Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Essex & Union

Community Mourns Philanthropist Jerry Gottesman

The MetroWest Jewish community, and the entire Jewish world, lost a giant this weekend. Jerome (Jerry) Gottesman, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, September 10, while in Israel with his wife of 55 years, Paula, surrounded by close family.

Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph, New

MetroWest Federation Announces New Multi-Campus Hillel

Whippany—Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is pleased to announce the creation and launch of the Greater MetroWest Multi-Campus Hillel in partnership with Rutgers Hillel. GMW Hillel will provide outreach and engagement to the Jewish student populations at Montclair State University, Kean University, Fairleigh Dickinson University,

Visit West Orange Lubavitch Center Sukkah Depot for Huge Selection and New Items

Sukkah Depot at Lubavitch Center is now open. On display in the backyard are models of Classic, Royal and Premium sukkahs and the most beautiful lights, wood-like panels with doors, windows and stained-glass art.

The new Premium sukkah is

Bris Avrohom Recognizes Children Giving Charity

As we are preparing for the High Holidays, we try to increase doing mitzvahs, specifically the mitzvah of tzedakah. Bris Avrohom is encouraging not just adults to give to charity but also children. They should have their tzedakah box and give to charity on a daily basis. In the merit of us increasing in performing this mitzvah, we

YM-YWHA of Union to Hold Open House Event on Sunday

The YM-YWHA of Union County will host its annual Open House Event at 501 Green Lane in Union this Sunday, September 17.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all events are free of charge and open to the community. Events

Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 365 to Hold Kickoff Barbecue

Boy Scout Troop 365 and Cub Scout Pack 365 are having their annual kickoff this Sunday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Bnai Shalom (300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052), with a campfire—cooking hotdogs and roasting marshmallows—and a few fun outdoor activities. All foods that will be served are kosher. The troop and pack are shomer Shabbos, and all

WO Rabbi Travels to Houston to Assist in Relief Efforts

Chabad Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz joins 50 rabbis from across the country volunteering in Houston.

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange)—With thousands of homes destroyed, and countless displaced, 50 rabbis from across the country headed to Texas to volunteer. Chabad Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz

Learn Torah in Preparation for the High Holidays

Now that we are in the month of Elul, we are obligated to prepare for the High Holidays by increasing in our mitzvot. One of those commandments is learning more Torah. Even during their summer break, children are studying the laws and customs of the holidays with Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky, Torah education and youth director of Bris

MetroWest Holocaust Council Hosts ‘Generations’ Exhibit

The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest NJ is hosting a Holocaust-themed exhibit titled “Generations,” a collection of paintings, sculpture, conceptual art and photographs by artists Hannah Keselman, Milton Ohring, Joanie Schwarz and Lev Gal Wertman. On display from September 17 to November 17, the exhibit will open with an

Wallerstein Family Refurbishes Daughters of Israel’s Slobodien Pavilion Solarium

The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement generously funded the refurbishment of the Slobodien Pavilion Solarium in memory of Rita and Melvin Wallerstein, ob”m. Mel’s family dedicated the renovation, calling it “Mel’s Spot,” as during his later years, as a resident at Daughters of Israel, Mel

Federation Offers Free High Holiday Tickets for Newcomers

MetroPass, a collaborative program between Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and area synagogues, is designed to provide newcomers to our community—or to synagogue life—with complimentary High Holiday tickets. In its seventh year, this program is designed to lower the barriers of entry and to encourage Jewish people in Greater

Bris Avrohom Preps for Elul

With the beginning of the month of Elul, Bris Avrohom is preparing for the High Holy Days by teaching children the significance of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year. The table is set with the symbols of the holiday, with lit candles, covered challah, the honey and the apple to be dipped for a sweet new year. All eyes are on Rabbi