#IamGMW

A visual tapestry of the Greater MetroWest Community. Our impact reaches far and wide.

Together, We Care. We Build. We Save.

  • Brave Miss World

    More than 400 woman attended Women’s Philanthropy Choices program to hear former Miss Israel and Miss World Linor Abargil share her personal story of rape and encourage sexual assault victims to speak up.

  • Rishonim Travels

    Our wandering Rishonim keep their hearts full and maintain their unique identity on the road.

  • #IamGMW Celebrates Tu B’Shevat

    Celebrating Tu B'Shevat with J Connection and young families in Montclair.

  • Talk Israel Retreat

    Brings college students for a weekend to celebrate Israel and learn how to talk about it on campus.

  • Community Challah Bake

    Participants braid challahs at the GMW Challah Bake in conjunction with the national #GivingTuesday initiative.

  • Art experiences

    Participants on the Seymour Epstein Leadership Mission visit the Igloo Arts Center, which provides art and cultural experiences, in Ofakim.

  • Diller Teen Fellows

    Diller Teen Fellows from Greater MetroWest and their Israeli counterparts of Rishon LeZion go hiking together in Israel. The partnership is known as “Metro-LeZion”

  • Diller Teen Fellows

    Diller Teen Fellows from Greater MetroWest and their Israeli counterparts of Rishon LeZion at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem.

  • A safe haven

    During last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, children in Ofakim, Israel, play in a bomb-proof shelter’s Gymboree playroom.

  • Summer fun at camp

    Having a blast at the NJY Camps, one of the many overnight camps that children participating in the Federation-supported One Happy Camper program can choose from.

  • Creating a welcoming community

    Mark Lubinsky is a parsha scholar and Torah reader in Greater MetroWest, sharing his love of Judaism with others. He is a member of Minyan Meyuchad and the Wae (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center, a program of Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled.

Remembrance

Shai Kartus shares stories and feelings about fellow Diller 2 participant, Matan Gotlib z”l.

  • Talk Israel Retreat

    Coordinated by Israel Center and CRC, this weekend retreat provides local college students with the tools they need to advocate for Israel on their campuses.

  • Rishonim Met with President Shimon Peres

    Our ‪Rishonim met President Shimon Peres on their flight home for vacation.

  • Fighting Anti-Semitism

    Melanie Gorelick, CRC Director, testified at the NJ Assembly State Government Committee on a resolution condemning all forms of Anti-Semitism.

  • Overseas needs

    A 14-year-old, a resident of Almaty, Kazakhstan, who has been assisted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

  • Leadership exercise

    Participants on the Seymour Epstein Leadership Mission learn how to herd sheep at the Neot Kedumim nature reserve in Israel.

  • Solidarity with Israel

    A crowd listens to speakers at an Israel solidarity rally. Dignitaries such as NJ Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Leonard Lance spoke in support of Israel’s right to defend itself.

  • Fighting hunger

    Students at the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth volunteer at the Jewish Family Service of Central NJ’s food pantry on behalf of the Federation’s End Hunger campaign.

  • Immigrant experience

    Members of the Project Gesher cohort of Greater MetroWest’s partnership communities in Ofakim and Arad, Israel, together with staff from Federation’s Israel Program Center, visit Ellis Island.

  • Giving back: Supermarket Sweep

    Families purchasing groceries at ShopRite in Clark at the Supermarket Sweep fund-raiser on behalf of the kosher food pantries of the Jewish Family Service of Central NJ and the Bobrow Food Pantry of Oheb Shalom Congregation.

  • Popsicles in the Park

    Children enjoy a Popsicles in the Park event run by the JConnections outreach program supported by Federation for families in the community.

  • Survivor twinning

    Howard Goldberg, now a sophomore at Ithaca College, participated in the Holocaust Council’s “Twin-with-a Survivor” program with Fred Heyman for his bar mitzvah project.

  • From Memory to History

    The opening reception of the Holocaust Council of GMW exhibit which also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

  • Birthright adventure

    Greater MetroWest participants on Birthright Israel, a 10-day peer trip to explore their heritage and connect to the land of Israel.

  • Welcoming Shabbat

    Students at Golda Och Academy in West Orange celebrate Shabbat.

  • Celebrate Israel

    Students at Golda Och Academy in West Orange celebrate Israel as part of their curriculum building a living bridge to Israel.

  • Margulies Senior Lunch

    Two participants at the JCC MetroWest’s Margulies Senior Center, West Orange, enjoy a thank-you luncheon for supporting the UJA Campaign.

  • Hands-on science lesson

    Students at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, a Federation partner agency, participate in a science lesson.

  • Teen Volunteers

    Teens help make fund-raising calls at this year’s Super Sunday phonathon and day of community building on Dec. 7.

  • Senior enrichment

    A participant in the Lester Senior Housing Life Long Learning Institute shows off her certificate of participation in the program.

  • A home for lone soldiers

    Josh Malchman, a lone soldier in Israel, is the son of David Malchman, a participant in Greater MetroWest’s Peoplehood Project Cohort 3, which provides lone soldiers with necessities and emotional support during their army service.

  • Maccabi Games

    At the 2014 Junior Maccabi Games held in Cherry Hill, the JCC of Central NJ’s delegation included a boys’ basketball team, a tennis player, and a swim team.

  • Supporting Seniors in Cherkassy

    Members of the GMW Committee visit a senior who is assisted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Cherkassy, Ukraine, one of Federation’s overseas partnership communities.

  • Ladies Night Out

    100+ women came out to celebrate their mutual caring for their GMW Jewish community.

  • Building together

    Through the Bonim B’Yachad: Building Together in Union Beach initiative, GMW volunteers help rebuild a home devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Shofar blowers

    Participants in the Great Shofar Rally sound shofars in unison, breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest-ever gathering of shofar blowers.

  • Lights in Ukraine

    Alina lives and her family live in Odessa, Ukraine. They have received help from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

  • Standing with Israel

    A couple demonstrates their solidarity with Israel at a rally sponsored by the Federation and its Community Relations Committee and cosponsored by area synagogues and Jewish organizations.

  • Listening and supporting

    Jewish Family Service agencies provide vital counseling services to those in the community who need it.

  • I am ABLE

    Elinor Goldberg, a talented artist and the mom of three children, accessed career counseling and job placement services at Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest, with the support of American Sign Language interpretation from a fellow program participant.