Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Essex & Union

Fun Events Coming Up at the Union Y

Chinese Food & A Movie: Tuesday, December 25, 11 a.m. “The Last Laugh,” an award-winning film by Ferne Pearlstein, featuring Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl & Rob Reiner and many more. Followed by Chinese food buffet. $10 ($8 members). Must RSVP to 908-289-8112 or

Governor Murphy Attends Cafe Europa Chanukah Event

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest was honored to host the Cafe Europa Chanukah event on December 3. Governor Murphy joined more than 100 survivors at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, New Jersey. The Claims Conference sponsored the event.

Chabad Celebrates Rosh Hashanah of Chasidus

Chabad of West Orange celebrated Yud Tes Kislev, the “Rosh Hashanah of Chasidus,” at the home of Rabbi Mendy and Altie Kasowitz. Special guest Rabbi Boruch Hecht, director of admissions at the Rabbinical College of America, shared the message that Judaism must be celebrated with intense joy. And it

JFS of MetroWest Launches Monthly Support Group for Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest will begin offering a support group for parents of LGBTQ+ youth this month. This group is intended for parents whose child is first coming out or has already come out. It will provide parents a safe space to find the support and resources they need and deserve.

Union Y Starts Mommy and Me

A new six week class for babies ages 6-18 months at the Y in Union. Includes play enrichment, music, art, baby yoga and a variety of age appropriate activities for one hour and 15 minutes. Led by Ruth Wasser, EC director.


LifeTown Opens Its Doors

(Courtesy of LifeTown) After years of planning, designing and building, LifeTown, The Jerry Gottesman Center, finally came to life as hundreds of children, teens and volunteers stepped through its doors on Sunday, Dec. 2, for Torah Circle.

The 53,000-square-foot center in

Springfield Unites for Pittsburgh on Chanukah

Attended by over 350 people, Springfield’s “Evening of Unity” lived up to its name. The event was hosted by Temple Sha’arey Shalom and co-sponsored jointly by every Jewish organization in Springfield.

Flanked by Rabbi Renee Edelman of Sha’arey Shalom, Ben Hoffer,

YU-Linden Beit Midrash Series Begins

The first lecture of the Linden Beit Midrash of 2018-2019 coordinated with Yeshiva University was held at Congregation Anshe Chesed on Monday, November 26. Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future and rabbi of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton, was the featured speaker.

Parrot Rebbe Visits Union Y

The Parrot Rebbe both entertained and amazed over 200 people at the Tropical Y Chanukah Party this past Sunday.

Uncle Moishy Is Coming to Congregation AABJ&D

Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange will host an Uncle Moishy concert on Sunday, December 16 at 11 a.m.! Tickets are $15 if purchased by December 14 and $20 at the door. Lap children 1 and under are free of charge. Food will be sold by Super Duper Bagel. Online registration can be made at

Daughters of Israel Thanks Volunteers

(Courtesy of DOI) Daughters of Israel’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon took place on November 28, honoring its many volunteers who assist throughout the home. Special guest speaker, Harriet Cabelly, author and life coach, spoke about the rewards of volunteerism. Onie Meyers, gift shop volunteer for 14 years, was

Daf Hashavua Lives On: Rav Teitz’s Yahrtzeit Commemoration

Next week will, im yirtzeh Hashem, mark the 23rd yahrtzeit of Harav Pinchas Mordechai Teitz, zt”l. Rav Teitz and his rebbetzin are famous for building the flourishing Elizabeth, New Jersey, kehilah as well as the Jewish Educational Center. Yet another great accomplishment of Rav Teitz was the legendary Daf