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.

In the space of a few weeks, we have watched as hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc and devastation in the southern part of our country and in neighboring nations. In Houston, Florida, Mexico City, Puerto Rico and elsewhere, recovery and rebuilding efforts will be longstanding and extremely costly. Find out what Jewish Federations of North America has been doing, both financially and on the ground, to help the victims. more

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GMW UPDATE


How to give back after Thanksgiving… As you prepare for your family’s abundant celebrations of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, consider what you can do to help provide for those who are struggling to put food on their tables. Next week’s Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are two opportunities for you give back. more


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Federation Allocations 101 Part 3: Global and National Allocations – The third installment in our Allocations 101 series focuses on how we allocate $4.39 million dollars to overseas, Israel, and national organizations. more

A Conversation with Ben Platt at LIVE365 – Join us on December 11 at our largest community-wide event of the year, featuring a conversation with the Tony Award-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen. more

BLOG: The Center Stage – Now, more than ever before, the General Assembly, where our Jewish Federations come together, serves as the primary venue to address the central pressing issues we face as diaspora Jews. And anyone can come – everyone is invited. By Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon. more

Aging & Disability Workshop Series for Parents & Caregivers – Greater MetroWest CARES and ABLE are partnering with JESPY and JSDD to bring these workshops to the community. The workshops are free and open to the public but registration is required. Join us at one or both sessions. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Pluralism over the Years – Our Global Connections chair Paula Saginaw delivered a presentation at the JFNA General Assembly last week about our Federation’s ground-breaking religious pluralism efforts in Israel. Read an adaptation of her presentation here.


YOUR IMPACT

Local Leader Honors Father Through Gift to Israel Tennis Center – Ellen Goldner and her husband, Alan, decided that a fitting tribute to her father would be a gift to the Israel Tennis Center to fund a program for at-risk Ethiopian youth. more

Her Super Sweet 16 – Hannah Stepak, a graduate of our Iris Teen Tzedakah program and a current participant in Iris Teen Mitzvot, celebrated her 16th birthday by organizing 13 community services activities to benefit worthy causes. more


DID YOU KNOW? – Federation allocates close to $1 million annually to fight hunger. Why not make a donation to help us feed those less fortunate as part of your Thanksgiving celebration? Donate here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 29
NAVIGATING MENTAL HEALTH FOR TEENS

JFS MetroWest is offering this free program for the parents of middle and high school students. more

December 2
LATKE VODKA

20- to 40-somethings are invited to come out and party with a purpose at this annual social event. more

December 3
MITZVAH MADNESS

Easy Jewish Family Fun event offering community service projects for kids ages 3-7. more

December 3
THE EVOLUTION OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

The first in the Aging & Disability Workshop Series for parents and caregivers. more

December 4
JKID EDUCATOR INTERCHANGE

Get ideas for how your pre-school, day school, or synagogue can create an inspiring Yom Ha’atzmaut program. more

December 4
BAGELS AND BOOKS

Join Holocaust Council to discuss the book The Inextinguishable Symphony by Martin Goldsmith. more

December 5
ISRAEL AT 70: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

Join us for a free evening at NJPAC with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. more

December 6
SYNAGOGUE LEADERS – RECHARGE YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS

The next in our series of Synagogue Leadership seminars. more

December 7
LIFE TRANSITIONS/PLANNING

The second in the Aging & Disability Workshop Series for parents and caregivers. more

December 9
HAVDALLAH PAJAMA PARTY 

For kids 8 and under and their parents at Kidville in Summit. more

December 11
LIVE365

Join us at this community-wide event featuring a conversation with Tony Award-winning actor Ben Platt. more

December 13
REAL TO REEL FILM SERIES

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a couple who helped save hundreds of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. Starring Jessica Chastain. more


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

October 2018

OUR GMW commUNITY MISSION TO ISRAEL! more