Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Essex & Union

Union Y Raffle Gala Surpasses Previous Fundraising Efforts

The Union Y Raffle Gala, which took place Sunday, January 14, was a major success. Breaking all past fundraisers’ records, the winners were as follows: first prize (trip to Israel for two) went to Gregg Navins, second prize ($1,000 gift card) to Linda Ershow-Levenberg and David Levenberg, third prize ($500 gift card) to Lynne and

Upcoming Events at the Union Y

The Y will hold its arts brunch on Sunday, February 4, at 11:30 a.m. and will be showing the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Cost will be $8 per person ($5 for members). Bagels will be served. RSVP to 908-289-8112.

The Gan 2018 Jewish nursery school open house will be held Sunday, February 18, from

Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience Provides Volunteer Opportunities for Local Teens

(Courtesy of JFSCJ) Jill Dispenza, program director for The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience (WAYVE) Program has announced the inception of a WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Board.

According to Dispenza, “The WAYVE Teen Philanthropy Program seeks to educate teens on the vital roles

The ‘Book Smugglers’ Help Preserve the History of Vilna’s Jews

To write an award-winning book that reads like page-turning novel is a rare achievement for an academic. Yet, “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures From the Nazis” is one of the most thrilling stories of the Holocaust. Written by David E. Fishman, a professor who studied at

JFS of Central NJ Hosts ‘Memory Café’

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting a free “Memory Café” on Tuesday, January 23, at the Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. The “Memory Café” provides a casual time to enjoy lunch and social activities for individuals with early to

Lester Senior Housing Community Will Host Open Houses and Tours of Memory Care Suite

Area seniors and loved ones will learn about independent and assisted living options, as well as dementia care, at Lester’s senior living community.

(Courtesy of Lester Senior Housing) The Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany will host two open houses on consecutive

Bris Avrohom to Offer Taharas Hamishpacha Review Course for Men

Join Bris Avrohom for a taharas hamishpacha review course for men, to be held on Mondays, January 15 and 29, and February 5 and 9, at the Kanelsky home located at 819 Stanton Avenue, Elizabeth, from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.


Chabad of West Orange Hosts Annual Women’s Dinner

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) More than 70 women attended the Rosh Chodesh Society Annual Women’s Dinner, a project of Chabad of West Orange. The dinner was entitled “An Evening of Joy and Laughter,” and that was certainly the feeling when the guest speaker, Devora Lewis, took the stage. Lewis, who

Livingston Book Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Enthusiasm, good planning and a fun group of women all helped to create The Jewish Women’s Club (JWC) in Livingston, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January. JWC is a book club started by Ray Cohen, a member of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston. She shared her idea with me and we organized the

Kindness Adds a Special Light to Chanukah Around Town

(Courtesy of Friendship Circle) From Livingston to Newark to West Orange, communal menorah lightings around the area spread a warmth and festive feel throughout the area, giving people ample opportunities to celebrate Chanukah with friends and neighbors.

For the first time in several

Maplewood Jewish Center Breaks Ground on New Building

The Maplewood Jewish Center, located at 113 Parker Avenue in Maplewood, broke ground on its new building. Pictured (l-r) are Ethelyn Geschwind, vice president; Debbie Chudnow, board member; David Wise, president; Rabbi Sholom Bogomilsky; and Frumie Bogomilsky, preschool director.


‘Fall Prevention and Home Safety’ to Be Discussed in Westfield

An informational program on “Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress,” for seniors and their families, will take place on Tuesday, January 9, at 11:30 a.m. at The Senior Resource Center at The Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The program will be presented by Dr. Claire M. Mulry, OTD, OTR, CAPS, who is an