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News Archive

April-June 2016


  • Help for women comes from even youngest

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/13/16)
    At a March 21 event held simultaneously in two locations in Essex and Morris counties, children and their parents — a total of some 70 families — gathered to pack purses with necessary items to be distributed to, among others, clients receiving counseling through the Rachel Coalition and those awaiting restraining orders against abusive partners in Newark Family Court.

  • CRC director to cross the Hudson

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/13/16)
    Melanie Roth Gorelick, the director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ since 2009, is taking her skills as an activist on numerous issues across the Hudson River. On May 2, she will become vice president of the national Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

  • ‘Tikun olam’ urged in criminal justice reform

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/13/16)
    On April 6, 120 community members turned out to hear an in-depth exploration of the dark side of the criminal justice system — what one panelist said were “issues that we thought we’d resolved 50 years ago” — as well as emerging signs of “opportunity and hope.”

  • They came to ‘repair the world’

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/20/16)
    An energetic corps of area teens chose to spend the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, “repairing the world.” They were not alone; more than 11,000 Jewish teens took part in J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, in communities around the globe. Sponsored this year in partnership with Repair the World, Youth Service America, and BBYO, it is a day when young people perform mitzvot and acts of tzedaka to “give back” in their communities.

  • Record participation in Rutgers Hillel run

    New Jersey Jewish News (4/20/16)
    A record 375 runners and walkers competed April 10 in the Ezra Schwartz Memorial Fifth Annual FIT (For Israel Team Hillel) event. The event, raised $32,500 to benefit the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement.


  • Celebrating Pesach’s end the Moroccan way

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/11/16)
    More than 120 community members ended Passover this year as the Moroccan Jews do — by attending a Mimouna celebration marking the official end of matza-eating and the return to hametz. The North African tradition is imbued with themes of good fortune, fertility, and prosperity.

  • State Senate passes anti-BDS legislation

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/11/16)
    On May 9, the New Jersey State Senate unanimously passed legislation that would prohibit state pension and annuity funds from being invested in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses.

  • At Y, celebrating Israel, honoring its fallen

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/24/16)
    n a tradition the Union Y community has come to rely on, on Thursday evening, May 12, Israel’s fallen heroes and their families were honored in a ceremony marking Yom Hazikaron, immediately followed by a shift to upbeat gaiety in a celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

  • Ruth Ravina shares story of survival

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/25/16)
    Holocaust survivor Ruth Ravina of Montclair told her childhood story of horror and rescue at an April 26 event organized by National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section, and the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest.

  • New Jersey Jewish News (5/11/16)
    Some 75 community members — including Holocaust survivors, their children, and grandchildren — paid homage to those murdered by the Nazis and their allies at an observance of Yom Hashoa, May 5 on the Aidekman campus in Whippany.

  • Social worker raises alarm on elder abuse

    New Jersey Jewish News (5/11/16)
    ome 85 caregivers employed by 11 agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ heard a geriatric social worker declare that the problem of senior abuse is growing, within and outside the Jewish community.


  • Bamberger book is author’s ‘obsession’

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/1/16)
    As she held aloft an uncorrected proof of her new book, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist, Linda Forgosh described it as “a cross between an obsession and a labor of love.”

  • Survivor offers instructive ‘look backward’

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/1/16)
    Newark Mayor Ras Baraka honored Holocaust survivor Ruth Ravina with a plaque and a speech, calling her “a resilient, eloquent voice for those who can no longer speak about these horrors and an inspiration for future generations to create a world free of bigotry, racism, and genocide.”

  • Students capture survivors’ emotions on film

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/8/16)
    Over 350 people came to Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston to watch the June 1 premiere of Names Not Numbers: A Movie in the Making, the student-made documentary featuring interviews with seven people about their experiences of suffering and survival during the Shoa.

  • From generation to generation

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/8/16)
    JCC Metrowest will celebrate three generations of leadership as Marilyn and Lester Bornstein, Flo Peck and family, and Amelia and Cory Perlstein will be the distinguished honorees at the L’Dor V’dor (From Generation to Generation) Gala on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Crystal Plaza, Livingston.

  • GOA celebrates 50 years of growth and success

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/15/16)
    All year, Golda Och Academy is involving its 550-plus students in activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary, but on June 9, the party was for grown-ups: former students, staff, and parents — past and present — and benefactors.

  • A town where ‘journey is just beginning’

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/15/16)
    Well over 600 people came to the ground breaking for the Friendship Circle’s LifeTown in Livingston on June 6. Outside the building on Microlab Road, children, teens, and adults filled the folding chairs for the official ceremony, although the younger kids much preferred the bouncy houses, the truck they could climb on and explore, and the troughs where cement was ready for them to mix with pint-sized shovels.

  • Suitcase represents Shoa suffering, survival

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/22/16)
    A battered relic of one child’s wrenching separation from his family during the Holocaust has acquired an aura of poignant sorrow due to a more recent sad occurrence.

  • Camps weave transgender kids into summer tapestry

    New Jersey Jewish News (6/22/16)
    Bathrooms accessible for transgender people are old news at Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist movement’s summer camp in South Sterling, Pa. Five years ago they posted signs on bathroom doors stating: “This bathroom may be used by any person regardless of gender identity or expression.” Camp JRF set a tone consonant with today’s cultural norms from its founding in 2002, according to director Isaac Saposnik.