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Synagogue Initiatives

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is committed to partnering with synagogues to create vibrant Jewish life in our community.

The Synagogue Leadership Council works to strengthen our local synagogue community and its relationship with Federation so that we can work together in pursuit of our shared goals. The Council advises Federation on many programs that benefit synagogues. It is chaired by Larry Rein and is comprised of synagogue leaders representing all denominations and geographic areas of Greater MetroWest.

Many of Federation’s programs and professionals are available as resources to help synagogues in their sacred work. They are listed here with links to more information. Resources for your synagogue members are also summarized below.

All of Federation’s programs and services are made possible by funds raised through the UJA Annual Campaign.

* These programs offer periodic grants to synagogues for special purposes.

Synagogue Directory

Community Calendar / JFamily Calendar

Bit of Torah Videos by Clergy

We also encourage synagogues to be in touch with the New Jersey Jewish News (NJJN). Please note that the NJJN is published by the Jewish Week Media Group and has no formal relationship with Jewish Federation.

Inclusion, disability and mental health awareness * – Greater MetroWest ABLE
Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Manager

Senior Programs and Chesed (Caring) Support
Cecille Asekoff, Joint Chaplaincy Director
Marian Marlowe, CARES Manager

Civic Engagement and Public Advocacy – Community Relations Committee
Linda Scherzer, Director

Teen Learning, Leadership and Service Opportunities
JTeen Programs: Yoni Glatt and Avi Remetz
Diller Teen Coordinator: Scott Kalmikoff

Holocaust Education and Commemoration
Holocaust Council: Ilyse Shainbrown and Jamie Carus

Israel Engagement and Education *
Teenage emissaries / “Rishonim”
Community Shlichim: Amit Stern and Shiri Mass

Federation Partner Agencies
Federation’s 23 local and four overseas partners provide valuable programs and services to the local and global Jewish community. Federation staff are available to help synagogues connect with these organizations for speakers, community service opportunities, missions, trips and more.

Adults 60+ and Eldercare
Marian Marlowe, CARES Coordinator

Jewish Summer Camp – information, grants and scholarships
Tracy Levine, Director

PJ Library – books and resources for young families
Andrea Bergman, Director

Day Schools – information and tuition assistance
Rebecca Hindin, Director

Hands-on Volunteer Opportunities
Lindsay Norman, Associate

Donor Advised Funds – charitable giving
Contact: Beverly Kestenbaum



Sarah Segal, Manager of Synagogue Initiatives
Phone: (973) 929-2952

Federation Contacts for Synagogue Leaders: Download PDF