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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Middlesex

Edison’s Ahavas Yisrael to Honor Jaffe Family

As Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Edison prepares to honor its Rabbi and Rebbetzin of 10 years on June 10, it’s remarkable to consider how the shul got to this point. Fifteen years ago none of this seemed likely to occur.

Observant Jews living on the outskirts of the bustling

Change the Conversation About Israel and How to Engage the Next Generation

Chloe Simone Valdary is a 23-year-old Christian from New Orleans who saw a parallel between the black experience in America and the Jewish experience in the Middle East. Her studies and experiences led her to be a strong advocate for Israel. She has spoken throughout the country and has been interviewed on the Huffington Post Live,

Kiddush Hashem: Two Businesses Lead by Example

One of the ways a frum-owned business can serve as a role model for Yiddishkeit is when it goes “above and beyond” accepted practices. Salit Auto Sales in Edison provides a wonderful example.

The used-car dealership, a Middlesex County business for over 20 years, is owned and

Rutgers Bildner Center Spring Events Offer Glimpses of Jewish Ghetto Life

One of the advantages of living in the central New Jersey area is the vast array of educational opportunities on topics ranging from the Jewish ghetto of Florence to the history of Chasidism. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University offered these free events and more as part of their Spring 2018

Exodus From Cuba: A Historical and Personal Account

Congregation Etz Ahaim will host a lecture accompanied by a PowerPoint and slideshow presented by Israel Maya on Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at 230 Denison St. in Highland Park. Mr. Maya was the former president of the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie, Brooklyn, for 19 years. Recently retired after 36 years in the securities

Highland Park Board of Education Meets With Orthodox Leaders

A few years back there were serious tensions between the Orthodox community in Highland Park and leaders of the local public school system.

Members of the Orthodox community, upset with local property tax increases, suspected that public school spending was not well managed. Leaders of the

‘Names, Not Numbers©’ Documentary to Be Screened at RPRY

(Courtesy of RPRY) Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva eighth graders are preparing for the screening later this month of their year-long Holocaust study documentary through “Names, Not Numbers©.” The project, “Better Together—Names, Not Numbers ©,” 

Hundreds of Local Teens Join Fire Safety Professionals for Day of Service

(Courtesy of Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey) Hundreds of Jewish teens from Monmouth and Middlesex counties came together, hosted by the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, for the global teen service initiative, J-Serve, on April 22. The stated goal was to make the world a better place.

Middlesex County Celebrates History of Israeli Music and Dance on Yom Ha’atzmaut

Israel’s 70th birthday was celebrated in a big way on the evening of Thursday, April 19, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The event drew about 200 community members as well as students to hear a presentation about the history of Israeli music and dance and was followed by a concert of Israeli music.

Frum Business Creates Kiddush Hashem: Covered Girl Clothing

When you run a small business, your number one goal is to find a way to be profitable. Balancing demands of time, expenses and promotion, as well the challenge of showing why your products and/or services are different than the competition’s, the small business operator juggles a lot to make it all work.

Genealogy Club of Central Jersey (GCCJ) Announces Next Meeting

The next meeting of the genealogy Club of Central Jersey will take place on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at Ahavas Achim Synagogue, 216 South 1st Avenue, in Highland Park.

Meetings are held on the second floor of the building. The room where the meeting takes place can be reached by stairways either at

JCC of Middlesex County to Host Indian-Jewish Artist

The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will feature world-renowned Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin next Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. Originally from Mumbai, India, Benjamin will present the 30-minute documentary “Blue Like Me,” which profiles her art and work fusing Indian culture and Jewish culture. Lecture and