Friday, April 03, 2020

Essex & Union

AABJ&D Families Enjoy At-Home Family Scavenger Hunt

On Sunday, March 22, families at Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange held an at-home “scavenger hunt.” They were instructed to find their favorite toy and keep it with them for the duration of the hunt. The hunt included activities like “build a tower out of anything you have,” “make a bracha on a

Bris Avrohom Ships out Matzah for Pesach

Despite the global pandemic raging around the world, Bris Avrohom is continuing to help families with obtaining shmurah matzah for the holiday of Pesach. Hundreds of pounds of shmurah matzah as well as holiday guides were safely prepared to ship out to hundreds of families all over. Bris Avrohom printed a step-by-step Pesach/Seder

Gerald ‘Pateesh’ Freedman Propels Progress in Hillside

Gerald “Pateesh” Freedman is currently in his sixth term on the Hillside Township Council. His 21 years on the council span several mayors, an uprising in government from the commission format to the Faulkner format and includes a two-year run as council president.


Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Puts Out Community Call to Action

In times of uncertainty, we know that we are greater together. We’re seeing directly and indirectly through images shared on social media the unfortunate impact COVID-19 is having on our lifestyle, basic needs and social behavior, not only in our community, but across the country and the world. This isn’t a small group of people being

Zooming in on ECD at Union Y

Early Childhood classes at the YM-YWHA Union continue on as even the youngest students can participate on-line with their teachers

Etz Chaim Families Bake Challah ‘Together’

Congregation Etz Chaim’s Rebbetzin Sarah Klibanoff helped usher in the second virtual Shabbat with a community-wide “challah bake.”

Forming Bonds That Defy Quarantine

It was almost midnight last Tuesday when an idea came to Rebecca Mischel, the rebbetzin of Suburban Torah in Livingston. She sent a quick message to an informal WhatsApp group, composed of over 75 women of all ages from the shul’s community. “I keep thinking about all the families quarantined in New Rochelle…how can we show

Lester Senior Living Open House Cancelled

Lester Senior Living in Whippany had planned an open house for Wednesday, March 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, this event has been cancelled. For more information, please contact David Rozen, admissions/marketing manager, at 973-929-2725 or [email protected]

Bris Avrohom Celebrates Purim

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Bris Avrohom celebrated Purim in the Circus with a Megillah reading, live music with Sandy Shmuely, dancing and a delicious catered feast. In continuing with the spirit of Purim, Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky, executive director of Bris Avrohom, distributed mishloach manot and matanot

Essex and Union Counties Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jill Kirsch

On the heels of this week’s World Health Organization announcement that the novel coronavirus crisis has now reached pandemic levels, local communities took action to help slow the spread of the virus. According to experts, the goal is to “flatten the curve,” using social distancing as a means to control the virus’ spread in an effort to

Livingston's Mikvah Chana Initiative Inspires

At the beginning of 2019, a magnificent new bridal suite at Mikvah Chana in Livingston was dedicated in honor of Naomi Rosenfeld, z”l, a local mother of four who passed away in 2017 at the age of 42. The suite, designed by Karen B. Wolf Interiors with the ambiance of a day spa, is intended to further beautify the mitzvah

JFS MetroWest Holds Continuing Ed Conference on Suicide Prevention

(Courtesy of JFS MetroWest) On March 5, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ hosted 100 professional mental health providers at our full-day conference “Unlocking Suicidal Secrets: New Thoughts on Old Problems in Suicide Prevention.”

This full-day conference provided local mental health