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News Archive

July - September 2015


  • State budget beefs up Holocaust assistance

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)
    Jewish community leaders were pleased with a New Jersey state budget that included long-sought-for appropriation increases. Chief among them was a doubling of assistance for Holocaust survivors, from $200,000 to $400,000.

  • New federation leader learns from the past

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)
    As Leslie Dannin Rosenthal prepared to take office July 1 as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, she attributed her keen dedication to Jewish causes to her upbringing more than 200 miles from her South Orange home.

  • Israelis ‘race’ to learn about local agencies

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/8/15)
    Visitors from the Israeli city of Arad learned about local Jewish institutions during “The Amazing Race Around Greater MetroWest.” As part of their week-long visit to the area, members of the Partnership 2Gether Renewal team and their local hosts fanned out across the community July 6 to meet with staff at 18 agencies and schools.

  • JFS is new volunteer hub for Union County

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/8/15)
    A retired career coach affectionately known as Coach Mel was looking for a way to volunteer with young adults. He wanted to put to good use his many years of experience. But finding the right organization was proving to be daunting.

  • Volunteering: Older adults reap the benefits

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/8/15)
    When we share our time and talents, we solve problems, strengthen communities, improve lives, connect to others, and transform our own lives. By incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their communities and country, volunteers of all ages can gain a sense of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment.

  • Grants to local agencies exceed $250,000

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
    The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded a total of over $250,000 in grants to three Greater MetroWest agencies to improve services for the frail elderly and people with special needs.

  • State grant doubles aid to Shoa survivors

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/15/15)
    New Jersey’s Jewish Family Service agencies will receive $400,000 to serve Holocaust survivors in the new fiscal year, thanks to a “Grants in Aid” allocation in New Jersey’s new state budget.

  • Healthcare ‘hero’ served on two fronts

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/22/15)
    The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey presented its annual Lester Z. Lieberman Legacy Award for Humanism in Healthcare to Lester Bornstein, a man executive director Marsha Atkind hailed as “extraordinary.”

  • MetroWest fears Iran deal may imperil Israel

    Daily Record (7/26/15)
    The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Community Relations Committee is expressing “disappointment” over the recently announced U.S. nuclear accord with Iran, but stopped short of condemning the deal in favor of encouraging “close scrutiny” by Congress and the public before taking an official stance.

  • Congressman Lance to hold meeting on Iran deal at Millburn Town Hall (7/27/15)
    Rep. Leonard Lance of the 7th Congressional District will hold a public forum in Millburn from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Millburn Town Hall, 375 Millburn Ave. Lance will seek constituent input on the Obama administration's deal concerning Iran's nuclear weapons program.

  • All eyes turn to Dems on Iran deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    As he signed off a July 17 conference call on Iran sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) vowed, “If Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will not have my name on it.”

  • Senate committee releases anti-BDS measures

    New Jersey Jewish News (7/29/15)
    On July 23 the NJ Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee held hearings on two anti-BDS measures, representing the NJ Legislature’s response to BDS efforts nationally and internationally, and passed the bills out of committee by a 4-0 vote.


  • Expert asks: What next?

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/5/15)
    An expert on the Iranian nuclear agreement told participants on a conference call sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ that critics of the deal “haven’t shown if they kill this what they get in return, but the supporters haven’t shown how they need to fix it, and I think we need to use this discourse to elevate it.”

  • ‘Legacy’ program marks year of progress

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/5/15)
    Jamie Ramsfelder, a longtime member of Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, never considered making a bequest to her synagogue, even though she is a past president and continues to volunteer behind the scenes.

  • Booker, undecided, weighs Iran nuke deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/12/15)
    Although he remains undecided on whether to approve the multinational nuclear agreement with Iran, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told several hundred Jewish listeners from New Jersey he is weighing his concern about the security of the United States and Israel against potential benefits of the deal.

  • Federation board saw an ‘obligation’ to speak out on Iran deal

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/12/15)
    Even as she recognized a broad diversity of views on the Iranian nuclear agreement inside the local Jewish community, Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, said an “overwhelming” number of members of the board of trustees voted to oppose the deal.

  • Boosting Arad with a race to Masada

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/19/15)
    With coal miners’ headlamps lighting their way, more than 1,000 runners gathered at a cemetery outside the Israeli town of Arad on Aug. 7 for a midnight race to Masada.

  • State Senate approves anti-BDS bills

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/19/15)
    The State Association of Jewish Federations is applauding unanimous votes by the NJ State Senate on two bills that would impede the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement aimed against Israel.

  • Booker squeezed from both sides on Iran

    New Jersey Jewish News (8/26/15)
    Supporters and opponents of the multinational nuclear agreement with Iran are intensifying pressure on Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to vote in their favor.


  • Gottesman grant caps day school tuition

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/9/15)
    Tuition will be capped at all four Jewish day schools in the Greater MetroWest region beginning this year, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation.

  • Four New Jersey day schools to cap tuition for a decade

    JTA (9/11/15)
    Four northern New Jersey Jewish day schools are promising to cap tuition for middle-income families for 10 years.
    A $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation will offset the cost of keeping tuition flat at Golda Och Academy, the Gottesman RTW Academy, the Jewish Educational Center and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.

  • Greater MetroWest agencies meet changing needs

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/22/15)
    When a daughter undertakes the responsibilities of being a caregiver to her aging parents, she may have questions about where to find the care her parents urgently need. As we enter new stages of life, our interests and needs often change and, therefore, so may the resources we seek from our community.

  • Survivor’s story launches new film project

    New Jersey Jewish News (9/30/15)
    The life story of Holocaust survivor Anitta Fox — a Hillside woman whose family members persevered to make artistic and scientific contributions on several continents — will be the first video in a documentary project by the Holocaust Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.