Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Essex & Union

The ‘Book Smugglers’ Help Preserve the History of Vilna’s Jews

To write an award-winning book that reads like page-turning novel is a rare achievement for an academic. Yet, “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures From the Nazis” is one of the most thrilling stories of the Holocaust. Written by David E. Fishman, a professor who studied at

JFS of Central NJ Hosts ‘Memory Café’

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting a free “Memory Café” on Tuesday, January 23, at the Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. The “Memory Café” provides a casual time to enjoy lunch and social activities for individuals with early to

Lester Senior Housing Community Will Host Open Houses and Tours of Memory Care Suite

Area seniors and loved ones will learn about independent and assisted living options, as well as dementia care, at Lester’s senior living community.

(Courtesy of Lester Senior Housing) The Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany will host two open houses on consecutive

Bris Avrohom to Offer Taharas Hamishpacha Review Course for Men

Join Bris Avrohom for a taharas hamishpacha review course for men, to be held on Mondays, January 15 and 29, and February 5 and 9, at the Kanelsky home located at 819 Stanton Avenue, Elizabeth, from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.


Chabad of West Orange Hosts Annual Women’s Dinner

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) More than 70 women attended the Rosh Chodesh Society Annual Women’s Dinner, a project of Chabad of West Orange. The dinner was entitled “An Evening of Joy and Laughter,” and that was certainly the feeling when the guest speaker, Devora Lewis, took the stage. Lewis, who

Livingston Book Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Enthusiasm, good planning and a fun group of women all helped to create The Jewish Women’s Club (JWC) in Livingston, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January. JWC is a book club started by Ray Cohen, a member of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston. She shared her idea with me and we organized the

Kindness Adds a Special Light to Chanukah Around Town

(Courtesy of Friendship Circle) From Livingston to Newark to West Orange, communal menorah lightings around the area spread a warmth and festive feel throughout the area, giving people ample opportunities to celebrate Chanukah with friends and neighbors.

For the first time in several

Maplewood Jewish Center Breaks Ground on New Building

The Maplewood Jewish Center, located at 113 Parker Avenue in Maplewood, broke ground on its new building. Pictured (l-r) are Ethelyn Geschwind, vice president; Debbie Chudnow, board member; David Wise, president; Rabbi Sholom Bogomilsky; and Frumie Bogomilsky, preschool director.


‘Fall Prevention and Home Safety’ to Be Discussed in Westfield

An informational program on “Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress,” for seniors and their families, will take place on Tuesday, January 9, at 11:30 a.m. at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The program will be presented by Dr. Claire M. Mulry, OTD, OTR, CAPS, who is an

Beth Israel Synagogue to Host Rabbi Yaakov Sprung

Beth Israel Synagogue, located at 567 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, will host Rabbi Yaakov Sprung as scholar-in-residence on Shabbat, January 13, at noon and again at seudah shlishit. All are welcome.

Genealogy Club of Central Jersey Plans January Meeting

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club of Central Jersey (GCCJ) will be on Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Ahavas Achim Synagogue, 216 South 1st Ave. in Highland Park. The featured speaker will be Nathan Reiss, discussing “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy: The Basic Nitty-Gritty Stuff That You Need to Know in Order to Get Started.”

A Father’s Journey to Find Peace in the Middle East

The Israel Support Committee of Central New Jersey invites you to come and hear Stephen Flatow’s story of a father’s journey to find peace in the Middle East.

In 1994, Flatow’s 23-year-old daughter, Alisa, was murdered by Palestinian