Monday, February 17, 2020


Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey Plans Lecture on DNA Testing and Genealogy

The American Jewish Experience Lecture Series, presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, welcomes community members to a presentation by Jack Feinstein entitled “After DNA testing I Was Contacted by Cousins with Unfamiliar Last Names. Now What?” The lecture will be held on Wednesday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the

Middlesex County Promotes Spiritual Growth for Tisha B’Av

If your goal is to not just observe Tisha B’Av but grow from it, the shuls and yeshivot in Edison and Highland Park are offering a variety of opportunities for adults and children to thoughtfully reflect on the messages of the day.

On Thursday night, August 8, at 9:15 p.m., the

Highland Park’s Ahavas Achim Plans Seminar on Postpartum Depression

On Sunday, September 8, Ahavas Achim will host a seminar on postpartum depression, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

The presenter will be Marilyn Laves, LCSW-R, who has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years. She works full time in private practice and provides psychotherapy,

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey Wins Grant for PJ Library Ambassadors

Federation now taking applications for freelance ambassadors positions.

(Courtesy of The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey) Families raising Jewish children in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish communal activities in their area,

Local Drive Held for Keren Kol Kallah

Aviva Siegel is collecting used or new custom sheitels for Keren Kol Kallah. The sheitels are sold at very discounted prices at a gala sheitel sale to women who would otherwise not have the funds to buy a quality wig. All the money raised at the sale goes towards a hachnasat kallah fund that helps needy brides in Eretz

JFS of Middlesex Organizes Backpack Drive

Every year, more families come to Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County for help obtaining school supplies for their children. Help them fill their backpacks.

To donate, call 732-777-1940 or email

Hadassah Plans ‘Welcome Back’ Brunch

The Raritan Valley Hadassah chapter invites community members to their annual Welcome Back Brunch on Sunday, August 25, at 11 a.m. The brunch, catered by Jerusalem Pizza, will take place at the Wilf Campus Education & Resource Center, 354 DeMott Lane, Somerset, and will feature local comedian Mr. Tex. Cost: $25 per person.

Jewish Leadership Lessons From Past Shul Presidents

One recurring aspect of the summer months in observant Jewish communities is how the parshiot frequently highlight the challenges of Jewish leadership. From the spies’ sedition against Hashem’s plans for the conquest of Canaan, to Korach’s open rebellion, to numerous instances of public grumbling against

HP First Aid Squad Offers Discount Cards

The new Highland Park First Aid Squad discount cards are now available and offer significant savings at a few area kosher restaurants and Jewish community businesses.

To purchase the cards, please contact any squad member including: Josh Loewenstein, Joe Benedek and the Lewitter family. Cards

Save the Environment And Support a Local Shul

Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park happily accepts the following unwanted items: old smart phones and cell phones, used inkjet cartridges, iPads, old smart watches and broken gold and silver jewelry. These items do not have to be working to be dropped off.

Jewish Family Service Seeks Cooking Companions

Home-bound seniors often feel isolated and disconnected from the world. You can help them feel like they are part of the community.

Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) is beginning a brand new Cooking Companions program.

Etz Ahaim’s Rabbi Bassous to Retire; Search Under Way for New Rav

It was an email that, in retrospect, shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Still, it caught many shul members unaware and marked the end of a golden era at Congregation Etz Ahaim, the Sephardic synagogue in Highland Park.

The May 31 email’s subject line read: “Retirement of