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News Archive

April-June 2018


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.