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


Mark these important events on your calendar... Join us at our Federation 2018 Annual Meeting on May 17 with special guest Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, and presentation of the President’s Bamberger Award to Sanford Hollander. Also join us for the JCF Annual Investors Meeting on May 10 with speaker Steven Schoenfeld and for the Women's Philanthropy Annual Meeting on May 30 as we honor outgoing president Rebecca Gold and recognize the outgoing and incoming officers and board members.


IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Announcing Our New Community Security Initiative Website – This is a one-stop web address for information related to securing our community through preparedness, vigilance, and partnership. It will help you evaluate the state of your institution’s security preparedness, access informative security-related documents and available grants, conduct a self-assessment of your facility, report a security incident, or schedule a site visit to discuss the safety of your building. more

300 Teens Come Together for Community Service – On April 15, teens from throughout Greater MetroWest converged in Whippany to participate in J-SERVE, the yearly day of Jewish teen service. They learned how, by applying Jewish values and personal drive, they can accomplish anything. more

Breaking the Silence: Workshop for Teens About Mental Health – This program is designed to help teens recognize when someone is struggling, needs help, or is experiencing a crisis. Participants will learn about common types of mental health diagnoses, coping strategies, and much more. more

Holocaust Council to Host Mini Arts Film Fest – Join us on May 6 for the screening of an award-winning documentary film, and meet the filmmaker, plus see short documentaries and trailers, all related to the Holocaust. This program is free and all are welcome. more


GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

BLOG: All Jews Are Responsible for One Another – Last week’s remarkable mission to Jewish Ukraine and Israel with the Global Connections Peoplehood group brought together program participants from Greater MetroWest and Arad, Israel, to see first-hand how our support is truly helping to sustain and build Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. By Dr. Michael Margolin. more

BLOG: Philanthropy Can Change Reality – It Changed Mine – Equality and shared society for Jews and Arabs in Israel deserves to be high up on the list of Israel’s priorities. The promise that Israel would be a “light unto the nations” is one of the state’s fundamental founding principles. By Phyllis Bernstein. more


YOUR IMPACT

How Israel and Camp Fit Together – While fulfilling his military service in the IDF, our Greater MetroWest Shaliach Michael Levi came to United States to spend a summer bringing the “real Israel” to campers as a counselor at URJ Camp Harlam. The experience changed his entire life. more


IN THE NEWS

David Schechner, leader in local Jewish community, dies at 89

Greater MetroWest Federation Holds Annual Holocaust Remembrance at Kean University


DID YOU KNOW? – In January we re-launched the weekly Bit of Torah video series on our Facebook, YouTube, and Jewish Life page of our website. The videos are brief teachings by our local clergy and educators about the week’s Torah portion or a holiday. Check out last week’s Bit of Torah featuring Amit Stern, our Community Shaliach, sharing his interesting insight into Israel Independence Day.

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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 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 9
BREAKING THE SILENCE

Workshop for teens about mental health. more

May 10
JCF ANNUAL MEETING AND INVESTORS MEETING

With keynote address by Steven Schoenfeld. more

May 10 
NEXTDOR SPRING EVENT

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

May 17
FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETING

With keynote address by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. more

May 19
COMMUNITY HISTORY DAY: OUR NEWARK STORY

The Jewish Historical Society will present an exhibit on Newark’s Jewish Legacy. more

May 22
A JEW AND A MUSLIM ON THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli, co-sponsored by our CRC. more


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

MAY 30
WOMEN'S PHILANTHROPY ANNUAL MEETING


May 31
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS SPRING GALA