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Union Y Unveils New Israel Center, Plans Chanukah Celebration

At the YM-YWHA of Union County, there was a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, November 20 to dedicate the new Kirschenbaum Israel Center. The Center will offer events, classes and films on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Its first big event will be a family Chanukah celebration, to be held on Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 p.m.

For more details or to reserve, contact Jani Jonas at the Y at 908-289-8112 or email [email protected].

JFS MetroWest and Alzheimer’s NJ Will Offer Caregiver Support Group

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ is pleased to announce that beginning on December 29, we will be offering a monthly support group in conjunction with Alzheimer’s New Jersey in Rockaway, NJ for those caring for a relative or a friend diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The group will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway.

Support groups provide families and caregivers with the emotional support and education they need to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Support groups are free and open to the public. For information about this group, please contact Siobhan Flynn-Higgins, LSW, of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ at 973-637-1763.

JFS MetroWest also offers Alzheimer’s and related dementia caregiver support groups in Essex County at 570 West Mount Pleasant Avenue in Livingston the last Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Please contact Alyson Kaplan, LCSW for information about this group at 973-765-9050.

For information on Alzheimer’s disease or support, please call Alzheimer’s New Jersey at 888-280-6055.

256 Columbia Turnpike Suite 105  Florham Park NJ 07932  ph: 973.765.9050

Union Y Annual Raffle Gala to Be Held on January 8

The YM-YWHA of Union County is pleased to announce that plans for the annual fundraiser event for 2017 is well under-way. This year’s honorees will be as follows: Community Leadership Award: Alan and Stacey Kirshenbaum of Short Hills. Young Leadership Award to Rachie and Lee Niren of Elizabeth, and a special 30-year commemoration for Executive Director Bryan Fox. Admission is $100 per person and entitles the holder to one raffle ticket. First prize is a “dream trip to Israel” or a $2,000 Visa card. Second prize is $1,000 Visa gift card or $1,000 worth of Y services. Third prize is a $500 ShopRite Gift Card or $500 worth of Y services.

The Y, located at 501 Green Lane in Union, continues to serve the community for over 130 years, recently celebrating 50 years at the Green Lane location. Shining as a beacon, it is a second home for seniors, working and single parents, summer camp for over 500 children, the homebound and unaffiliated. All proceeds from the raffle support the important programs, classes and events that the agency offers.

There is also an ad journal to recognize the honorees. For more information, please contact Susan Cohen at 908-289-8112.

West Orange’s AABJ&D Presents Rabbi Alex Israel This Shabbat

This Shabbat, December 9 and 10, Congregation AABJ&D will host scholar-in-residence Rabbi Alex Israel. On Friday night, beginning at 7:30, he will engage in conversation with moderator Rabbi Yosef Sharbat on topics that frequently arise in Biblical studies. Rabbi Israel’s area of expertise involves Biblical texts, the Prophets in particular, so issues surrounding Biblical themes will be given priority.

He will also give a class after Kiddush on Saturday, entitled “Ezra’s Revolution: How Judaism Changed After Ezra.” Finally, he will speak during seudah shlishit on the topic of “Religious and Secular in Israel. Room for Optimism?”

Rabbi Alex Israel teaches at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Israel. He is a popular lecturer at campuses and communities on three continents. In 2013, he published his first book: “I Kings: Torn in Two,” a commentary to Sefer Melachim. Rabbi Israel works with the Tzohar organization in Israel, bridging gaps between religious and secular communities

Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel was an active youth leader in Bnei Akiva and was the director of the Sixth Form Study Centre at LSJS. He moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Rabbi Alex Israel holds degrees from the London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University.

Rabbi Israel lives in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, with his wife, Aliza, and their four children. He enjoys running, music and everything to do with contemporary Israel.

The synagogue would like to thank the patrons, sponsors and supporters of this event. All are invited.

Congregation AABJ&D is located at 700 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

Join Chabad of Montclair for Menorahs and Martinis

Chabad of Montclair invites all women to a special pre-Chanukah event. On Monday, December 19, beginning at 7 p.m., join them for “Menorahs and Martinis,” an opportunity to design and decorate your own granite menorah while bonding with other women and enjoying a delicious latke bar and martinis. You will have fun while learning about the relevance of Chanukah to our day-to-day lives.

The fee is $15 per person. Sponsorships are available for $54.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 862-324-5077.

The event will take place at 9 Carriage Way in Montclair.

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