Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Essex & Union

MetroWest Plans Novel ‘Hebrew School’ Program

The Greater MetroWest community is launching a new Hebrew school called Kulanu. Kulanu, from the phrase “Kulanu Kedoshim,” or “We are all holy,” aims to provide Torah-based educational, spiritual and social programming to Jewish children in public school, including those who have left yeshiva, enabling them to feel more

Bris Avrohom’s Rabbi Kanelsky Gives Invocation to State Assembly

Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom was invited by Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully to deliver the invocation at the New Jersey State Assembly for the last session of 2018. At the invocation Rabbi Kanelsky stressed the important concept of giving charity and the belief in “In God We Trust” that

Congregation Ohr Torah of West Orange Gets Moving

Last Sunday, the youth department of Congregation Ohr Torah of West Orange held its “Let’s Get Moving” event. The event, for kids 4-8 years old, featured playtime on the Fun Bus and a martial arts class by Ohr Torah’s own Sensei Mark Grebenau. Whether they were swinging, sliding or jumping on the bus or breaking

Judge Ruchie Freier to Speak at Chabad of West Orange Annual Women’s Dinner

Chabad of West Orange is proud to welcome the Honorable Ruchie Freier, who will be speaking at their Annual Women’s Dinner, entitled “Encourage. Empower. Inspire.” on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Freier, a civil court judge in Brooklyn’s fifth district and the first chasidic woman to

Chabad of West Orange Gives Havdalah Lesson

Chana’le Kasowitz (middle in light gray) teaches the art of Havdalah candle making after a lesson about Havdalah was led by her mother, Altie (to her left), co-director of Chabad West Orange, on a recent Saturday evening.

Chabad of West

Union Y Screens Documentary

A 50-plus crowd turned out for “Fifty-Plus” on December 25 for “Chinese Food & A Movie.” The movie screened was “The Last Laugh,” a documentary by Ferne Pearlstein.

Elizabeth’s Hermann Kaiser Receives Lev Tov Award From Shaare Zedek Hospital

Hermann Kaiser, long-time supporter of Shaare Zedek, was honored with the Lev Tov Award at the recent Heart of Jerusalem dinner.

Kaiser emigrated with his parents and brother from Germany to the United States in 1941. The family settled in Utica, New York, where Hermann received his BA in

JFS MetroWest Rachel Coalition Hosts Annual Luncheon

The Rachel Coalition recently hosted its annual Women to Women Luncheon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. The keynote speaker was Jennie Willoughby, a domestic violence survivor who has been outspoken about her abuser, Rob Porter, a former White House aide.

Proceeds from the luncheon

JFSCNJ Hosts Free Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver support group will take place on Friday, January 4, at 10 a.m., at The JFS Halpern Building in Elizabeth. The group is free and open to Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers in the community and is run in accordance with the Alzheimer’s New Jersey

NORWESCAP Partners With Jewish Family Service to Present ‘Senior Reach’

(Courtesy of JFS MetroWest) Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS) to launch Senior Reach, a nationally recognized, evidence-based program designed to reach socially isolated seniors in need of services required to combat declining

Judge Ruchie Freier Tells Her Story in Elizabeth

Things don’t happen by themselves. But if you asked Ruchie Freier, she affirms that both the believable and the unbelievable are in the hands of Hashem.

On her “speaking tour” she has reached out to multiple communities, speaking most recently at Bruriah High School in

JCC MetroWest Hosts Women of Valor Annual Brunch

(Courtesy of JCC MetroWest) On Friday, December 7, JCC MetroWest hosted the second annual Women Of Valor brunch honoring four inspiring and devoted women who have made a significant impact to the MetroWest community. Barbara Birnbaum (Livingston), Annette Littman (West Orange), Leslie Dannin Rosenthal (South Orange) and