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


Federation is co-sponsoring a free program at NJPAC with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussing Israel at 70: A Personal Perspective. For the first time with an American audience he will discuss prospects for peace and his own political odyssey. more


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Federation Launches New Gottesman Award for Teachers at Quest Conference – Our third bi-annual Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference on November 7 brought together more than 450 teachers and staff from the four Greater MetroWest Jewish day schools. more

Your Kids Will Love These Havdalah Pajama Parties – Celebrate Hanukkah and join in on Havdalah Family Fun with one or both of these exciting events! Bring your children in their pajamas and pop them right into bed after an evening of gym time, dinner, and Hanukkah activities. more

Area Grandparents Build Family, Community, and PJ Library – Nearly 40 Greater MetroWest grandparents gathered together for the opening event of our new PJ Library Grandparents Connection for an opportunity to network and learn about ways to keep their children and grandchildren connected to Jewish life. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Building Bridges Through Yoga – For the ninth year in a row, volunteer yoga instructors from Greater MetroWest have traveled to some of our partner communities in Israel as part of our Partnership2Gether Yoga Connections program, building bridges and relationships, as well as healthy habits. more

Israeli Basketball Team Visits Greater MetroWest – The Elitzur Gush Etzion professional basketball team traveled to our community to practice their skills, improve their professionalism, strengthen their team spirit, and connect with our Jewish Federation. The results went beyond the expectations of the team members. more


YOUR IMPACT

I’m a Holocaust Educator. Larry David Just Made My Job Harder – Our own Ilyse Shainbrown writes a letter through Kveller, explaining to the comedian how his monologue on Saturday Night Live undermined what she and other Holocaust educators are trying to do to ensure that the Holocaust continues to be taught. more


DID YOU KNOW? – Our two largest social events of the year are fast approaching! Find out more about Latke Vodka for the 25- to 45-year-old set on December 2 and the community-wide LIVE365 featuring a conversation with Ben Platt on December 11. Register today!


IN THE NEWS

Anti-Semitism in NJ: Unchanged, still too high

Memory Center at JCC MetroWest Gets a Boost

Community Gathers for Friendship Circle Walk in Livingston

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 19
MITZVOT OF GREATER METROWEST

Bar and bat mitzvah project expo for kids and their parents. more

December 2
LATKE VODKA

20- to 40-somethings are invited to come out and party with a purpose at this annual social event. more

December 3
MITZVAH MADNESS

Easy Jewish Family Fun event offering community service projects for kids ages 3-7. more

December 3
THE EVOLUTION OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

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

December 4
JKID EDUCATOR INTERCHANGE

Get ideas for how your pre-school, day school, or synagogue can create an inspiring Yom Ha’atzmaut program. more

December 4
BAGELS AND BOOKS

Join Holocaust Council to discuss the book The Inextinguishable Symphony by Martin Goldsmith. more

December 5
ISRAEL AT 70: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

Join us for a free evening at NJPAC with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. more

December 6
SYNAGOGUE LEADERS – RECHARGE YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS

The next in our series of Synagogue Leadership seminars. more

December 11
LIVE365

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


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

October 2018

OUR GMW commUNITY MISSION TO ISRAEL! more