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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Essex & Union

JFS Central NJ Hosts Recognition Luncheon

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey recently hosted the Retired and Senior Volunteer Recognition luncheon at Kean University’s STEM building. If you are 55 and older, live in Union County and are interested in volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Levine at

Bris Avrohom Hillside Visits With Emissaries

A group of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries from various cities in Ukraine: Zhytomyr, Odessa, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia, Kamenskoye, came with a group of newly observant women who raised their own money to come visit the Lubavitch Headquarters; the Ohel, The holy resting place of the Rebbe, and the Bris Avrohom Center of Hillside. Mrs.

Shavuot Means Cheesecake and More at Chabad of West Orange

At a unique crossroads between religion and cuisine, the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai 3,331 years ago, has become a celebration of fine dairy cuisine as well. Shavuot is celebrated for two days beginning Saturday evening June 8 through Monday evening June 10.

Ohr Torah Celebrates Annual Barbecue

Congregation Ohr Torah in West Orange held its annual barbecue on Sunday, May 26. The event was once again hosted by Rabbi Marc and Debra Spivak. Each year the members of the Ohr Torah community get together for an afternoon of food and fun. Children run in the yard, toss a football, play a pickup game

Congregation Anshe Chesed Plans Shavuot Programming

Congregation Anshe Chesed of Linden is happy to share its unique Shavuot schedule with the broader community.

On Shabbat, Parshat Bamidbar, in addition to the ongoing parsha class before Shacharit, a special tikkun erev Shavuot for kids will take place at the Shabbos Park from 5 – 5:30 p.m., led by

How New Jersey Shaped the ‘Last Jewish Gangster’

(Courtesy of Hebrew Free Loan Society of New Jersey) Like all great mafia stories, Myron Sugerman’s starts in New Jersey.

He was the son of a bootlegger—the “greatest moneymaking opportunity for immigrants,” as Myron puts it—turned casino operator (or, at least, coin-operated slot

Holocaust Survivors Among Those Featured at Montville Tolerance Conference

Imagine a one-day conference with over 50 speakers, assembled to address the concepts and imperative of tolerance, the global and social wages of war, tyranny and other inhumane behaviors that they personally experienced. One would think there could not possibly be time in a single day to give voice to

Orthodox Shuls of Union County Lead the Way in JFS 5K

A sunny and temperate start to the day on Sunday, June 2, provided ideal conditions for the JFS of Central NJ 5K run held in Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey. Heidi Pekarsky, marketing and development director for the JFS Central New Jersey region, expressed special appreciation on behalf of JFS to the five

Chabad of West Orange Annual Dinner: A Response to Recent Terror Attacks

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) In the quintessential spirit for which Chabad is known worldwide, the West Orange branch of the Chabad-Lubavitch organization will remember the victims of recent terror attacks at their June 13 annual dinner. In addition, new security measures implemented after the horrible

NJ Symphony Players Celebrate Mother’s Day With Daughters of Israel

Chamber players from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) performed in a special celebration at Daughters of Israel on Mother’s Day. 

Parsippany Shabbaton to Feature Rabbi Mendelevich

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich will be the scholar-in-residence for the eighth Dr. George S. Rotter Memorial Shabbaton at Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah in Parsippany, June 14-15. The shabbaton will begin on Friday, June 14, with Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. followed by a sumptuous Shabbat dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Bris Avrohom Marks Lag BaOmer

A Lag BaOmer outing event in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was held at Phil Rizzuto Park. Organized by Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky, Youth and Torah Education Director of Bris Avrohom, in a spirit of unity the entire Union County community joined together with the shuls of AI, Bris Avrohom, the JEC, and Linden. The