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Author and Activist Addresses MetroWest Community

Livingston Hadassah welcomed journalist and author Mike Kelly, author of The Bus on Jaffa Road, to the MetroWest community.

Speaking at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston with Kelly was West Orange resident and MetroWest community activist Stephen Flatow. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad in 1995. After Alisa’s murder, Flatow commenced a lawsuit against the government of Iran and was awarded $250 million. He has written extensively on issues related to terrorism.

West Orange Mikvah Mother’s Day Fundraiser

The West Orange Mikvah is running a special Mother’s Day fundraiser this year. Rena Schlanger, licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience, will be providing massages privately in her West Orange home. A full-hour massage will cost $80—the perfect Mother’s Day gift. To purchase a massage gift certificate for that special someone, visit http://www.westorangemikvah.org/mother-s-day-fundraiser.html. Payment by check is also accepted and checks should be made payable to West Orange Mikvah. Gift certificates can be mailed or emailed to the recipient. Address and other information will be on the gift certificate.

Special Needs Network Conducting Survey to Help Local Community Members

A basic Jewish value teaches us “al tiphrosh min hatzibur,” meaning, “do not separate yourself from the community.” As Jews, we have a responsibility to create a Jewish community that is accessible to all, including those members who have special needs.

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is committed to supporting all of its community members. One of the Federation’s initiatives, Greater MetroWest ABLE (Access, Belonging, and Life Enrichment for People and Families with Special Needs), is a network of community leaders and professionals that work together to advocate for and support individuals with disabilities and their families. Greater MetroWest ABLE envisions a community that is made whole through the active and meaningful participation of all of its members, with opportunities for access to every aspect of Jewish life.

To that end, Greater MetroWest ABLE is conducting a Disability Services survey in an effort to gather more information that will better enable it to meet these goals. Individuals with a disability or their family members or caregivers are asked to take 10 minutes to complete this important survey, which can be found at www.metrowestable.org. It will remain open through May 22.

For more information or assistance in completing the survey, please contact [email protected] or 973-929-3129.

Linden to Host Historic Mikvah Dedication

Linden—On Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., the Linden Jewish community will celebrate a historic event—the grand opening of the Ziga Roshanski Mikvah. Congregation Anshe Chesed, led by Rabbi Joshua Hess, will host the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the community’s first mikvah in its 101-year history. All are invited to attend. Brunch will be served. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available. For information, contact [email protected] or call 908-486-8616. Congregation Anshe Chesed is located at 1000 Orchard Terrace in Linden.

West Orange Chabad to Honor Local Leaders at Annual Dinner

Chabad of West Orange will honor community leaders at its Annual Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 27, 9 Sivan. The event will be held at the Atrium Country Club, 609 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange. There will be a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:30. The event will look back at the wonderful accomplishments of Chabad and look forward to the purchase of the new Chabad Community Center on Pleasant Valley Way.

Honorees are Jack Silverman and William Silverman of the Silverman Realty & Mortgage Co. LLC; Robert Parisi, Mayor of West Orange Township; Jordan and Susan Galatz, outstanding new members; and Boruch and Lisa Frohlinger, who will receive Chabad’s Chesed Award at the event.

Couvert is $180 per person. To rsvp, visit www.chabadwestorange.com/dinner or call 973-325-6311.

Chabad of West Orange is affiliated with the Lubavitch Center of Essex County and the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown.

Sigal Chen to Perform in Support of Dolev Homes

On Sunday, May 17 at 7:30pm in West Orange, noted Israeli soprano Sigal Chen will be performing Israeli, Yiddish and Ladino favorites in a recital to benefit PROUD-Partners Reaching out to Ulpanat Dolev. The Ulpana is the crown jewel in the network of Dolev Homes for Youth in Israel, which helps over 450 students from troubled families in Dolev, Ashdod, Modi’in, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Their exceptional track record of successfully rebuilding the lives of these young people and helping them become healthy and productive members of Israeli society has been recognized by the Israeli government when it awarded Dolev the Education Prize.

PROUD is a 501C3 organization and all US donations are tax deductible. Their website is Dolev4u.org. For directions to the concert and to RSVP, please call Sheba Mittelman at 973-477-4990 or email to [email protected].

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