Sunday, January 19, 2020


Middlesex County Gemach Has Grown From 50 to 1,000+ Costumes

(Courtesy of Middlesex gemach) Shari and Michael Gordon of Highland Park started a Purim costume gemach 12 years ago. The costumes are from infant sizes to adults, plus many accessories. The gemach is housed at Congregation Ohav Emeth in Highland Park.

They started with just 50 donated costumes

Highland Park Delights in Turkish Cuisine at ‘The Bridge’

It was (re)opening night and the place was packed.

The Bridge, a Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant that had been a fixture in Highland Park for years, had become kosher, and the Jewish community came out in large numbers on Saturday night, February 9, to

Israeli Star Boosts Jewish Community’s Interest in RU Women’s Basketball Team

With one move the Rutgers University Women’s basketball team, the Scarlet Knights, brought on impressive new talent, added a new international flavor to the team and generated great enthusiasm from Jewish fans across the state. They did all this when they recruited Noga Peleg Pelc, a well-regarded player from Even

Chabad House Celebrates 40 Years at Rutgers University

(Courtesy of Chabad of Rutgers) In the spirit of rejoicing and celebration, Chabad House Jewish Student Center at Rutgers University and its ten affiliate Chabad Houses serving central and southern New Jersey will celebrate their National Founders 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Grand Ballroom of Chabad House, 170

Raritan Valley Hadassah Explores ‘Women in Leadership’

Raritan Valley Hadassah invites the community to Women in Leadership, Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Highland Park Senior Center, 220 S. 6th Ave., Highland Park. The program will feature a panel discussion with Mayor Gayle Mittler; former Mayor Meryl Frank; Marlene Herman, president of the NJ Association of Jewish Federations;

Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park Presenting Dr. Efraim Chalamish

The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park will be presenting Dr. Efraim Chalamish discussing “Israel’s Global Alliances” on Saturday, February 9, at 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Ohav Emeth. Dr. Efraim Chalamish is an international economics law professor, advisor, and commentator. He has advised the Israeli government and Israel’s

Highland Park & Edison Host Teaneck Officials

One big question observant Jews face as they engage in the political process is: How do you work closely with people of different faiths and different beliefs?

This question was the focus of the January 12 event of the Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park, a grassroots

Jewish Federation and PJ Library® Help Local Families Make Connections

(Courtesy of PJ Library) Monmouth and Greater Middlesex County-area families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to connect with each other by participating in Jewish life, thanks to a new program reimbursing them up to $100 to create and share their own Jewish-inspired experiences with neighbors, family and

Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg to Discuss Tikkun Olam in Highland Park

The Orthodox Jewish Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents “When Did Tikkun Olam Become a Jewish Value?” Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, director of Jewish career guidance and placement, Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future, will speak on Orthodox American Jewry’s Involvement with Social Justice on Saturday, December 22,

Jewish Federation Briefs Community in Next-Level Active Shooter Response

(Courtesy of The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey) The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey conducted training sessions in Monmouth and Middlesex counties for Jewish and interfaith community leaders to learn next-level approaches to active shooter/attacker scenarios. Subject matter expert, Jin Kim, who retired in 2018

Rutgers U and International March of the Living Provide Teachable Moment to Educators

Technology has enabled us to share special moments the world over. On Wednesday, December 19, such a momentous event will take place at the Begin Center in Jerusalem. Through the combined efforts of Rutgers University’s Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience and the International March of the Living, a

Shalvah Offers Solutions for Frum Jews Battling Addictions

The tragic irony of drug and alcohol addictions in the Orthodox world is that aspects of religious life actually accentuate the problems.

One is easy access to booze. Lou Abrams, a social worker working with Observant Jews With Addictions, noted in an August 2017 New York