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

How Do We Create Community? – How do we create community? This seems to be a common discussion amongst Jewish professionals and lay leadership in congregations, camps, agencies, and, of course, at Federation. more

Stay Up-to-Date on All the Upcoming Teen Events with the JTEEN Calendar – Upcoming Events in the JTEEN-GMW Community - Open to all teens living in/going to school in the GMW area. more

Writing Opportunity for Local High School Students – “Fresh Ink for Teens, a supplement for teen writers and artists that has been published by The New York Jewish Week, NJJN’s sister publication, for more than 18 years, will be establishing a New Jersey-oriented version, according to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Lion of Judah Mexico and Morocco Missions Information Sessions – Join us for one or both of these information sessions to learn about our incredible upcoming Lion of Judah missions. more

Community Shaliach Amit Stern to Lead a Series of Live Webinars on the Israeli Elections – This series of informative webinars is designed to educate the community on topics such as the Israeli election process, political parties, election campaigns and messaging, and an interpretation of the outcomes. more


YOUR IMPACT

BLOG: Values and Valuables by Dov Ben-Shimon – More than 60 of our Greater MetroWest snowbirds gathered last week in a beautiful private home in Boca Raton, Florida for a wonderful evening. more

BLOG: Why Show Up? by Ilyse Muser Shainbrown – Given that I work in the field of Holocaust Education, I am often asked a great deal of “why” questions. Why did something as horrific as the Holocaust happen? more


IN THE NEWS

The People Have Spoken: House Needs to Pass Anti-BDS Legislation – "It is clear to us, along with thousands of state legislators and 26 governors, that the BDS movement has anti-Semitic foundations and is unquestionably anti-Israel. " more


 

DID YOU KNOW? – Purim is a month away. Thanks to this year (5779) being a leap year, another month – this month – has been added to the Jewish calendar to ensure that Passover occurs in the spring time. That means that while today, the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, would be Purim in a regular year, it will arrive exactly a month from today (corresponding to March 21 on your usual calendar). Today is called Purim Katan, a mini Purim. While there are no customs to mark this date, we are still in the month of Adar, a time of seeking and celebrating happiness. So use today’s mini-Purim as a reason to enjoy an extra dose of simcha (joy).

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UPCOMING EVENTS

February 24, 2019
EASY JEWISH FAMILY FUN – ERICA RABNER IN CONCERT

Golda Och Academy Alumna, Erica Rabner, an award-winning singer/songwriter, is coming home to sing at her alma mater! more

March 3, 2019
#ILEAD CONFERENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

An Israel engagement and leadership training conference for high school students more

March 10, 2019
EASY JEWISH FAMILY FUN – PURIM ARTS PROGRAM

Join the Golda Och Academy arts faculty and students for hands-on arts projects, singing, and dancing. more

March 10, 2019
EASY JEWISH FAMILY FUN – JUST BEAD IT!

Use beads to make masks, noise makers, and mosaics. more

March 14, 2019
GAME ON WITH NEXTDOR

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March 18, 2019
CAN JUDAISM SURVIVE THE 21ST CENTURY?

New Jersey Jewish News in partnership with The Community Relations Committee (CRC) Of Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ is proud to present this conversation between Tal Keinan and David Gregory. more

March 31, 2019
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: ENHANCED SUCCESSION PLANNING

This seminar will examine structures and mechanisms for identifying and mentoring future lay or professional leaders so that the goals and implementation of one leadership team can continue through the transition to another. more