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News Archive

January-March 2017



  • Exploring The Complexities Of The Arab Israeli Conflict

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/27/17)
    On Thursday, the Write On students began their day at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The 43 students had the privilege to hear first from Ron Gerstenfeld, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the MFA. Gerstenfeld provided a history of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movemen

  • JCC MetroWest evacuated after bomb threat

    New Jersey Jewish News (2/1/17)
    JCC MetroWest in West Orange received a bomb threat by telephone mid-morning on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Everyone in the building was evacuated safely. No bomb was found, and the building was reopened at approximately 1:15 p.m.


  • NJ federation association presses state for security funds

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/25/17)
    One day after bomb threats to the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains and the JCC of Middlesex County in Edison, Jacob Toporek, executive director of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, urged the State Legislature to expand security grants for vulnerable institutions.

  • Forget continuity, keep teens ‘happy’

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/18/17)
    In the past, Jewish education has stressed the transmission of knowledge, skills, and literacy, but, said Bryfman, that approach “no longer works.” The Jewish Education Project, a nonprofit that works with Jewish educators and clergy, released a study in April highlighting that members of Gen Z — the cohort right behind millennials — prize personal happiness above all else.

  • Tikva Children’s Home launches Holocaust survivor initiative

    New Jersey Jewish News (1/18/17)
    Elderly Holocaust survivors are the unlikely beneficiaries of a new initiative launched by a home for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Odessa. The Tikva Children’s Home in the Ukrainian city, which has helped 1,500 Jewish children since its inception in 1996, will be reaching out to the estimated 3,000 aging Holocaust survivors living below the poverty line in Odessa and its environs.