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GMW UPDATE


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IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Synagogue Inclusion Project Fosters Inclusive Congregational Communities Kehillah shlemah – a whole and complete community – can be defined as a community in which every member feels welcome and has a sense of belonging within the fabric of the group. more

Make the AIPAC 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. more

Important Deadlines for Your 2019 Year-End Donations  more

Professionals Gather at Bloomingdale’s to Discuss Retail Landscape with CEO On November 7, about 80 members of Federation’s Business & Professionals Network (BPN) gathered at Bloomingdale’s in the Mall at Short Hills for its inaugural event: The Business of Bloomingdale’s. more

High School Juniors & Seniors – Check Out this Unique Israel Opportunity The Greater MetroWest Israel Engagement Fellowship, available to students in grades 11 and 12, is a five-part program that explores the centrality of Israel in Jewish history and the diversity of Israel today. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

The Final Namaste for Yoga Connections by Leslie Gurland Yoga Connections, a Partnership2Gether program of Federation’s Global Connections department, is celebrating its tenth (and final) year. The program has been one of the most innovative successful Partnership2Gether programs not only in Greater MetroWest but nationally. more

Invitation to All Our GMW Family in Israel! You’re invited to an event just for you – want to invite all our friends from the Greater MetroWest community who are currently in Israel! more

A Sign of Light and Cause for Great Optimism by Craig Levine Recently, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Diller Teen Fellows Program’s annual Professional and Lay Leaders’ Conference (the “PLC,” in the Diller parlance) in Philadelphia. more


YOUR IMPACT

New Chaplain Dedicated to Needs of Survivors A few months ago, Edna Alberts, a resident of Parsippany and member of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, heard about a new program offered by the Joint Chaplaincy Committee of Greater MetroWest (an agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ). more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – The Morris Museum in Morristown has a number of upcoming events with a Jewish twist that you may want to check out. They are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with an exhibition of paintings by David Friedmann, a renowned portraitist in Berlin and Prague before his deportation to Lodz Ghetto in 1941. Jewish violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who escaped persecution in the Soviet Union, will perform a moving concert on Dec. 21 and 22, including works that were banned by the Nazis. And the museum will be open Christmas Day, with a special screening of the beloved 1971 version of Fiddler on the Roof in the Bickford Theater.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 15
DREIDEL PALOOZA WITH MAPLEWOODSHOP

It’s time to get ready for Hanukkah! Join us for an afternoon of fun, including making a string-art dreidel using a hammer and nails* with Maplewoodshop and more! more

January 15
CREATING A COMMUNITY OF BELONGING - WHAT MATTERS MOST?

Join Greater MetroWest Congregational Lay Leadership and Professionals for a series of discussions on how we can create a community in which all members with disabilities and their families have meaningful opportunities to participate in Jewish life. more

April 26-29
WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY MISSION TO MEMPHIS

Take a journey through the soundtrack of a revolution – join us as we delve into Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and the creation of Rock ‘n’ Roll. more

July 1-9, 2020
YOUNG WOMEN’S MISSION TO ISRAEL

This mission is intended for young women who have never been on a Women’s Philanthropy mission to Israel. Mission participants will have the opportunity to make a meaningful gift to the 2021 UJA Annual Campaign. more

SAVE THE DATE

January 27

United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 4

BPN’s An Evening with Karen Rinaldi, author of It’s Great to Suck at Something

February 24

Florida Reunion in Palm Beach Gardens

February 26

Florida Reunion in Boca Raton

March 29

Community Mitzvah Day