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


Check out our Year in Review Video! We are GREATER TOGETHER.

IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Dov Ben-Shimon Thinks Creatively About the Future in His Annual Report – In my past CEO reports I would summarize our successes and challenges from the prior year, and look to the year ahead. But what’s to stop us from thinking creatively about the future?. more

Greater MetroWest Jewish Organizations Receive $1.4 Million from FEMA’s NSGP – We proudly announce that 14 synagogues and partner agencies in our community received, collectively, $1.4 million for security upgrades, amounting to approximately $100,000 each. more

Holocaust Survivor Benefits Workshop: How to Access Services and Reparations – Join us for this informative session to learn which services and reparations you or your loved one are entitled to and how to secure them. more

A Few Spots Remain for JTEEN Habitat for Humanity Mitzvah Opportunity – Grab a hammer and put on gloves! Teens aged 16+ will help build or improve homes for disadvantaged families in Morris County more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Greater MetroWest’s Long-Standing Commitment to Ethiopian Israelis by Amir Shacham – I remember very clearly the first mass protest of the Ethiopian-Israeli community in September of 1985, less than a year after the heroic Operation Moses. more

Campaign Leaders Take an Eye-Opening Trip to South America – Earlier this month, several Federation Campaign lay leaders and professionals took part in the JFNA Financial Resource Development Leadership Mission to Argentina and Uruguay to learn about how Federation funds are used to support Jewish communities throughout South America. more

BLOG: People Always Come Before Politics by Melanie Robbins – Israel is complicated. No one is going to argue against that; but it is also our home, our nation, and our peoplehood. more

Rishonim17 (All 9 of Them) Arrive this Thursday! more

Former Israeli Shlichim to Train as Diaspora Ambassadors – IN LIGHT OF the growing challenges between global Jewry and Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ruderman Family Foundation are launching a new initiative that will train former Jewish Agency shlichim (Israeli emissaries) to connect Israelis to the diaspora after returning from Jewish communities around the world. more


YOUR IMPACT

Time to Prioritize the Battle Against Anti-Semitism by Archie Gottesman – Archie Gottesman is on the boards of Zioness and Democratic Majority for Israel, both of which fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate through political and social action. more

A Montclair Resident’s Story of Survival, Now on Film – Denny Klein of North Caldwell, his wife Cathy, 17-year-old twin daughters Evie and Rebecca, son Joey, and Ruth Ravina of Montclair enjoyed a meal at T.S. Ma’s, the Chinese restaurant in Upper Montclair they often frequent together on Sunday evenings. more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – JFNA – The Jewish Federations of North America – is hosting informational webinars immediately before and after the Israeli election. Registration is open to all. To register for Israeli Elections September 2019: Will We Actually See a Result This Time? on Thursday, September 12 at 1 p.m. with David Horovitz, founding editor of The Times of Israel, click here. To register for The Results Are In! Outcomes and Analysis of the Israeli National Election on Wednesday, September 18 at noon with Ya’akov Katz, editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

August 19-29
SUMMER MITZVAH MANIA

Mitzvah Mania refers to the Jewish Service Learning projects run by JTEEN in the Greater MetroWest area. All Mitzvah Mania projects combine productive, hands-on service projects with relevant Jewish learning. more

September 11 and September 18 (with a Russian translator)
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BENEFITS WORKSHOP

Join us for this informative session to learn which services and reparations you or your loved one are entitled to and how to secure them. more

September 13
PJ LIBRARY JEWISH FAMILY FUN AT THE MESSY ARTIST

Start the Jewish New Year off with friends old and new! Join Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ for some messy play and a PJ Library story. You'll take home a holiday craft and a Shabbat treat! more

September 22
TOUR DE SUMMER CAMPS NJ INCLUDING FAMILY FUN DAY!

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Tour de Summer Camps NJ is a community celebration and fundraising event. The Tour will feature four amazing routes for cyclists of all skill levels. more

September 23
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL BAGELS & BOOKS – THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. more