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.

Jewish Federation Calls for an End to Cruel Border Policy

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ joins 26 Jewish organizations and other religious groups in condemning the cruel and unconscionable policy of separating children from their parents seeking asylum in the United States. more

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GMW UPDATE



IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Thanks to You We Raised More Than $23 Million in 2018 UJA Annual Campaign – We are proud to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the donors in our community, we have exceeded our projections and raised a total of $23.6 million, an increase over last year’s total. more

What a Night at the Ballpark! – On Sunday, July 29, more than 500 members of our Greater MetroWest Jewish community came together at the TD Bank Ballpark to watch the Somerset Patriots’ exciting win over the visiting Road Warriors. more

End Your Summer with a FREE Family Fun Day at Camp – Cap off your summer at the 5th annual FREE Family Fun Day at camp. Enjoy the lake, pool, zipline, arts & crafts, sports, games plus community BBQ, marshmallow roast, song session and more. more

Legacy Donors Turn Annuals into Perennials – Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) ended its fourth successful year with a lively and colorful cocktail party and awards ceremony to celebrate donors and legacy team members from its partner synagogues and agencies. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BLOG: Achi Israeli, My Brother Israeli – Achi Israeli is a program operated by our Federation and funded through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation. It speaks directly to our Kedma agenda of promoting shared and cohesive society in Israel. more

Teaching the Language of Coexistence – At the Hagar School in Beersheva, I witnessed a dream realizing itself. My three weeks of volunteering there recently showed me shalom and salaam. more


YOUR IMPACT

New Initiative Brings Shoa Survivors to Speak to Campers – Sixteen teenagers sat on the floor in the wooden shack that serves as the Performing Arts Center at JCC Camp Deeny Riback in Flanders. On this sunny Friday, July 20, their rapt attention was directed not at performers, but at Mark Schonwetter and Hanna Keselman, two Holocaust survivors. more

Federation in Israel – When my wife Meryl and I were in Israel in June, Heidi Kuperman, missions director of our Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, was able, on very short notice, to arrange for us to meet with Amir Shacham, the associate executive VP of Global Connections, who is based in Israel. more


IN THE NEWS

Rabbi Mark Katz Takes Helm at Bloomfield’s Ner Tamid

New President Elected to Lead State Association

MetroWest’s Night at the Ballpark Is a Home Run


DID YOU KNOW? – During the summer months, we know that many of the kids are off to camp and families head out on vacations. We are busy planning for the holidays and upcoming fall events and programs, so we will send out Access Federation every other Tuesday during this time.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

August 19-30
SUMMER MITZVAH MANIA

Every Spring & Summer, JTEEN-GMW offers Mitzvah Mania: HANDS-ON service opportunities incorporating Jewish Service Learning for students ages 12-18. more

August 30
CREATE AND PACK — VOLUNTEER BOOT CAMP IN SOUTH ORANGE

Create and pack “Back-to-School” goodie bags for students in the Newark public schools to help get them excited about learning. Great activity for parents and children together! more

September 2, 2018
FAMILY FUN DAY AT CAMP

End your summer with an exciting, fun-filled day at camp! Activities for all family members. more

October 5, 2018
LION OF JUDAH CELEBRATION

Honoring Paula Gottesman, 2019 recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. more

October 14-22
COMMUNITY MISSION 2018

Amazing things happen on a CommUNITY Mission. more