February

  • Newark Students Embark on a Journey to Holocaust Museum in D.C.

    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South Street School in Newark had an unforgettable trip to the Holocaust Museum and other sites in Washington D.C. on a Rubell Remembrance Journey.

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    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South Street School in Newark had an unforgettable trip to the Holocaust Museum and other sites in Washington D.C. on a Rubell Remembrance Journey.

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    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South Street School in Newark had an unforgettable trip to the Holocaust Museum and other sites in Washington D.C. on a Rubell Remembrance Journey.

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    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South Street School in Newark had an unforgettable trip to the Holocaust Mu...

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    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South Street School in Newark had a...

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    February 7
    43 fifth and sixth graders from the South...

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  • Why I was in Israel last week

    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-ever cohort of the CEO Onboarding Program which has given me incredibly unique opportunities to learn best practices, concepts, and models from mentors, coaches, other CEOs, and leadership experts.

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    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-ever cohort of the CEO Onboarding Program which has given me incredibly unique opportunities to learn best practices, concepts, and models from mentors, coaches, other CEOs, and leadership experts.

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    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-ever cohort of the CEO Onboarding Program which has given me incredibly unique opportunities to learn best practices, concepts, and models f...

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    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-ever cohort of the CEO Onboarding Program which has given me incredibl...

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    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-ever cohort of the CEO Onboard...

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    February 7
    A year ago I was accepted into the first-...

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    February 7
    A year ago I was...

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    February 7
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January 2017

  • Finding the Judaism in Teen Topics

    January 31
    “What do YOU want to learn?” That’s the JTEEN-GMW@ slogan. As we embark on a new era of JTEEN programming it is a question we are asking more and more… and we’re getting more responses than ever before. By Yoni Glatt, Federation’s Director of JTEEN-GMW.

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    January 31
    “What do YOU want to learn?” That’s the JTEEN-GMW@ slogan. As we embark on a new era of JTEEN programming it is a question we are asking more and more… and we’re getting more responses than ever before. By Yoni Glatt, Federation’s Director of JTEEN-GMW.

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  • Join Rabbis to Discuss the Inaugural Address... and Have Coffee

    January 17
    As part of a larger initiative that brings local rabbis together for community conversations, we are holding a number of small discussion groups this Sunday to discuss one text – the incoming President’s inaugural address.

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    January 17
    As part of a larger initiative that brings local rabbis together for community conversations, we are holding a number of small discussion groups this Sunday to discuss one text – the incoming President’s inaugural address.

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December

  • Protecting Our People

    December 22
    During these uncertain economic times, many organizations have walked away from their pension obligations. I am proud of the work our leadership has done to ensure that all of our pensioners receive what they’re due.

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    December 22
    During these uncertain economic times, many organizations have walked away from their pension obligations. I am proud of the work our leadership has done to ensure that all of our pensioners receive what they’re due.

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  • A Foot in Two Worlds

    December 20
    Cuba has to be one of the most fascinating, confusing, hauntingly beautiful places I’ve ever been. I returned on Sunday night from my second Federation Mission to Cuba, marveling at all that has changed and all that has not.

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    December 20
    Cuba has to be one of the most fascinating, confusing, hauntingly beautiful places I’ve ever been. I returned on Sunday night from my second Federation Mission to Cuba, marveling at all that has changed and all that has not.

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  • JCF Makes Donor Advised Funds More Accessible to All

    December 12
    In an effort to reduce barriers to all donors and encourage them to see Federation as the place to fulfill all of their philanthropic duties, the Jewish Community Foundation Board voted to reduce the minimum dollar amount required to open a Donor Advised Fund from $10,000 to $5,000 through December 2108.

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    December 12
    In an effort to reduce barriers to all donors and encourage them to see Federation as the place to fulfill all of their philanthropic duties, the Jewish Community Foundation Board voted to reduce the minimum dollar amount required to open a Donor Advised Fund from $10,000 to $5,000 through December 2108.

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November

  • An Incredible Response

    November 28
    Israel is assessing the widespread destruction and tallying the damages caused by five days of wildfires which burned across the country. Strong winds are still expected for another 24 hours, but all fires are now under control, and the forecast is for considerably improved weather conditions from Tuesday, including a high probability of rain later in the week.

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    November 28
    Israel is assessing the widespread destruction and tallying the damages caused by five days of wildfires which burned across the country. Strong winds are still expected for another 24 hours, but all fires are now under control, and the forecast is for considerably improved weather conditions from Tuesday, including a high probability of rain later in the week.

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  • Something Big is Coming

    November 18
    The BIGGIVE is our opportunity to come together as a Jewish community to demonstrate and celebrate our unity and to help raise the funds we need to continue the important work we do.

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    November 18
    The BIGGIVE is our opportunity to come together as a Jewish community to demonstrate and celebrate our unity and to help raise the funds we need to continue the important work we do.

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  • The Election Is Over. Now What?

    November 17
    On a sleepless night last Tuesday, as the contours of an historic electoral decision began to take shape, my mind drifted back to a lower Manhattan courtroom, where – 15 years ago – I took the oath to became an American citizen.

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    November 17
    On a sleepless night last Tuesday, as the contours of an historic electoral decision began to take shape, my mind drifted back to a lower Manhattan courtroom, where – 15 years ago – I took the oath to became an American citizen.

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  • Sometimes you can “Just do it”

    November 14
    Kol hakavodto my colleague Bob Lichtman, our Chief Jewish Learning Officer. He had a great idea for our teen leaders, and he and his JTEEN team just did it – they made it happen in two days’ time.

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    November 14
    Kol hakavodto my colleague Bob Lichtman, our Chief Jewish Learning Officer. He had a great idea for our teen leaders, and he and his JTEEN team just did it – they made it happen in two days’ time.

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  • Making an Impact with Newark Public School Teachers

    November 7
    As Federation’s new Gottesman Fellow, Jewish Cultural and Educational Liaison to Newark, my charge is to create programs to commemorate, celebrate, and educate Newark residents about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. My first program is a three-session workshop for teachers on teaching about the Holocaust.

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    November 7
    As Federation’s new Gottesman Fellow, Jewish Cultural and Educational Liaison to Newark, my charge is to create programs to commemorate, celebrate, and educate Newark residents about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. My first program is a three-session workshop for teachers on teaching about the Holocaust.

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  • What was New Jersey like?

    November 7
    Last week GMW hosted 150 individuals from around the world for the 2016 Diller Teen Fellows Professional and Lay Leaders Conference. I was happy that, for many of them, this first impression of New Jersey was such a positive one.

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    November 7
    Last week GMW hosted 150 individuals from around the world for the 2016 Diller Teen Fellows Professional and Lay Leaders Conference. I was happy that, for many of them, this first impression of New Jersey was such a positive one.

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  • Use Your IRA to Make a Gift, Tax Free!

    November 7
    If you are over 70½ years of age and have an IRA, I have some great news for you! You can now make a tax-free rollover gift from your IRA of up to $100,000.

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    November 7
    If you are over 70½ years of age and have an IRA, I have some great news for you! You can now make a tax-free rollover gift from your IRA of up to $100,000.

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  • Negev Success Stories

    November 1
    Ten years ago, when our Keren Ness Board began directing funds to the Negev, the vision of developing and maintaining communities through economic development included strengthening relationships with strategic partners who shared our vision of building up the region.

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    November 1
    Ten years ago, when our Keren Ness Board began directing funds to the Negev, the vision of developing and maintaining communities through economic development included strengthening relationships with strategic partners who shared our vision of building up the region.

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October

  • Things I learned in the sukkah this year

    I don’t always sit in the sukkah for the connection to the past. Sometimes I do it for the peace and quiet. Sometimes I do it because it’s a simple reminder that you don’t need all the clutter that usually surrounds you.

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    I don’t always sit in the sukkah for the connection to the past. Sometimes I do it for the peace and quiet. Sometimes I do it because it’s a simple reminder that you don’t need all the clutter that usually surrounds you.

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  • Looking Ahead to a Second Visionary Year of Global Connections

    Here in Greater MetroWest we have and continue to lead the way in terms of our partnerships in Israel. I encourage anyone who cares about Israel and about the living bridges we continue to build with our Israeli partners to get involved in our inspiring Global Connections programs.

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    Here in Greater MetroWest we have and continue to lead the way in terms of our partnerships in Israel. I encourage anyone who cares about Israel and about the living bridges we continue to build with our Israeli partners to get involved in our inspiring Global Connections programs.

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  • More Choice, More Dignity

    October 11
    The hunger I feel on Yom Kippur makes me think about all those people, here and around the world, who are food insecure. And about how you help.

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    October 11
    The hunger I feel on Yom Kippur makes me think about all those people, here and around the world, who are food insecure. And about how you help.

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September

  • The coolest things I saw all year

    September 29
    I’ve been amazed, inspired, and grateful for so many things this year in our Jewish Federation and in our community. But there were ten very visual things that stayed with me…

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    September 29
    I’ve been amazed, inspired, and grateful for so many things this year in our Jewish Federation and in our community. But there were ten very visual things that stayed with me…

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  • Day Schools Set a Precedent for Community Building

    September 26
    Last Sunday a group of GMW day school leaders, parents, alumni, teachers, and students traveled to the Upper West Side to represent our community and our Jewish Day Schools at the Columbus Ave. Street Fair.

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    September 26
    Last Sunday a group of GMW day school leaders, parents, alumni, teachers, and students traveled to the Upper West Side to represent our community and our Jewish Day Schools at the Columbus Ave. Street Fair.

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  • The Week That Was

    September 26
    Last week was an amazing week for our Federation and Greater MetroWest. Through a wide variety of events we brought together so many people to celebrate, learn, and benefit our community together.

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    September 26
    Last week was an amazing week for our Federation and Greater MetroWest. Through a wide variety of events we brought together so many people to celebrate, learn, and benefit our community together.

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  • A Life-long Optimist

    September 23
    Our partnership with the community of Ofakim in Israel is a direct result of then Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Two of his life-long passions were strengthening Israel/Diaspora relationships while at the same time helping the Negev.

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    September 23
    Our partnership with the community of Ofakim in Israel is a direct result of then Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Two of his life-long passions were strengthening Israel/Diaspora relationships while at the same time helping the Negev.

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  • Better Together

    September 19
    Our commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families is a critical component of who we are as a Jewish community and as a Jewish Federation. Together we engage our families, synagogues and local agencies to help create a community that’s accessible to all members. But we don’t just stop in New Jersey.

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    September 19
    Our commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families is a critical component of who we are as a Jewish community and as a Jewish Federation. Together we engage our families, synagogues and local agencies to help create a community that’s accessible to all members. But we don’t just stop in New Jersey.

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  • Newark

    September 13
    I’m proud to welcome Ilyse Shainbrown as our new Gottesman Fellow: Jewish Cultural and Educational Liaison to Newark, an entirely new position that will create and coordinate impactful and inspiring programs to commemorate, celebrate, and educate students and adults in Newark about the city’s rich Jewish heritage.

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    September 13
    I’m proud to welcome Ilyse Shainbrown as our new Gottesman Fellow: Jewish Cultural and Educational Liaison to Newark, an entirely new position that will create and coordinate impactful and inspiring programs to commemorate, celebrate, and educate students and adults in Newark about the city’s rich Jewish heritage.

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  • It Takes a Global Village…

    September 13
    This time of year for many kids and teens is filled with mixed feelings of mourning the end of camp and anticipating the new school year. Thanks to your generosity, these feelings are shared by many kids and their families throughout our worldwide Greater MetroWest community.

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    September 13
    This time of year for many kids and teens is filled with mixed feelings of mourning the end of camp and anticipating the new school year. Thanks to your generosity, these feelings are shared by many kids and their families throughout our worldwide Greater MetroWest community.

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  • Anywhere-Everywhere

    September 6
    The way we think about community is undergoing a revolution right now, because what we do as individuals anywhere keeps on having an impact on people everywhere.

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    September 6
    The way we think about community is undergoing a revolution right now, because what we do as individuals anywhere keeps on having an impact on people everywhere.

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  • Today Is a Big Day

    September 1
    Today, September 1, in Ramat Eliyahu, our longest-standing partner community, is an excellent day to showcase our Greater MetroWest impact.

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    September 1
    Today, September 1, in Ramat Eliyahu, our longest-standing partner community, is an excellent day to showcase our Greater MetroWest impact.

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August

  • The secret sauce

    August 22
    It’s a quiet summer … relatively. But in the last few weeks my colleagues in our Planning and Impact Department have been starting a round of meetings with our partner agencies and programs.

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    August 22
    It’s a quiet summer … relatively. But in the last few weeks my colleagues in our Planning and Impact Department have been starting a round of meetings with our partner agencies and programs.

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  • Girl Power

    August 18
    On last week’s annual visit to Jewish overnight camps by Federation and Foundation leadership I was reminded of the power of the camp experience to teach girls that they can do and be anything.

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    August 18
    On last week’s annual visit to Jewish overnight camps by Federation and Foundation leadership I was reminded of the power of the camp experience to teach girls that they can do and be anything.

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  • C’est tout?

    August 15
    We were there, on the ground in France, at exactly the same time as the Brexit vote, as Europe’s identity is changing, discussing the work that our Jewish Federations are leading – on Jewish communal identity, Aliyah, security, and education.

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    August 15
    We were there, on the ground in France, at exactly the same time as the Brexit vote, as Europe’s identity is changing, discussing the work that our Jewish Federations are leading – on Jewish communal identity, Aliyah, security, and education.

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  • A Rewarding Partnership

    August 8
    Federation proudly accepted the first Community Partner Award presented by Camp Harlam. We see our work with Jewish camps as an important investment in the future of our community.

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    August 8
    Federation proudly accepted the first Community Partner Award presented by Camp Harlam. We see our work with Jewish camps as an important investment in the future of our community.

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  • GMW as Matchmaker

    August 8
    Over the years, our Federation has played a critical role in Israel as a shadchan, or matchmaker, bringing Israeli communities and organizations together to work collaboratively toward their mutual, larger goals.

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    August 8
    Over the years, our Federation has played a critical role in Israel as a shadchan, or matchmaker, bringing Israeli communities and organizations together to work collaboratively toward their mutual, larger goals.

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  • The challenge – and the enemy

    August 5
    I don’t know many Federation supporters who give only to Jewish Federation. They give because they care, because they have found organizations that share and implement their values... and those values are wide-ranging enough to include more than one cause.

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    August 5
    I don’t know many Federation supporters who give only to Jewish Federation. They give because they care, because they have found organizations that share and implement their values... and those values are wide-ranging enough to include more than one cause.

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July

  • Erez

    July 29
    Kibbutz Erez is a community of about 400 residents located in south-western Israel on the Gaza border. But this special Kibbutz is much more than that for us.

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    July 29
    Kibbutz Erez is a community of about 400 residents located in south-western Israel on the Gaza border. But this special Kibbutz is much more than that for us.

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  • OVCO

    July 25
    We’ve had a complete reorganization this past year of how we plan and allocate. We really needed it.

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    July 25
    We’ve had a complete reorganization this past year of how we plan and allocate. We really needed it.

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  • Reflections

    No More Ashes
    July 25
    On July 15, 1937, 69 years ago, Nazi officials processed the first of what over the next eight years would eventually amount to just shy of a quarter million prisoners at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. On January 29, 1945, Elie Wiesel arrived with his father.

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    No More Ashes
    July 25
    On July 15, 1937, 69 years ago, Nazi officials processed the first of what over the next eight years would eventually amount to just shy of a quarter million prisoners at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. On January 29, 1945, Elie Wiesel arrived with his father.

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  • Technology in the Desert

    July 21
    A young GMW community member writes about her summer internship in Be’er Sheva and about how excited she is to be a small part of the effort to make this community in the Negev the next recognized technologically advanced city in Israel.

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    July 21
    A young GMW community member writes about her summer internship in Be’er Sheva and about how excited she is to be a small part of the effort to make this community in the Negev the next recognized technologically advanced city in Israel.

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  • Sarcelles

    July 18
    Recently I spent Shabbat in the city of Sarcelles, about ten miles north of Paris. Out of a population of 60,000 there are some 15,000 Jews living there.

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    July 18
    Recently I spent Shabbat in the city of Sarcelles, about ten miles north of Paris. Out of a population of 60,000 there are some 15,000 Jews living there.

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  • Reflections

    The Human Heart...A Thing of Wonder
    July 15
    The human heart is a thing of wonder. It represents our ability to act ethically, to identify our conscience and do what is right, to make good decisions that are based on reason and fairness, and to express compassion and understanding.

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    The Human Heart...A Thing of Wonder
    July 15
    The human heart is a thing of wonder. It represents our ability to act ethically, to identify our conscience and do what is right, to make good decisions that are based on reason and fairness, and to express compassion and understanding.

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  • Building community at every age

    July 14
    It’s been just a little over a week since the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life merged with our Jewish Federation, but the magic is already happening. Together, we’re focusing even more attention on the younger members of our community, making an even more powerful investment in our Jewish future.

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    July 14
    It’s been just a little over a week since the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life merged with our Jewish Federation, but the magic is already happening. Together, we’re focusing even more attention on the younger members of our community, making an even more powerful investment in our Jewish future.

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  • Reflections

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana. St. Paul, Minnesota. Dallas, Texas.
    July 14
    In light of the recent violence on the national scene, Federation asked the rabbis of Greater Metrowest New Jersey to provide their latest divrei torah, drashot, or other insights on the situation.

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana. St. Paul, Minnesota. Dallas, Texas.
    July 14
    In light of the recent violence on the national scene, Federation asked the rabbis of Greater Metrowest New Jersey to provide their latest divrei torah, drashot, or other insights on the situation.

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  • Federation is Creating Momentous Social Change in Israel

    July 14
    A young volunteer’s first-hand account of the work our Federation is doing in the largely Ethiopian-immigrant community of Ramat Eliyahu in Rishon LeZion, giving thousands of residents paths to a brighter future.

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    July 14
    A young volunteer’s first-hand account of the work our Federation is doing in the largely Ethiopian-immigrant community of Ramat Eliyahu in Rishon LeZion, giving thousands of residents paths to a brighter future.

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  • Sweep

    July 11
    Hunger is a huge challenge facing New Jersey. A million people in our state are food insecure. Almost 900,000 people in our state (many of them children and seniors) rely on food banks, and that number is climbing.

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    July 11
    Hunger is a huge challenge facing New Jersey. A million people in our state are food insecure. Almost 900,000 people in our state (many of them children and seniors) rely on food banks, and that number is climbing.

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  • Birthright

    July 5
    There was a fascinating piece on JTA the other day that looked at the funding for Birthright, what has become recognized as one of the most successful programs in Jewish communal life.

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    July 5
    There was a fascinating piece on JTA the other day that looked at the funding for Birthright, what has become recognized as one of the most successful programs in Jewish communal life.

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June

  • Partnership

    June 27
    For almost a year now our leaderships has been considering how to bring The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life into Federation as a Federation department. We’re proud of the achievements and success of The Partnership, the Jewish education and identity-building arm of the Federation that has developed quite a reputation throughout our community and beyond.

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    June 27
    For almost a year now our leaderships has been considering how to bring The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life into Federation as a Federation department. We’re proud of the achievements and success of The Partnership, the Jewish education and identity-building arm of the Federation that has developed quite a reputation throughout our community and beyond.

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  • Getting on Board

    June 20
    I was proud and privileged to write an article in eJewish Philanthropy about my participation in the CEO Onboarding program.

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    June 20
    I was proud and privileged to write an article in eJewish Philanthropy about my participation in the CEO Onboarding program.

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  • Gratitude

    June 10
    We were fortunate to have the opportunity at our recent Annual Meeting, in front of hundreds of community members, to thank Maxine Murnick for her service and dedication as she steps down as UJA Campaign Chair.

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    June 10
    We were fortunate to have the opportunity at our recent Annual Meeting, in front of hundreds of community members, to thank Maxine Murnick for her service and dedication as she steps down as UJA Campaign Chair.

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  • It’s Wonderful to Save Whales, but You Also Have to Save Jews

    June 7
    It’s wonderful to save whales, but you also have to save Jews. We had an inspiring speaker at our Women’s Awareness Day the other week – Jane Weitzman, philanthropist and board member of our partner agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jane enthralled the hundreds of women in the audience with her personal story of philanthropy and Jewish leadership.* She was engaging, funny, thoughtful, and memorable.

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    June 7
    It’s wonderful to save whales, but you also have to save Jews. We had an inspiring speaker at our Women’s Awareness Day the other week – Jane Weitzman, philanthropist and board member of our partner agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jane enthralled the hundreds of women in the audience with her personal story of philanthropy and Jewish leadership.* She was engaging, funny, thoughtful, and memorable.

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  • Edie Lopez

    June 3
    Edie Lopez dedicated her life to our Federation for more than 40 years.

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    June 3
    Edie Lopez dedicated her life to our Federation for more than 40 years.

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May

  • Ted Talks

    May 31
    The legendary Ted Comet, perhaps the longest-serving Jewish communal professional in North America, came to speak with our professional team last week. His dedication to helping the Jewish people around the world is unmatched.

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    May 31
    The legendary Ted Comet, perhaps the longest-serving Jewish communal professional in North America, came to speak with our professional team last week. His dedication to helping the Jewish people around the world is unmatched.

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  • Our Annual Meeting

    May 24
    You’re invited to join us on June 1 for our Federation’s Annual Meeting. We’ll celebrate the achievements of the community, thank our outgoing Campaign Chair Maxine Murnick, and be inspired by Rabbi David Wolpe, one of the most inspiring speakers you’ll probably hear all year.

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    May 24
    You’re invited to join us on June 1 for our Federation’s Annual Meeting. We’ll celebrate the achievements of the community, thank our outgoing Campaign Chair Maxine Murnick, and be inspired by Rabbi David Wolpe, one of the most inspiring speakers you’ll probably hear all year.

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  • Lounging in the past and the future

    May 23
    There are people we celebrate with awards. And there are people we celebrate with honors. But some people have done so much in and for our community that we want to occasionally take a step back and find a way to thank them in a special way.

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    May 23
    There are people we celebrate with awards. And there are people we celebrate with honors. But some people have done so much in and for our community that we want to occasionally take a step back and find a way to thank them in a special way.

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  • Not Here, Not There, But Everywhere

    May 20
    We’re almost at the end of the Yoms – Yom HaShoa, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim. They create all kinds of pictures in my head and emotions in my heart. The overarching feeling I’ve had this year is of being in two places – New Jersey and Israel – and yet in neither place.

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    May 20
    We’re almost at the end of the Yoms – Yom HaShoa, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim. They create all kinds of pictures in my head and emotions in my heart. The overarching feeling I’ve had this year is of being in two places – New Jersey and Israel – and yet in neither place.

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  • What have we accomplished lately?

    May 18
    Our Outreach and Engagement Department has been in existence for a little less than a year. Over the course of this year, as our lay and professional leadership worked to chart their course, set departmental and community priorities, and engage the community around their efforts, they’ve accomplished something really impressive.

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    May 18
    Our Outreach and Engagement Department has been in existence for a little less than a year. Over the course of this year, as our lay and professional leadership worked to chart their course, set departmental and community priorities, and engage the community around their efforts, they’ve accomplished something really impressive.

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  • A dark mark on humanity

    May 9
    It’s a disturbing topic. One I truly wish there was no need to address. I’m talking about Elder Abuse and, sadly, it’s a topic that’s on the mind of many of those on the front lines in our community, the incredible people who, through our partner agencies, are charged with making sure our seniors are able to live with the dignity and respect they deserve.

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    May 9
    It’s a disturbing topic. One I truly wish there was no need to address. I’m talking about Elder Abuse and, sadly, it’s a topic that’s on the mind of many of those on the front lines in our community, the incredible people who, through our partner agencies, are charged with making sure our seniors are able to live with the dignity and respect they deserve.

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April

  • A Feeling of Wow

    April 22
    The erev (eve) of each Jewish holiday has its own feeling as we approach it. On Erev Rosh HaShanah, it can be a feeling of introspection.

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    April 22
    The erev (eve) of each Jewish holiday has its own feeling as we approach it. On Erev Rosh HaShanah, it can be a feeling of introspection.

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  • Communal Professionals

    April 15
    It’s bothered me for some time now that we’ve had an artificial delineation in the community between “donors” and “professionals.” For too long, we haven’t had a Jewish communal professional campaign supporting the UJA Annual Campaign. And that’s an important opportunity lost.

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    April 15
    It’s bothered me for some time now that we’ve had an artificial delineation in the community between “donors” and “professionals.” For too long, we haven’t had a Jewish communal professional campaign supporting the UJA Annual Campaign. And that’s an important opportunity lost.

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  • The 10 Coolest Things I Saw This Week

    April 12
    Some of the most inspiring, moving, and memorable moments from our Jewish Federation’s Global Connections U'faratza Mission to Israel last week. By Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon.

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    April 12
    Some of the most inspiring, moving, and memorable moments from our Jewish Federation’s Global Connections U'faratza Mission to Israel last week. By Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon.

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  • Conversations

    April 4
    On our Global connections Mission, the important theme running through everything we do is conversation.

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    April 4
    On our Global connections Mission, the important theme running through everything we do is conversation.

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March

  • Racial Justice Has Always Been a Jewish Issue

    March 29
    It is now time for us to join with those working in our state in support of racial justice. Anyone interested in getting involved and making a difference is invited to join us for a very important program, “Criminal Justice Reform: Formulating the Jewish Response” on April 6 at 7 p.m.

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    March 29
    It is now time for us to join with those working in our state in support of racial justice. Anyone interested in getting involved and making a difference is invited to join us for a very important program, “Criminal Justice Reform: Formulating the Jewish Response” on April 6 at 7 p.m.

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  • LIVE

    March 4
    I’m excited for our upcoming LIVE from Greater MetroWest event for so many reasons. It’s going to be a night to remember.

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    March 4
    I’m excited for our upcoming LIVE from Greater MetroWest event for so many reasons. It’s going to be a night to remember.

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  • Our Synagogues

    March 10
    There are more than 90 synagogues in our Greater MetroWest community – small and large, established and new, spanning all denominations – and we take our relationship with each and every one of them very seriously.

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    March 10
    There are more than 90 synagogues in our Greater MetroWest community – small and large, established and new, spanning all denominations – and we take our relationship with each and every one of them very seriously.

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  • Double Your Impact

    March 16
    We’re blessed to have incredible, amazing, inspiring donors and leaders in this community.
    During these past few weeks, several of them stepped up and said, “Follow me.”

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    March 16
    We’re blessed to have incredible, amazing, inspiring donors and leaders in this community.
    During these past few weeks, several of them stepped up and said, “Follow me.”

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February

  • Join me in the sun

    February 16
    If you’re a former, part-time, or occasional GMW resident living in Florida… come join me in two weeks

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    February 16
    If you’re a former, part-time, or occasional GMW resident living in Florida… come join me in two weeks

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  • My Birthday List (and moving mountains)

    February 19
    It's my birthday tomorrow. I’m way older, and (presumably) way wiser, than when I last wrote my Birthday List. Here’s what I’ve learned this past year…

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    February 19
    It's my birthday tomorrow. I’m way older, and (presumably) way wiser, than when I last wrote my Birthday List. Here’s what I’ve learned this past year…

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  • Israel Becomes Personal

    February 26
    Why do we invest so much into our delegation of shlichim (Israeli emissaries)? What do they actually do?

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    February 26
    Why do we invest so much into our delegation of shlichim (Israeli emissaries)? What do they actually do?

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  • It’s Complicated

    February 3
    Israel is inspiring, complicated, and changing. We must embrace and we must wrestle. And throughout the journey, we must be proud to call Israel ours.

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    February 3
    Israel is inspiring, complicated, and changing. We must embrace and we must wrestle. And throughout the journey, we must be proud to call Israel ours.

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  • Dreams and Visions in the Negev

    February 5
    The Ness Fund supports economic development throughout the Negev region of Israel. The purpose of our mission is to meet with prospective recipients and learn about their innovative ideas.

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    February 5
    The Ness Fund supports economic development throughout the Negev region of Israel. The purpose of our mission is to meet with prospective recipients and learn about their innovative ideas.

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  • Come With Me

    February 8
    I’ve just returned from a joint leadership mission to Israel. Five leaders from our Federation embarked on a life-changing experience to learn about leadership, philanthropy, and responsibility.

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    February 8
    I’ve just returned from a joint leadership mission to Israel. Five leaders from our Federation embarked on a life-changing experience to learn about leadership, philanthropy, and responsibility.

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  • Annual Investors Meeting

    February 3
    JCF event offers fund holders more face time, more information, more engagement, and more transparency.

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    February 3
    JCF event offers fund holders more face time, more information, more engagement, and more transparency.

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January 2016

  • Join the #HT Challenge and Stop Human Trafficking Around the Super Bowl

    January 28
    The Challenge is to spread the word about human trafficking leading up to the Super Bowl and then joining together to make the topic go viral during halftime.

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    January 28
    The Challenge is to spread the word about human trafficking leading up to the Super Bowl and then joining together to make the topic go viral during halftime.

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  • February Is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

    January 27
    JDAIM is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of all Jewish people to have access and be meaningfully included in every aspect of Jewish life.

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    January 27
    JDAIM is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of all Jewish people to have access and be meaningfully included in every aspect of Jewish life.

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  • Happy Birthday Trees

    January 25
    It is a Jewish custom to plant trees for Tu B’Shevat. And this year we have an extraordinary opportunity to participate in that custom by supporting our partner community of Kibbutz Erez and plant a tree in Israel.

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    January 25
    It is a Jewish custom to plant trees for Tu B’Shevat. And this year we have an extraordinary opportunity to participate in that custom by supporting our partner community of Kibbutz Erez and plant a tree in Israel.

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  • Acting Together

    January 25
    We can pray together. We can hope together. But what matters is that we act together. A rabbi friend of mine from St. Louis shared a heart-breaking story with me.

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    January 25
    We can pray together. We can hope together. But what matters is that we act together. A rabbi friend of mine from St. Louis shared a heart-breaking story with me.

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  • Countering BDS on Many Fronts

    January 21
    This summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will hold their national conferences. Anti-Israel and pro-BDS resolutions will likely be debated at each.

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    January 21
    This summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will hold their national conferences. Anti-Israel and pro-BDS resolutions will likely be debated at each.

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  • The Worst Artist in the U.S.

    January 20
    My favorite painter is the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. By blurring the boundaries between “high art” and mass culture, he reinforced the idea that art doesn’t have hierarchies.

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    January 20
    My favorite painter is the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. By blurring the boundaries between “high art” and mass culture, he reinforced the idea that art doesn’t have hierarchies.

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  • New and Future Visionaries

    January 14
    Mini-missions have become an important part of how we understand and appreciate the work and impact of these agencies and, ultimately, give Federation leaders involved in the allocations process the background information we need.

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    January 14
    Mini-missions have become an important part of how we understand and appreciate the work and impact of these agencies and, ultimately, give Federation leaders involved in the allocations process the background information we need.

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  • Hugs and Kissses

    January 14
    As I end my term in New Jersey this week, I look forward to returning to Israel and continuing our Global Connections work from our Greater MetroWest office in Jerusalem.

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    January 14
    As I end my term in New Jersey this week, I look forward to returning to Israel and continuing our Global Connections work from our Greater MetroWest office in Jerusalem.

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  • Feeling at home

    January 6
    In the face of continuing violence and tragic loss, we must remain determined to not let terrorism consume us. We will continue to go to Israel, to the place where we feel at home, to connect with the wonderful people and to see all of the important work being done there.

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    January 6
    In the face of continuing violence and tragic loss, we must remain determined to not let terrorism consume us. We will continue to go to Israel, to the place where we feel at home, to connect with the wonderful people and to see all of the important work being done there.

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  • Impact

    January 4
    I’m proud that in 2015 our Federation, led by the hard work of our Community Relations Committee leadership, made a real impact on government affairs.

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    January 4
    I’m proud that in 2015 our Federation, led by the hard work of our Community Relations Committee leadership, made a real impact on government affairs.

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December 2015

  • 10 things I’ve learned as Federation CEO in 2015

    December 28
    It’s nearly the end of the year. Close enough to the end, at least, that I’m starting to see it. Here’s what I learned in 2015…

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    December 28
    It’s nearly the end of the year. Close enough to the end, at least, that I’m starting to see it. Here’s what I learned in 2015…

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  • Something Wonderful

    December 17
    From January to the end of September 2015, a total of 11,105 new olim arrived in Israel from countries of the Former Soviet Union. Half of these new immigrants are under the age of 35. They made it because of you.

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    December 17
    From January to the end of September 2015, a total of 11,105 new olim arrived in Israel from countries of the Former Soviet Union. Half of these new immigrants are under the age of 35. They made it because of you.

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  • Why Is it Important to Observe Human Trafficking Awareness Day?

    December 17
    New Jersey is a prime location for Human Trafficking because it is a major national and international transportation and shipping hub.

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    December 17
    New Jersey is a prime location for Human Trafficking because it is a major national and international transportation and shipping hub.

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  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    December 16
    Through this mission you have a unique opportunity to visit meaningful sites of Jewish heritage in Poland and Israel with Holocaust survivors — to uncover and to learn about the past, and to see and celebrate our strength and vitality as Jews who have survived and flourished.

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    December 16
    Through this mission you have a unique opportunity to visit meaningful sites of Jewish heritage in Poland and Israel with Holocaust survivors — to uncover and to learn about the past, and to see and celebrate our strength and vitality as Jews who have survived and flourished.

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  • An incredible 15-month journey

    December 10
    The 20 individuals in Greater MetroWest NJ’s eighth cohort of the Diller Teen Fellows program graduated from our 15-month journey in an exuberant ceremony in front of our parents, grandparents, siblings, and many others who have supported us through the process.

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    December 10
    The 20 individuals in Greater MetroWest NJ’s eighth cohort of the Diller Teen Fellows program graduated from our 15-month journey in an exuberant ceremony in front of our parents, grandparents, siblings, and many others who have supported us through the process.

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  • Cherkassy

    December 8
    I was privileged to speak this morning at the annual meeting of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ, formerly the National Coalition for Soviet Jewry, or NCSJ).

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    December 8
    I was privileged to speak this morning at the annual meeting of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ, formerly the National Coalition for Soviet Jewry, or NCSJ).

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  • Not Standing Idly By

    December 4
    Since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, one of our partners on the ground, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), has been increasing its work with the Fund for Victims of Terror.

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    December 4
    Since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, one of our partners on the ground, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), has been increasing its work with the Fund for Victims of Terror.

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  • Help Us End Hunger in New Jersey

    December 2
    As we prepare to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, it is important for us to also remember those who are less fortunate and to commit to help them live their lives with dignity and support.

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    December 2
    As we prepare to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah, it is important for us to also remember those who are less fortunate and to commit to help them live their lives with dignity and support.

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November 2015

  • Why you should be proud

    November 30
    Our national Jewish Federation system launched a special Fund for Holocaust Survivors Campaign last year.

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    November 30
    Our national Jewish Federation system launched a special Fund for Holocaust Survivors Campaign last year.

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  • With a grateful heart

    November 24
    The tectonic plates that have been shifting underneath our feet in the Jewish world seem to be coming together to produce a moment where we understand that it is through the will and the passion of the individual that we can and will do our best work as a whole community.

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    November 24
    The tectonic plates that have been shifting underneath our feet in the Jewish world seem to be coming together to produce a moment where we understand that it is through the will and the passion of the individual that we can and will do our best work as a whole community.

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  • A Time of Reflection and Action

    November 24
    It sometimes feels like the sky is falling. But together we are strong and can make a difference by taking action. We in the Community Relations Committee are addressing the concerns of the Jewish community.

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    November 24
    It sometimes feels like the sky is falling. But together we are strong and can make a difference by taking action. We in the Community Relations Committee are addressing the concerns of the Jewish community.

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  • Thanks and Giving

    November 23
    Yesterday was Super Sunday. It was, in a word, super. We raised more money than we’ve raised in years. And that’s critical, because the UJA Annual Campaign is the lifeblood of a strong, healthy vibrant community.

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    November 23
    Yesterday was Super Sunday. It was, in a word, super. We raised more money than we’ve raised in years. And that’s critical, because the UJA Annual Campaign is the lifeblood of a strong, healthy vibrant community.

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  • True or False? Israelis don’t give

    November 18
    False. For years we’ve been hearing that Israelis don’t give. That they don’t understand Jewish community, philanthropy, federations ... it’s not true.

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    November 18
    False. For years we’ve been hearing that Israelis don’t give. That they don’t understand Jewish community, philanthropy, federations ... it’s not true.

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  • Plant a Tree

    November 16
    This is a lovely, wonderful, inspiring opportunity. Want to send a message of support for Israel, and at the same time send a mazal tov (congratulations) or a note of sympathy? Send a tribute card that plants a tree in Kibbutz Erez, along the Gaza border.

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    November 16
    This is a lovely, wonderful, inspiring opportunity. Want to send a message of support for Israel, and at the same time send a mazal tov (congratulations) or a note of sympathy? Send a tribute card that plants a tree in Kibbutz Erez, along the Gaza border.

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  • Grab some tissues

    November 13
    I love the GA – our national Jewish Federation system’s annual General Assembly. The GA is filled with inspiring moments and people. I leave every GA energized and impressed by our story. The 2015 GA was held earlier this week.

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    November 13
    I love the GA – our national Jewish Federation system’s annual General Assembly. The GA is filled with inspiring moments and people. I leave every GA energized and impressed by our story. The 2015 GA was held earlier this week.

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  • An Oasis in the Desert

    November 12
    For nearly 15 years, our Greater MetroWest Federation has had a powerful connection and partnership with Kibbutz Erez, a community of approximately 500 residents in the northern Negev facing the Gaza Strip border.

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    November 12
    For nearly 15 years, our Greater MetroWest Federation has had a powerful connection and partnership with Kibbutz Erez, a community of approximately 500 residents in the northern Negev facing the Gaza Strip border.

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  • It’s hard to think ahead…

    November 10
    One of the hardest things to do is get out of the day-to-day grind – the immediate – and spend time thinking about the future. We know it’s important, but finding the time is difficult. It’s what our Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest (JCF) gets to do with donors on a daily basis.

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    November 10
    One of the hardest things to do is get out of the day-to-day grind – the immediate – and spend time thinking about the future. We know it’s important, but finding the time is difficult. It’s what our Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest (JCF) gets to do with donors on a daily basis.

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  • Sandy – three years later

    November 2
    Last week was the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The aftermath of the storm provided an opportunity for us to live our values and fulfill our mission: to care, to build, and to save.

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    November 2
    Last week was the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The aftermath of the storm provided an opportunity for us to live our values and fulfill our mission: to care, to build, and to save.

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