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


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IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Hundreds Attend Conference Organized by Federation’s Day School Initiative Following rules, seeking approval, and mastering specific content are far less important in the classroom than collaboration and creative thinking. more

Get Ready for Hanukkah at Dreidel Palooza! – 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

Our Most Generous Donors Enjoy an Exclusive Evening in NYC On October 29 our Federation brought together nearly 50 King David Society (KDS) members (donors who make a minimum combined household gift of $25,000 or more to the UJA Annual Campaign) for a private reception and tour of the exhibit Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. more

The Growing Need for Employment Opportunities for Adults with Disabilities Gainful employment should be available to everyone. People with disabilities, especially those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), want to find jobs that aid in their independence. Fortunately, clients participating in JESPY House’s Work Readiness and Employment Engagement (WREE) program have the opportunity to develop work skills, gain experience, and obtain competitive, integrated employment. more

Need-Based Camp Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020 – The Greater MetroWest Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarship program enables lower-income families to send their children to Jewish overnight camp. more

Share Your Story of Intolerance or Prejudice at a Youth Bias Listening Session The Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias is hosting four community listening sessions to hear from members of the public. If you or your child has been impacted by bias, intolerance or prejudice, we want to hear from you. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BLOG: Our Family Is Under Fire by Dov Ben-Shimon  As you are probably aware, there has been a major flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza in the last couple of days. Here are the major points, from our national Jewish Federations team in Israel: more

Find Out More About Honeymoon Israel GMW at an Upcoming Webinar on Nov. 20 – Learn more about the Greater MetroWest Honeymoon Israel trip scheduled for May 7-May 17, 2020 on our informational Zoom Call on Wednesday, November 20th at 7PM. Click here to sign up for the call. Applications are open until November 24. Click here to find out more.

Host a Rishon & Bring Israel Home – We are looking for warm, loving families to serve as hosts. This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children to create a lasting connection with a young Israeli! more

First-Ever B’nai Mitzvah Celebration at JDC’s Active Jewish Teens Conference – More than 400 Jewish teens from around the world gathered this past weekend for JDC’s 6th annual Active Jewish Teens (AJT) Conference in Kiev. more


YOUR IMPACT

Robert Max, a WWII Combat Veteran, Celebrates His Third Bar Mitzvah at 96 Robert Max was sitting in the office of his Summit home several weeks ago, looking at a black-and-white photo of his late wife of 67 years, Shirley, who died in 2015 at 89. He said he saw Shirley’s lips move. more

One Year After Attack in Pittsburgh, Acts of Kindness Remain Powerful Beyond Words When tragedy strikes, one that hits especially close to home, what can you possibly do, beyond burying the dead, mourning the loss, and coping? Beyond all this, what can be done to help? more


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20
WOMEN WITH PURPOSE

Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a New York–based nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural, and water technologies to rural African villages. She was born in Israel, raised in France, and educated in the United States. more

December 2: Synagogue Inclusion Webinar – Planning for JDAIM

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

December 4
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL REAL TO REEL FILM SERIES: THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ

In 2015, 94-year-old former German S.S. officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed "The Accountant of Auschwitz," went on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews in 1944. more

December 7
LATKE VODKA

We believe in Partying With a Purpose. With your help, Federation drives our community in so many ways. more

SAVE THE DATE

January 27

United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 24

Florida Reunion in Palm Beach Gardens

February 26

Florida Reunion in Boca Raton

March 29

Community Mitzvah Day