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

Federation’s Holocaust Commemoration Hosted by Kean University – “A Night at the Garden.” Not what you would expect to open a Holocaust remembrance event. Evident almost immediately, the movie generated an instantaneous chill as it became apparent that this was clearly not the portrayal of a pre-war American patriotism rally it was headlined to be. more

Mark Wilf and David Halpern Chair Builders Event that Raises $600K – Thursday, May 9 was Federation’s Annual Builder’s and Allied Trades Event, symbolically held on Israel’s 71st birthday. Nearly 96 individuals from the community came together to support Federation, many of whom have been attending this event for two or even three DECADES! more

CARES Offers Solo Seniors Seminar to Help Prepare for Growing Older without Support – Join Greater MetroWest CARES for a seminar about the unique financial, legal, and other challenges faced by “solo seniors” and ways to prepare in advance. more

Ira Steinberg, Robert Kuchner, Rita Waldor, Robyn Laveman, Brett Tanzman, and Others to Be Honored at Annual Meeting – Celebrate the shared accomplishments of Federation, including Women’s Philanthropy, Global Connections, and the Jewish Community Foundation! more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BLOG: Seeking Out My Brothers and Sisters by Dov Ben-Shimon – I had an amazing meeting the other day with some 15 Orthodox Israeli leaders. This past year, our Jewish Federation invested in a leadership program in the religious-Zionist Orthodox community in Israel. It was one of our flagship Global Connections Kedma programs, to promote shared society and religious diversity. more

Join Us for a Meaningful Summer Experience: Family Camp in Cherkassy, Ukraine – This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Jewish Peoplehood among Americans, Israelis, and Ukrainians. Join us to be a part of an amazing Jewish story with our partnership communities around the world. more


YOUR IMPACT

Teaching Children About the Holocaust by Ilyse Muser Shainbrown – Similar to many mothers (maybe many fathers as well), I have always tended to shelter my children from the horrors that exist in the world. more

Two Spring Mitzvah Mania Opportunities for Teens – 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


IN THE NEWS

Livingston Celebrates Israel@71 – THE TOWNSHIP OF LIVINGSTON hosted a Yom Ha’Atzmaut concert, festival, and Israeli flag-raising ceremony on Thursday, May 9. more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – Our Jewish Federation is providing need-based scholarships to help send more than 100 Greater MetroWest children to Jewish overnight camp this summer. Along with the scholarship, 30 recipients who are first-time campers will receive a camp duffle bag packed with camp essentials. We have the duffles, but we need help gathering some of the supplies. Click here to find out how you can help provide these children with an amazing summer!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

May 29
2019 FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETING

Celebrate the shared accomplishments of Federation, including Women’s Philanthropy, Global Connections, and the Jewish Community Foundation! Tribute to Ira H. Steinberg, outgoing UJA Campaign chair, and Robert G Kuchner, outgoing Jewish Community Foundation president. more

June 2
CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE

The Parade features over 40,000 marchers from many organizations. Hundreds of thousands enthusiastic spectators watch American and Israeli community leaders and dignitaries, entertainers, artists, musicians, dancers, celebrities, floats and marching bands. more

June 3
BAGELS & BOOKS: WITNESS—LESSONS FROM ELIE WIESEL’S CLASSROOM

A Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than 40 books, including the Oprah’s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “I am a teacher first.” more

June 5
BACKPACK BUDDIES

Donate and sort any slightly used or new school supplies for students struggling with poverty. more

June 5
JDC EXCLUSIVE SHOWING OF FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH

Join JDC for an exclusive showing of Fiddler on the Roof, the world’s most beloved and critically acclaimed Jewish musical, featuring a post-show talkback with the cast and the creative team. more

June 6
JVS JOB SEEKERS – HOW A GOOD MEMORY CAN MAKE YOU UNFORGETTABLE

Having a trained memory is a distinct advantage that will get you noticed in today’s competitive business environment. more

June 13
POM DAY 2019

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, the pomegranate has been woven into our traditions. It is said that a pomegranate contains 613 seeds, corresponding to the number of commandments in the Torah. more

June 20
SOLO SENIORS SEMINAR

Join Greater MetroWest CARES for a seminar about the unique financial, legal, and other challenges faced by “solo seniors” and ways to prepare in advance. more

June 23
PJ IN THE USA: THE GARDEN STATE

Enjoy the fruits of our labor in the Gottesman RTW Academy community garden. more