Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest is the largest Jewish philanthropy in New Jersey and the eighth largest Federation in the country, serving the Jewish community in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset counties. Inspired by our Jewish values, Federation cares for people in need locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Together, Federation builds upon and ensures a vibrant Jewish community today for future generations. We care. We build. We save.

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GMW UPDATE



IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

BLOG: Celebrating Us by Dov Ben-Shimon – You’ll definitely want to join me at LIVE365, and here’s why… First, my dedicated, inspiring colleague, Brian Eglash, will be speaking. Brian is a senior professional at the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh as well as a congregant at the Tree of Life synagogue. more

It’s Time for March Matchness to Triple Your Impact! – Thanks to two generous families, NextDor donors (age 25-45) have the opportunity to triple their impact when making a gift to the 2019 UJA Campaign. more

Calling All Teens: Register Now for J-Serve–the International Day of Jewish Youth Service – J-SERVE is a community-wide day of volunteering in which hundreds of Jewish teens from across Greater MetroWest will come together to participate in meaningful Jewish service-learning projects. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Host a Rishon & Bring Israel Home! – We are looking for warm, loving families to serve as hosts. This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children to create a lasting connection with a young Israeli! more

Largest Study of Jewish Teens Previewed at Jewish Funders Network – At this week’s Jewish Funders Network Conference, The Jewish Education Project unveiled what we believe to be the largest study of American Jewish teens ever conducted, with 17,576 teens participating. more


YOUR IMPACT

BLOG: Jewish Values by Robert Lichtman – It’s probably a bit unfair, but whenever I hear the expression “Jewish values,” my ears twitch a little. That’s because I think, for the most part, people equate “Jewish” values with ethical, Western values. more

Largest Study of Jewish Teens Previewed at Jewish Funders Network – At this week’s Jewish Funders Network Conference, The Jewish Education Project unveiled what we believe to be the largest study of American Jewish teens ever conducted, with 17,576 teens participating. more


IN THE NEWS

Israeli and American Teens Harmonize at Lincoln Center – Adina Warschawski reluctantly tried out for HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir at the suggestion of her father, who thought she should be involved with a co-ed extracurricular activity since she attends Ilan High School, an all-girls’ Orthodox school in Ocean Township. more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – A delegation of Greater MetroWest donors and professionals are currently attending the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) International Conference in San Francisco. JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny – who recently spoke at our own JCF event – gave a thought-provoking address. Read his speech on “the overarching and unique challenges we face [as a Jewish community]… in the 21st century” here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 24-26
AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE

Be part of the Jewish Federation delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference. Join a special cohort of Greater MetroWest parents and teens at the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement in the United States. more

March 27-April 7
NEW JERSEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The NJJFF gives individuals, corporations, foundations, and grantmakers the opportunity to link their names with a highly visible cultural event that serves the Greater MetroWest community. NJJFF film-goers are successful, sophisticated, well-educated, brand-loyal community leaders. more

March 28
LIVE365 WITH ISRAELI CHEF MICHAEL SOLOMONOV

Michael Solomonov will share his journey to becoming an internationally acclaimed chef, including his passion for Israel and his struggles and triumphs along the way, in conversation with local chef Meny Vaknin. more

March 31
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – ENHANCED SUCCESSION PLANNING WITH SPEAKER DR. ERICA BROWN

Synagogues don’t always consider future leadership until the last moment. This seminar will examine structures and mechanisms for identifying and mentoring future lay or professional leaders so that the goals and implementation of one leadership team can continue through the transition to another. more

April 2
ISRAELI ELECTIONS WEBINAR – PARTIES AND CAMPAIGNS

This series of informative webinars is designed to educate the community on topics such as the Israeli election process, political parties, election campaigns and messaging, and an interpretation of the outcomes. more

April 4
JVS JOB-SEEKERS WORKSHOP – GALVANIZE INTO ACTION

In this highly interactive presentation, Terrence “Terry” Seamon, an executive career transition consultant with The Ayers Group, will explain the six elements of a pro-active job search, based on the word “ACTION”. more

April 7
COMMUNITY MITZVAH DAY

Join us for a day of hands-on service experiences throughout Greater MetroWest. Activities available for all ages and stages – choose the activity that is best for your family. Which mitzvah will YOU find meaningful? more

April 11
WOMEN WITH PURPOSE

Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Gentile Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke. Irene received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust while working for a high-ranking German official. Jeannie will share her mother’s riveting life story, which was told each night on Broadway in the nationally acclaimed play “Irena’s Vow” starring Tovah Feldshuh. more

April 16
ISRAELI ELECTIONS WEBINAR – RESULTS AND ANALYSIS

This series of informative webinars is designed to educate the community on topics such as the Israeli election process, political parties, election campaigns and messaging, and an interpretation of the outcomes. more

May 1
YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION WITH SPEAKER BOB MAX

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University for our Yom HaShoah Commemoration: The Greatest Generation. more