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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Essex & Union

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

Back to the Future With Daf Hashavua and Rav Teitz

The Torah’s identity has always been linked with the Jewish people; indeed, its study is the key to their longevity. Though its availability to the masses is something we take for granted, it wasn’t always the case. In the early 1950s, before the yeshiva system blossomed in America, Torah study was largely ignored.

Daughters of Israel Employee Receives Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Monge, Hirsch Pavilion charge nurse at Daughters of Israel, who was a recipient of the Leading Age NJ “Excellence in Care” award. Elizabeth was presented with the award at a breakfast ceremony on December 5.

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.