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.

The community of Greater MetroWest New Jersey stands in solidarity with our friends and family in Arad and all of Israel. We condemn the violence that occurred yesterday and pray for an end to these terrible incidents. Our hearts go out to the family of Sergeant Ron Isaac Kukia, may his memory be a blessing.

We pray for peace for all our friends and partners in Israel and around the world.

Read more about this attack.

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GMW UPDATE


It’s less than one week until the event of the year… LIVE365, a conversation with Ben Platt, the Tony Award-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen! You won’t want to miss out, so register today! Online registration closes Wednesday, December 7 at 2 p.m.


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

BLOG: How Might the New Tax Bill Affect Your Charitable Giving? – With major revisions in the tax code looming but still so uncertain, here are some things to consider about accelerating your charitable giving into 2017, potentially saving yourself money before rates are likely to change. By JCF President Robert Kuchner. more

Announcing Our Tour de Camp Cycling Event – We are thrilled to announce that our first-ever Tour de Summer Camps NJ will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Proceeds of this community cycling and family fun event will make it possible for more children across Greater MetroWest NJ to have the life-changing experience of attending Jewish summer camp. more

BLOG: CRC Lobbying Mission Heads to Washington, D.C. – A delegation of 16 community members heads to D.C. to meet with our elected congressional leaders and lobby on the issues of critical importance to our Jewish community. By CRC Director Linda Scherzer. more

35 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in New Jersey – Hanukkah may be just eight days, but we are partying all month long! Visit us on Kveller.com for a list of family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday all over Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. more

 


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

We’re Still Looking for Good Homes for Our Rishonim – These young emissaries from our partner communities in Israel work throughout our community to spread the spirit of Israel. We are looking for warm, loving families with school-age kids to serve as hosts from February 1– June 30, 2018. See the flier or contact Shiri Mass at smass@jfedgmw.org for more information.


YOUR IMPACT

Religious School Teacher Honored for Excellence – The recipient of the 2017 Hoffman-Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education is Linda Shapiro Wolf, a third- and fourth-grade Hebrew and Judaica teacher in the religious school at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains. The award was presented at last night’s JKid Educator Interchange workshop. more

“Freedom Song” Lifts the Shroud of Denial on Jews and Addiction – Community member Lisa Lisser writes in the New Jersey Jewish News how she is working with Federation’s Greater MetroWest ABLE to address the problem of addiction in our community. more

 


IN THE NEWS

 

5 Things Jewish Day Schools Are Doing to Lower Tuition Costs

JFS Advisers Race Against Clock for Medicare Sign-up

Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany Offers New Programs for Assisted Living Residents

 


DID YOU KNOW? – Registration for the Women’s Philanthropy Women of Wisdom Education Series is now open! Join us for one or all of the four interesting sessions. Space is limited, so register early. more

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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 6
SYNAGOGUE LEADERS – RECHARGE YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS

The next in our series of Synagogue Leadership seminars. more

December 6
SYNAGOGUE LEADERS – RECHARGE YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS

The next in our series of Synagogue Leadership seminars. more

December 7
LIFE TRANSITIONS/PLANNING

The second in the Aging & Disability Workshop Series for parents and caregivers. more

December 7
JVS JOB SEEKERS PROGRAM
Everything you wanted to know about your job search but were afraid to ask. more

December 9
NJ JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL EXTRA! EVENT

JCC MetroWest is showing Alison Chernick’s documentary Itzhak about the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, with live music and refreshments before the film. more

December 9
HAVDALLAH PAJAMA PARTY 

For kids 8 and under and their parents at Kidville in Summit. more

December 10
PAINT N’ SIP MESSY HANUKKAH

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

December 11
LIVE365

Join us at this community-wide event featuring a conversation with Tony Award-winning actor Ben Platt. more

December 13
REAL TO REEL FILM SERIES

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of a couple who helped save hundreds of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. Starring Jessica Chastain. more

December 16
HAVDALAH PAJAMA PARTY

Light the fourth Hanukkah candle with us at Kidville in Denville. more

December 21
DILLER TEEN FELLOWS REUNION

To find out more contact David Heilbron at dheilbron@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-2712.

December 21
HOLOCAUST COUNCIL LUNCH & LEARN.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

MARCH 11

THE BIGGIVE/CHALLAH BAKE JR.

October 2018

OUR GMW commUNITY MISSION TO ISRAEL! more