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  • When flowers aren’t enough

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/4/18)
    Naomi Ackerman has been performing her one-woman show about domestic violence for more than two decades. Unfortunately, she said, she doesn’t see an end in sight. “Sadly, it is still relevant,” she told NJJN in a telephone interview from her home in Los Angeles. “A lot has changed, and nothing has changed.

  • Rabbi Aaron Panken, HUC president, killed in plane crash

    JTA (5/5/18)
    Rabbi Aaron Panken, the president of Hebrew Union College, was killed piloting a small aircraft in the Hudson Valley area of New York state. MidHudson News reported that the plane crashed in a wooded area in the Town of Wawayanda, near the New Jersey border Saturday.

  • Why PJ Library Brought 20 Children’s Book Authors to Israel

    ejewish Philanthropy (4/26/18)
    Twenty Jewish-American children’s book authors walk into an Israeli bar. It’s not the beginning of a joke, but rather a life-changing experience for many of us. OK, two of us aren’t Jewish. And two are Canadian. And it was more of an organic farm slash kibbutz slash restaurant slash bar.

  • Survivors speak

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/25/18)
    The program consists of two speakers who are eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and a moderator. The speakers are chosen for the diversity of their stories during the era to help develop awareness that the Holocaust encompassed a wide range of experiences.

  • Essex County Celebrates Israel

    Jewish Link of New Jersey (4/26/18)
    Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut were celebrated last week in Essex County and lauded as making a concrete link in the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. For the fifth year, the Orthodox shuls in Livingston, Springfield and West Orange congregated for a Yom Hazikaron observance.

  • Federation Holds Annual Holocaust Remembrance at Kean University

    Jewish Link of New Jersey (4/19/18)
    The Wilkins Theater at Kean University has graciously become home to the annual Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Holocaust remembrance event. Kean boasts the oldest formal Holocaust studies program in the country, dating back to 1986, according to University President Dr. Dawood Farahi.

  • David Schechner, leader in local Jewish community, dies at 89

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/18/18)
    David Schechner of South Orange and Bradley Beach, a leader of the local Jewish community, died April 12. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was 89. In addition to serving as the 26th president of Oheb Shalom Congregation, Mr. Schechner was a 68-year board member — he began in 1953 upon his marriage, even before he was paying full dues — and the synagogue’s historian.

  • Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellow

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/4/18)
    Rena Abrams of South Orange, who serves as Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Young Leadership Division director, has been named a Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellow. The 18-month program offers participants tools and training to grow professional leadership skills and connect more deeply to Judaism.

  • Journal: Rabbi Elliot Goldberg

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/4/18)
    Rabbi Elliot Goldberg has been appointed the new Upper School principal at Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange. He will begin July 1. Goldberg comes to GOA with more than 20 years of experience in Jewish day schools.

  • House to introduce bill funding Holocaust education programs in schools

    JTA (4/9/18)
    A bipartisan slate of House members is set to introduce a bill that would grant money to Holocaust education in schools. The Never Again Education Act would establish the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund in the U.S. Treasury. A 12-member board would disburse the money to schools.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parkland survivors headline rally at Livingston synagogue

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/28/18)
    Harris T. Jaffe spent two-and-a-half hours hiding in a closet during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wondering if the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, would find him. On Sunday, the 16-year-old was behind a podium at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, calling for legislative action and telling more than 2,300 people his story of survival in a massacre that left 17 of his classmates and teachers dead.

  • 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.

  • 'I lived through it' (1/21/18)
    North Bergen sixth, seventh, and eighth graders learned about the Holocaust from two survivors who spoke at the John F. Kennedy School Jan. 12. The two survivors visited as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest New Jersey, the largest Jewish philanthropy group in the state. New Jersey currently mandates Holocaust education for kids in grades K through 12.

  • 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.


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