The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life

901 Route 10
Whippany, NJ 07981

Robert Lichtman, Executive Director / Jody Caplan, President
P: (973) 428-7400
F: (973) 428-4720

The Partnership is our community’s lead Jewish identity building agency, making meaningful connections between Jewish learning, values, traditions and everyday life, with an initial focus on young people, from early childhood through the teenage years and their families.

We are the only organization in our community with a mission to nurture the Jewish identity development of children, pre-teens and teens, no matter where they live, where they may pray, or where they go to school.  

In short, we Bring Jewish Learning to Life! And we have a vision of Greater MetroWest as a Jewish community of choice for those who seek creative, dynamic, relevant, and stimulating Jewish educational experiences at every stage of life.

·         A community that nurtures the Jewish engagement of children and their families.

·         A community that challenges and inspires teens along their Jewish journeys.

·         A community that leaves no one behind in fulfilling his or her Jewish destiny.



Our strategy is to work with early childhood centers, educators, and also directly with parents to extend our contact beyond the child and to engage the whole family in meaningful Jewish experiences. We call this “Teach the Child, Reach the Family.”

Our initiatives include PJ Library®, providing free Jewish story books to thousands of children each month; and the Jewish Family Concierge, who guides families with young children along their Jewish journey.


Our strategy is to bring about a meaningful integration of academic and experiential Jewish learning. We like to say, "Jewish learning is fun! Seriously."

This includes programs like: One Happy Camper NJ, providing incentive grants for children to attend Jewish overnight camp; and Mitzvot of MetroWest, an annual fair that attracts over 1,000 pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah children and their families to learn about hands-on "Mitzvah Projects" that involve the entire family in meaningful activities surrounding the celebration.


JTEENMW is the all-encompassing framework for many diverse and exciting initiatives ranging from the Learning Community to the Iris Teen Tzedakah program, Israel programs to Jewish Service Learning. JTEENMW offers any and all teens an exciting, innovative, and meaningful menu of educational opportunities where everyone can chart his or her own path to their Jewish future.


The best educational experiences require the best educators who integrate academic and experiential learning in a variety of settings. The Partnership is proud to engage with formal and informal educators through efforts like PROJECT MOREH and The Learning Conference; we also host the community’s groundbreaking Day School Initiative supporting academic excellence and affordability.

Welcome to The Partnership!