Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New Jersey

Scenes From the 'Frank Pallotta For Congress' BBQ in Teaneck

GOP congressional candidate Frank Pallotta (pictured, center), was the guest of honor at a recent barbecue hosted by Peter and Ellen Tilem at their home in Teaneck. The businessman from Mahwah, running in New Jersey’s 5th district against incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer in the general election, met


Maplewood Jewish Center Completes Renovations

Maplewood Jewish Center (MJC) put Maplewood on the map—the Jewish map. After 12 years, a dream has finally come true for the members of the MJC community.

Frumie Bogomilsky, MJC administrator, wife of spiritual leader Rabbi Sholom Bogomilsky and director of


Livingston’s Etz Chaim Revamps Leadership With Two ‘Power Couples’

Back in 2018, well before the onset of COVID-19, Rabbi Sam Klibanoff and his committee planned to revamp Etz Chaim’s leadership. Given the burgeoning youth population, a new youth director had proven necessary, and it was also decided that an assistant rabbi would be hired.



Raritan Valley Vaad Provides ‘Evening of Inspiration’

As the community prepared for the first night of Selichot and the week before Rosh Hashanah, the Vaad HaRabonim of Raritan Valley offered a compact and uplifting series of shiurim to help community members get in the right frame of mind.

Congregational rabbis from Orthodox


‘Witness Theater: The Film,’ a Collaboration of HS Students and Holocaust Survivors, Premieres Tuesday

Many have asked, “What happens when Holocaust survivors stop sharing their stories?” Fortunately, a multitude of programs and initiatives have been created to collect and record these important chronicles. Selfhelp Community Services, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk and


A Welcome Basket For the Times

(Courtesy of Fleetwood Synagogue) When new couples move into the Westchester community of Fleetwood, they are greeted with fairly standard welcome gifts: a havdalah candle, besamim, a bottle of wine and a challah for Shabbat.

Welcoming five new families to the community over the past


CT Holocaust Survivor Receives HS Diploma

Miriam Schreiber is 88 years old, lives in Hartford, Connecticut, and, as a Holocaust survivor, has had an exceptionally challenging life. With all the experiences she lived through, one of her main regrets was not having received a formal education or a high school diploma. On August 16, during an


JFS MetroWest to Send Care Packages to At-Risk Older Adults

(Courtesy of JFS MetroWest) Through a very generous donation from the Sobel Family Foundation, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS) is delivering “care packages” to 300 at-risk older adults in the community. The care packages will be delivered over the next few weeks, by JFS volunteers, to residents of Village


Mesorah NJ to Celebrate at Sunday Siyum

On Sunday, September 13, at 6 p.m., young Jewish adults and community members from all over New Jersey will join a virtual siyum to celebrate their completion of Masechet Brachot––an accomplishment made possible by Mesorah NJ, a kiruv organization created to connect young Jewish professionals with each other and their


Valley Chabad Offers Three Options for High Holiday Services

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) With the pandemic keeping many people away from the indoors in public settings, Valley Chabad has found creative ways to stay connected with the community this high holiday season with various options for all.

For Rosh Hashanah there are three options:


NJ Jewish Business Alliance Expands Statewide

(Courtesy of NJJBA) The North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance (NJJBA), hosted its annual Legislative and Business Luncheon at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, on Wednesday, August 19, where two major announcements were made. Most speakers and honorees being present at the venue, while the bulk of viewers


JFS of Clifton and Passaic to Host Zoom-a-Thon for Seniors

(Courtesy of JFS Clifton) Since 2005, JFS has served senior citizens with the goal of aging in place. COVID-19 has created tremendous challenges to the continuity of senior citizen programming. In order to save their senior-citizen services, currently directly and indirectly serving nearly 300 seniors, JFS of Clifton and Passaic is hosting