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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Middlesex

RWJ Bikur Cholim Honors Rabbi Yakov Hilsenrath, z”l

For 50 years, Rabbi Yakov Hilsenrath, z”l, visited the sick at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rabbi Hilsenrath’s family, volunteers for Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley and members of the local community, recently gathered in RWJ’s new 

PJ Library: Free Books Help Strengthen Jewish Family Bonds and Values

South River—PJ Library is the extraordinarily successful partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and local partners like the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey that mails free, expertly selected, age-appropriate Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent.

Project Makom Helps Jews Find Their Place in Orthodoxy

Allison Josephs, founder and director of Jew in the City (JITC), spoke to several dozen community members at a private home in Edison on Wednesday, July 19. Josephs discussed the history of her organization, the evolution of Project Makom, a 3-year-old initiative of Jew in the City, and how the community could help. Accompanied by

JFS of Middlesex Hires Sam Nussbaum as New CEO

After a thorough and lengthy interview process and unanimous vote, the JFS of Middlesex board of trustees announced Sam Nussbaum as its new CEO, replacing Sara Levine, who recently retired after a long tenure. “Sam comes to us with a stellar background with over 30 years of successful leadership in both secular and Jewish

Jewish Federation Shaliach Moshe Levi Enlightens at JCC of Middlesex

The JCC of Middlesex County hosted “Israel’s Friends and Foes: The 2017 Middle East Realignment” on Thursday evening, July 13. Nearly 50 people attended the enlightening presentation given by Moshe Levi, the Jewish Agency’s shaliach to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest. Levi was invited back to continue the

Heart of NJ Life and Legacy Program Closes Successful Inaugural Year

Year one of a four-year community-wide Life and Legacy program spearheaded by the Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) closed on March 31. The objective of this collaborative effort is to preserve vibrant Jewish life for future generations by creating a culture of legacy philanthropy. The establishment of endowment funds

Peace of Mind Screens ‘On the Map’ at RPRY to Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim

The Peace of Mind organization celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem on Wednesday, May 24, with a screening of the film “On the Map” at the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva in Edison. Proceeds from the event will benefit the group, which helps Israeli Defense Force combat

J-Biz Expo and Business Conference Comes to Edison

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce has finalized some exciting additions to the J-Biz Expo and Business Conference, which will take place on Thursday, June 15, at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison.

Paul Massey will present at the morning keynote session. Massey has made waves as

Highland Park’s Etz Ahaim Celebrates the Community With First-Ever Kugel Kiddush

In celebration of the wonderful Highland Park Jewish community, Etz Ahaim is hosting the

first-ever kugel kiddush on Shabbat, June 17. This community is a place where people may have different outlooks and traditions, yet still remain friends because they are able to overlook these tiny differences and

RPRY Names, Not Numbers© Draws Record Crowd

Over 500 people poured into the halls of RPRY to hear the testimonies of nine Holocaust survivors, who had been interviewed by the school’s eighth-grade students, on Tuesday night, May 23. The project, “Better Together: Names, Not Numbers©,” created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg, took place at

Edison Resident Josh Caplan Joins Teach NJS

New Jersey Jewish schools have a new advocate at work for them. Josh Caplan, a long-time resident of Edison, has joined the Orthodox Union’s Teach NJS as the New Jersey director. With a background in Jewish education administration, advocacy and media, Caplan brings all his experience to bear in his new role.

Rabbi Effy Unterman Brings Spiritual Energy to YI of East Brunswick

The rabbi and officers at the Young Israel of East Brunswick agree that a fusion of unique ingredients makes the town a great place to call home for Orthodox families. Rabbi Efrayim (Effy) and Rivkie Unterman assumed the spiritual helm at YIEB last August, after longtime spiritual leader Rabbi Jay