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.

The community of Greater MetroWest New Jersey stands in solidarity with our friends and family in Arad and all of Israel. We condemn the violence that occurred yesterday and pray for an end to these terrible incidents. Our hearts go out to the family of Sergeant Ron Isaac Kukia, may his memory be a blessing.

We pray for peace for all our friends and partners in Israel and around the world.

Read more about this attack.

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We at Federation wish all our Greater MetroWest family a Happy Hanukkah. May the light of the menorah fill your homes with joy and peace this holiday.​MetroWest family a Happy Hanukkah. May the light of the menorah fill your homes with joy and peace this holiday.​


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Federation Allocates Nearly $2 Million to Direct Programs and Services – Part 4 in our Federation Allocations 101 series details how we allocate money to the seven Federation departments that provide direct services to the community, with a total of 43,000 touch points to individuals this year. more

Winter Bootcamp Registration Now Open – The quiet months of winter are the perfect time to give back to the community through hands-on mitzvah opportunities. Sign up for one, two, or all three! more

BLOG: A Front Row Seat During a Historic Week in D.C. – Our delegation of 16 community members happened to be in D.C. during an action-packed week of legislation and announcements. We saw first-hand how advocacy and relationship building matters. By CRC Director Linda Scherzer. more

Make Policy Conference a Family Affair – 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. Registration is now open. more

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BLOG: You Are What You Give – I’ve often heard people in the community say that Birthright is a “free” trip. But that’s not entirely true. It costs Federation and our funders and partners some $3,000 per young adult for the trip – money well-spent. By Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon. more

Beyond 10 Days: The Long-term Impact of Birthright Israel – A recent study of thousands of Birthright Israel applicants confirmed the program’s impact on shaping the Jewish trajectories of a generation of Jewish young adults and how it continues to influence the lives of participants even a decade after the trip. more


YOUR IMPACT

In Fraught Times, “Light One Candle” – Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Light One Candle” taught millions of Americans that Hanukkah celebrates the power of a single light to bring hope, pride, energy, and empathy to our entire world. It reminded people that great light can emerge in even the darkest of times. more


DID YOU KNOW? – There’s a special blessing for the first night of Hanukkah? Click here for a printable version of Hanukkah prayers and songs you can use as you light your menorah at home.​

OP-Fed In the Spotlight Gifts & Legacies

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

December 16
HAVDALAH PAJAMA PARTY

Light the fourth Hanukkah candle with us at Kidville in Denville. more

December 21
DILLER TEEN FELLOWS REUNION

To find out more contact David Heilbron at dheilbron@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-2712.

December 21
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL LUNCH & LEARN.
more

January 7
WINTER VOLUNTEER BOOT CAMP

Help renovate the oldest operating synagogue in Newark. more

January 11
JKID EDUCATOR INTERCHANGE WORKSHOP

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

January 11
BEING MORTAL 

Join us for a film screening and discussion of Being Mortal, the PBS Frontline documentary based on the best-selling book about the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. more

January 14
SUPER SCIENCE 

Easy Jewish Family Fun event for kids ages 4-6. more

January 17
SPORTS FUN WITH GOA ROADRUNNERS

Easy Jewish Family Fun event for kids ages 5-7. more 

January 17
WINTER VOLUNTEER BOOT CAMP

Work alongside WAE Center clients on a special project. more


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

FEBRUARY 10

LIVE & LEARN

MARCH 11

THE BIGGIVE/CHALLAH BAKE JR.

October 2018

OUR GMW commUNITY MISSION TO ISRAEL! more