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


You’ve read about the amazing day we had at the first Tour de Summer Camps NJ, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out this gallery of photos to get a sense of the good time we all had raising money for a great cause. 


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Federation Annual Meeting Was Incredible Show of Community Unity – Last Thursday evening, our Greater MetroWest community came together to celebrate both Israel at 70 and some outstanding Federation leaders. For the more than 200 who were there, it truly was an inspiring and thought-provoking event. more

CRC Teen Task Force for Common Sense Gun Reform – Teens are invited to join us on a lobbying trip to Washington on Thursday, June 7, to speak with Republican lawmakers and make the case for responsible gun legislation. more

Showing Appreciation for Day School Teacher Leaders – Four Greater MetroWest day school educators traveled to Boston last week for a unique professional development experience as part of the Jerry Gottesman Award for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence. more 

Apply Now for 2018-19 Teen Philanthropy Program – Iris Teen Tzedakah is a one-year program open to high schoolers in grades 9-10 that focuses on philanthropy, Jewish education and leadership. Find out how your teen can become an Iris Advisor next year. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Looking for College Students Who Want to Make a Difference This Summer – Consider volunteering as a counselor at the Cherkassy Jewish Family Camp in Ukraine. Program includes training in Israel. more

We Need Welcoming Host Families for New Cohort of Rishonim – Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to welcome a young Israeli emissary into your home and family for six months. Click here to hear about the incredible bonds these teens and their host families build. more

Global Connections Recruiting for Living Bridges Programs – Here are some great opportunities to connect with our Israeli partners: Hoop/Dance Connections for teens this summer, Cycling2Gether for adults who would like to get to know our partnerships in Israel through bike riding (February 2019) and Peoplehood Cohort 5 (adults interested in a living bridge, Israel leadership program to begin September 2018). Contact Randi Brokman for more information.


YOUR IMPACT

BLOG: Remembering Rabbi Aaron Panken – “He strove to guide and mentor generations of Reform leaders to be the caretakers of the Jewish people... Though his life was cut short, his impact will be felt for years to come.” By Lisa Lisser. more


IN THE NEWS

Rutgers Hillel Celebrates 75 Years

 


DID YOU KNOW? – Grants and scholarships are still available for summer camp 2018! So if you’ve been considering sleepaway camp for your child, now’s the time to do it. Contact Tracy Levine via email or at (973) 929-2970 to find the perfect camp fit for your child or teen and to learn if you qualify for a grant or scholarship.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

May 30
WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY ANNUAL MEETING

Honoring outgoing president, Rebecca Gold, and recognizing outgoing and incoming officers. more

May 31
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS SPRING GALA

Honoring outgoing chair, Paula Saginaw, and saying goodbye to this year’s Mishlachat. more

June 6
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL REAL TO REEL FILM SERIES

In Remember, a survivor sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal. more

June 10
LIGHTING UP WITH SCIENCE

Easy Jewish Family Fun event for kids ages 2-6. more

June 14
JTOT IN THE PARK

Bring a picnic dinner and join us in Verona Park. more

June 18
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL LUNCH & LEARN

Meet survivor Trudy Klein Gompers. more


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

June 3

CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE

July 29

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME WITH THE SOMERSET PATRIOTS