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News Archive

January-March 2015


  • Prayer, program in the wake of Paris attacks

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/14/15)
    A local educator has crafted a prayer to be recited before lighting Shabbat candles to provide a means for community members to commemorate the victims and express concerns in the wake of the terrorist murders in Paris.

  • Golda Och to build new STEM facility

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/21/15)
    Golda Och Academy in West Orange is planning to build a center to educate its upper school students in the STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — curriculum.

  • Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains to host Ladies Night Out event (1/21/15)
    Women in the Greater MetroWest community will be able to hear a firsthand experience of how Jews and Muslims can successfully come together at an upcoming Women’s Philanthropy event. Ladies Night Out, featuring Yael Luttwak, director of the documentary A Slim Peace, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains.

  • JVS, mulling changes, names new top exec

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/21/15)
    Addy Bonet, the new executive director of the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest NJ, is the first non-Jew and first female to hold the position at the 75-year-old agency.


  • Bibi speech: Fair warning or political debacle?

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/11/15)
    As the March 3 date of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech before Congress draws closer, leaders in New Jersey’s Jewish community are concerned that it not undermine bipartisan congressional support for Israel.

  • Michael Oren bids to speak for ‘all of us’

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/11/15)
    Michael Oren, born in New York and raised in West Orange, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to translate a word into Hebrew for his assistant.

  • College soph connects peers with Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/18/15)
    It was in high school that Jonas Singer of Millburn discovered a passion for Israel advocacy — cultivated in large part by Write On For Israel, a two-year fellowship for high school juniors and seniors sponsored locally by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, the federation’s Jewish identity-building organization.

  • Crisis in Ukraine: Update (2/9/15)

    Pro-Russian separatists have been battling Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine since April 2014. According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as of January 30, the death toll exceeds 5,350 (among them more than 50 children).

  • Israeli-Arab women tell of trials, triumphs

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/25/15)
    Facing tough odds because of their gender, ethnicity, and independent nature, two Israeli Arab women explained how they are working to build a new educated professional class of Muslim women inside Israel.

  • Losing weight in hopes of gaining peace

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/25/15)
    Slim Peace started with a simple idea. Could women in Israel from different backgrounds and religions come together to lose weight — and perhaps find peace? In 2001, filmmaker Yael Luttwak, now in her early 40s, set off for Israel to find out.


  • Ex-envoy urges students to defend Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/4/15)
    Danny Ayalon, Israel’s former deputy foreign minister, urged local students to “know the facts” and be ready to respond to attacks on Israel on college campuses.

  • Retreat trains student activists for Israel

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/4/15)
    Some 50 high school and college students attended an Israel advocacy retreat at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, learning the skills to counter anti-Israel activism on campus and promote the country to their peers.

  • Stories of survival shared at West Essex

    The Progress (3/26/15)
    Three Holocaust survivors spoke to students during a pair of assemblies at the West Essex Middle School on Tuesday, March 23 and shared their harrowing experiences from more than 70 years ago.

  • ‘Shoppers’ load up their carts for others

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/11/15)
    Some families came because it’s become a tradition for them, others were eager for a new experience, and yet others just happened to be shopping at the ShopRite in Clark or the Greater Morristown ShopRite in Cedar Knolls and spotted a chance to help the hungry.

  • Waldor-Wexner announces new cohort

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/18/15)
    The next class of Wexner fellows from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ has been announced. The two-year Jerry Waldor Institute-Wexner Heritage Program, which brings together 20 fellows from the Greater MetroWest community, aims to give participants — through a series of shared experiences, intensive discussions, travel, study, and reflection — deeper connections and commitment to federation and the local Jewish community.

  • Program will link fate of Jews, Armenians

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/18/15)
    Jewish and Armenian young people will embark on a joint educational program that will combine study of the Holocaust and the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago.

  • Act protecting women gains local backers

    New Jersey Jewish News (3/25/15)
    With a push from local Jewish groups and others, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Dist. 11) is the latest local lawmaker to support the International Violence Against Women Act.