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GMW UPDATE


Federation wishes everyone in our Greater MetroWest family a peaceful and happy Passover!


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Nature Play the Jewish Way – Join us for a sensory-rich, outdoor family adventure connecting Judaism to nature through treasuring hunting, storytelling, and more, in partnership with the South Mountain Nature School. more

This Is Hunger Exhibit Humanizes Food Insecurity – During its week-long Greater MetroWest stop along its nation-wide tour, MAZON’s This Is Hunger exhibit welcomed more than 500 local visitors to take a close-up look at the reality of hunger in our countryr. more

What’s Jewish about Estate Planning? – Rabbi Ozer Glickman of Oliver Wyman, Portfolio Risk Technologies, and Yeshiva University will address this topic at Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Network on April 27. All are welcome to attend. Registration is required. more

Top Family-Friendly Picks from PJ Library – Each month, your GMW PJ Library puts out a newsletter chock-full of family-friendly activities, local events, and other great ideas. To see this month’s issue, click here. To subscribe to the e-newsletter contact Andrea Bergman at abergman@jfedgmw.org.


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Boosting Our Israel Spirit – Our Greater MetroWest Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations are going to have even more Israel spirit this year, thanks to more than 80 Israeli delegates who will be here celebrating with us. more

BLOG: GMW to the Rescue – When 11 Israeli teens and their advisor found themselves stranded in Newark Airport on their way to Minneapolis, our community got an SOS call, stepped up, and showed the weary visitors some true GMW Shabbat hospitality. By Community Shaliach Moshe Levi. more


YOUR IMPACT

AGENCY SPOTLIGHT: Hebrew Free Loan Announces Building Jewish Families Fund – This fund provides interest-free loans to help defray the costs associated with fertility treatments, surrogacy, and/or adoption, with the express intention of helping to build Jewish homes and strengthen Jewish families. more

The Impact of One’s Life – Yesterday was the 22nd anniversary of the tragic death of Alisa Flatow, a young woman from Greater MetroWest who was murdered by a bomber while riding a public bus in Israel. Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene writes about her legacy. more

Persistence Rewarded – After ten years, Rutgers Hillel dedicated its new building – the Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House. At 40,000 square feet, the structure on the Wilf Family Campus in New Brunswick is one of the largest Hillel facilities in the country. more


IN THE NEWS


DID YOU KNOW? Federation’s Director of Chaplaincy, Cecille Asekoff, is one of two recipients of this year’s prestigious National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Outstanding Colleague Award for her dedication and service to the field of chaplaincy. The award will be presented at their National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 29.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Now through May 4
FROM MEMORY TO HISTORY

Faces and voices of the Holocaust exhibit. more

April 20
MIMOUNA

All are welcome at this traditional North African Jewish end-of-Passover celebration. more

April 24
ANNUAL YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION

Antisemitism Then and Now with featured speakers the Hon. Irwin Cotler and survivors Bernard and Henry Schanzer. more

April 26
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Followed by Lunch & Learn with Irit Felsen, author of Defying Evil: The Post War Lives of Children of the Shoah. more

April 27
JCF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS NETWORK

Featuring Rabbi Ozer Glickman discussing What’s Jewish About Estate Planning. more

April 30-May 11
CELEBRATE ISRAEL!

Yom Hazikaron Commemorations and Yom Ha-Atzmaut Celebrations throughout the GMW community. more

May 7 and June 11
NATURE PLAY THE JEWISH WAY

Join us outdoors as we partner with the South Mountain Nature School for a special adventure. more

May 9
SIX DAYS AND FIFTY YEARS: MILITARY MIRACLE AND POLITICAL DILEMMA

Discussion with journalists Yossi Klein Halevi and Bret Stephens. more