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


The first-ever Tour de Summer Camps NJ is less than two weeks away! Proceeds from this cycling tour and Family Fun Day make it possible for more children across Greater MetroWest NJ to have the life-changing experience of attending Jewish summer camp. Plus, register by Monday, April 23 and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to Marty’s Reliable Cycle! To register as a rider or to make a donation by sponsoring another rider, click here.


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

We Shall Never Forget – Hundreds of community members came together on Yom HaShoah last week to remember and honor all those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as those who survived, rescued, and keep victims' memories alive through education. more

Apply Now for Diller Teen Fellows – Are you a teen, currently in 9th or 10th grade, who is interested in exploring your Jewish identity, building your leadership skills, and strengthening the connections between Israel and the Greater MetroWest Jewish community? If so, apply now for the 2018-19 GMW Diller Teen Fellows cohort. more

NextDor’s Spring Event Is On-Target! – NextDor invites 25- to 45-year-olds to join us at Bury the Hatchet Indoor Axe Throwing warehouse for a fun evening of food, wine and craft beer, and “all you can throw” axe throwing. Can you get a bullseye? more

Be a Part of Iris Teen Tzedakah – This is a one-year program open to high schoolers in grades 9-10 that focuses on philanthropy, Jewish education, and leadership. Participants explore how our Greater MetroWest community responds to people in need locally, globally, and in Israel, and together decide how to allocate their funds to help meet the community’s needs. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

Milestones of Israel’s 70 Years – By now you surely know that this year marks Israel’s 70th birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion, our Global Connections department has created a series focusing on highlights of each decade of Israel’s history, including important events, interesting facts, new Hebrew words, popular songs, and even recipes. You’re sure to learn something new, so check it out here.

Livingston to Celebrate Israel on April 19 – All are invited to this Israel celebration at the Livingston Oval from 4:30-8 p.m. There will be a flag-raising ceremony, kosher food vendors, musical and dance performances, Krav Maga demonstrations, and much more. To read more about it, click here. To learn about other Israel@70 celebrations across the community, click here.


YOUR IMPACT

New JFS Head Says First Goal Is to Stabilize – After almost a year in transition, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ has a new CEO, Diane Squadron, who took her place at the helm of the social service organization in February. more


IN THE NEWS

Holocaust Is Fading from Memory Survey Finds


DID YOU KNOW? – You’ve been hearing a lot about Israel@70, but did you know that Thursday is actually Yom Ha’Atzmaut? Here is a wonderful Opinion piece in The New York Times about the significance of 70 to the Jewish people and how Israeli Jews today may just be the luckiest Jews in history.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Now Through May 4
FROM MEMORY TO HISTORY EXHIBIT

Featuring the tapestries and sculptures of Manhattan-based artist, educator, and activist Linda Stein. more

April 22
TIKKUN OLAM WITH GAN KTAN

Easy Jewish Family Fun event for kids ages 1-3. more

April 22
EARTH DAY WITH MAPLEWOODSHOP

Easy Jewish Family Fun event at Golda Och Academy. more

April 25
WOMEN’S AWARENESS DAY

An inspiring morning with Dr. Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein. more

April 29
TOUR DE SUMMER CAMPS NJ

A fun day of cycling to raise money to send kids to camp. more

April 30
THE MENTAL HEALTH PLAYERS

An entertaining, interactive program about issues of interest to older adults. more

May 3
JVS JOB SEEKERS

Keeping positive and motivated during your job search. more

May 6
INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB

Discussion of Adjusting Sights by Haim Sabato. more

May 10 
NEXTDOR SPRING EVENT

Inviting 25- to 45-year-olds to Bury the Hatchet. more 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

May 10

JCF ANNUAL MEETING AND INVESTORS MEETING

MAY 17

FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETING

MAY 30

WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY ANNUAL MEETING