is the largest Jewish philanthropy in New Jersey and the eighth largest Federation in the country, serving the Jewish community in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset counties. Inspired by our Jewish values, Federation cares for people in need locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Together, Federation builds upon and ensures a vibrant Jewish community today for future generations. We care. We build. We save.

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GMW UPDATE



IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Chefs Entertain at Federation Fund-raiser – Just before the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov demonstrated his five-minute hummus recipe, Maxine Schwartz, a jewelry designer from Westfield, presented a $32,000 check to Brian Eglash of Pittsburgh. more

The Majesty of Coming Together: Reflections on AIPAC Policy Conference 2019 – Walking the massive hallways of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center last week, I experienced something which, for me, was a rare and sacred moment in an increasingly divided America. more

Family Seders and Other Community Passover Eventsmore

16 Camps Awarded Yashar Initiative Grants to Increase Accessibility for Campers and Staff with Disabilities – 16 camps across North America will be the first recipients of a new grant to increase accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities through Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yashar Initiative. more

Two Former DHS Secretaries Join ADL and JFNA to Protect Vulnerable Religious Communities from Violent Threats – Former DHS Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Jeh Johnson will co-chair a new Community Safety and Security Task Force convened by ADL (the AntiDefamation League), a leading anti-hate organization, and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the homeland security and safety initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Ness Board’s Magical Mystery Southern Bus Tour – Purim reminded us to be courageous in speaking out against injustice, intolerance, and hatred whenever and wherever we encounter it. It reminds us to be ever grateful and mindful of the miracles that sustain and protect us and our loved ones. more

Confused about the Upcoming Israeli Election? – Our Jewish Federation’s Israel office has produced this comprehensive summary of the Israeli elections, including an outline of the main issues, coalitions, polls, and possible scenarios. Also, be sure to join Community Shaliach Amit Stern for a Webinar on April 16 to discuss the results and initial analysis. more


YOUR IMPACT

What Could I Do to Support the Pittsburgh Jewish Community? by Maxine Schwartz – On Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, I sat in the first pew at Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, surrounded by my family and friends. I beamed with pride as my third and youngest son, Leo, became a bar mitzvah. more

How to Be Progressive and Pro-Israel by Julie Malaga – Recently, a Jewish friend posted on Facebook that he struggled with his opinion of Israel. His mother was a refugee from Nazi Germany who participated in the State of Israel’s establishment. more

Jewish-Muslim Bonds Tighten in Aftermath of Mosque Shooting – Of course, Rabbi David Levy, regional director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in New Jersey, was appalled at the March 15 terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. more


IN THE NEWS

Active Shooter Training – What would you do if an active shooter entered your house of worship and opened fire? Now, what would you do if your children were in the next room? Police and homeland security experts say running away from the shooter, as fast and as far as you can, is the first option. more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – We’re proud to announce that our own Yoni Glatt, Director of JTEEN-GMW, has been named to the second cohort of the Generation Now Fellowship, a program of the Jewish Education Project. This experience brings together senior professionals from across the country who are interested in making a lasting impact on the field of Jewish teen education and engagement.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

April 11
WOMEN WITH PURPOSE

Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Gentile Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke. Irene received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust while working for a high-ranking German official. Jeannie will share her mother’s riveting life story, which was told each night on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play “Irena’s Vow” starring Tovah Feldshuh. more

April 14
ISRAEL FESTIVAL

Explore the Beautiful and Rich Culture of Israel at Gottesman RTW Academy. Fun for adults and children of all ages. Admission is free! Bring your friends and family! more

April 16
ISRAELI ELECTIONS WEBINAR – RESULTS AND INITIAL ANALYSIS

This series of informative webinars is designed to educate the community on topics such as the Israeli election process, political parties, election campaigns and messaging, and an interpretation of the outcomes. more

May 1
YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION WITH SPEAKER BOB MAX

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University for our Yom HaShoah Commemoration: The Greatest Generation. more

May 2
JEWISH AUTHORS AND IDEAS @ JCC METROWEST: MEET THE AUTHOR ARIEL BURGER

This program will begin with a short commemoration in honor of Yom HaShoah led by the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest. more