Friday, March 23, 2018

Essex & Union

West Orange’s Rabbi Marc Spivak Celebrates ‘Bar Mitzvah’ Kiddush

Thirteen years can pass in an instant. Think about your children and how quickly they seemed to go from infancy to b’nai mitzvah age. As the big day approaches, parents often post on Facebook, “Celebrating so-and-so’s bar/bat mitzvah. Where did the time go?”

These are

Springfield Resident Brings NY Fashion Camp to JKHA

Professional handbag designer Jennifer Siletski of Springfield always enjoyed sharing her passion for fashion design with her daughter as the two created projects together in their home. Fast forward 20 years and Siletski has combined her love for fashion and instructing and is owner and director of the New York Fashion Accessories

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest to Host National Election Forum

Whippany—“The race for the White House: Which candidate is better for the American and global Jewish community?” This will be the topic of a discussion sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ on Tuesday, November 1. Nationally acclaimed political analysts Jay Footlik (who served in the Clinton White House) and Jeff

The Shabbat Project Is Coming to West Orange

Join West Orange and more than 200 cities across the world keeping one Shabbat together. Last year all events were sold out, so please make your reservations early.

The Shabbat Project’s events this year include:

Thursday, November 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. -- Make

JCC MetroWest to Partner With ReelAbilities: Montclair for Film Screenings

The JCC MetroWest will be hosting four films from the ReelAbilities: Montclair film festival. On opening night, October 30, it will show two films about photography that were either made by or about individuals with special needs.

ReelAbilities: Montclair is part of the largest disability film festival

Zomet Institute Brings Scholar-in-Residence to Congregation AABJ&D

All are welcome to join Congregation AABJ&D for a scholar-in-residence program this Shabbat, October 28–29, featuring Rabbi Binyamin Zimmerman, senior lecturer at the Zomet Institute. He will speak three times during the course of Shabbat. First, on Friday night at 8:15 p.m., he will discuss “the halachic challenges faced by a

Sukkah at Overlook a Symbol of Medical Center’s Commitment to Support Diversity

Summit—Tucked away in a secluded courtyard, under the open sky, between two Medical Arts Center buildings at Overlook Medical Center, is a sukkah.

To some it may look like a square tent with an odd roof and a picnic table inside, but it is much more. The sukkah is a visible symbol of the

Bris Avrohom Honors NJ Transit at Annual Dinner

At Bris Avrohom’s 37th Annual Dinner, the Community Service Award was presented to New Jersey Transit through its representatives, Thomas Clark, Regional Manager, Government and Community Relations, and John Leon, Senior Director, Government and Community Relations. Through their efforts, Bris Avrohom

AABJ&D Youth Directors Plan Aliyah for January

It must be something in the water of West Orange. Congregation AABJ&D’s current youth directors, Rachel and David Schenkler are readying to make aliyah this January. Their immediate predecessors, Dovi and Daniella Shenkman, made aliyah in the summer of 2015.

Coincidence? Linda Laub, a

JFS MetroWest Volunteer Teaches About Tzedakah to JKHA Kindergarten Class

Miriam Slipowitz, a JFS MetroWest volunteer, visited the JKHA kindergarten students last week. She read them books about the importance of tzedakah and a wholesome Shabbat meal, including Chicken for Shabbat. Students were each able to take home their own copy of the book. Afterwards, she worked with the ganim to

JFS MW Secures Legacy Commitments to Ensure Its Future

Through the MetroWest Create a Jewish Legacy program, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ has secured 42 legacy commitments to help ensure the future of the agency. Attending the recent community gathering of Create a Jewish Legacy donors are (bottom row l to r) Elizabeth Cohen, Barbara Sebiri, Merle Kalishman, Lois Kaish,

Ahavas Achim Sisterhood to Host Mezuzah-Making Event

Ahavas Achim sisterhood presents a make-your-own-mezuzah event. Join them for a night of wine, light refreshments and glass making. The program will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the synagogue. The cost is $36 per person.

Sponsorships are available. A silver sponsorship is $54