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NJ lawmakers speak at rally for Israel

News12 NJ (7/21/14)

WHIPPANY - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Leonard Lance were among those who spoke Monday morning at a rally supporting Israel amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip. >>more
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Pro-Israel N.J. rally promises solidarity as Menendez pledges support

Star Ledger (7/21/14)
It looked like a campaign rally, with parents taking a day off from work, bringing their kids, and waving flags.
Yet the mood this morning at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest in Whippany was more intense, with the crowd of more than 600 roaring its approval as politicians and clergy talked about the need to support Israel. >>more

Hundreds gather together during the Israel Solidarity Rally at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany.

Pro-Israel rally draws Congressmen, crowds, in Whippany


Daily Record (7/22/14)

HANOVER – A crowd of more than 800 filled the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest on Monday to show support for Israel and its right to defend itself. The on-going conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip has drawn outrage in the community, leading to several impassioned speeches that invigorated the already fervent crowd of students, retirees, veterans, congressmen and other elected officials. >>more

Members of the Diller Teen Fellows, including, from left, Micaela Kaplan of Summit, Steven Waxman of Livingston, and Daniel Gerstein of Maplewood, attended the July 21 rally in support of Israel.

Gaza conflict grounds teen trip to Israel

New Jersey Jewish News (7/23/14)

Twenty local teens who had planned to spend three weeks in Israel on a national leadership training program this summer have been grounded by the security situation. The Diller Teen Fellows were originally scheduled to depart July 17. >>more
Hundreds gather at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany for an Israel Solidarity Rally.

North Jersey rally supports Israel's fight in Gaza against rocket attacks


The Record (7/22/14)

WHIPPANY -- As the deadliest day of fighting throughout the Gaza Strip was reported Monday, thousands of miles away in North Jersey members of the Jewish community and their supporters rallied in solidarity for Israel and its right to defend itself against rocket assaults from the militant Islamist group Hamas. >>more
Over 700 people crowded into the Whippany headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ for a pro-Israel rally.

Rally sends pro-Israel message from NJ

New Jersey Jewish News (7/21/14)

Over 700 people packed the Whippany headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ on July 21 in support of Israel, as the country’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza entered its third week. >>more
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Members of JFNA’s Campaign Chairs’ and Directors’ Mission visit a bomb shelter at a Jewish Agency for Israel absorption center for new immigrants in Be’er Sheva.

As sirens sound, NJ visitors share resilient Israel’s anxiety

New Jersey Jewish News (7/14/14)

Visiting Israel on a national Jewish federations mission, Maxine Murnick said she was disappointed when her group was discouraged from visiting Ofakim, in Israel’s beleaguered South.
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Former Jerseyan Emily Shapiro-Katz of Be’er Sheva has 60 seconds to take her four children into a reinforced room when the sirens sound; “It sucks living under rockets,” she said.

NJ immigrants adjust to daily ‘crapshoot’

New Jersey Jewish News (7/16/14)

JERUSALEM — Every time a siren goes off in Be’er Sheva, Emily Shapiro-Katz has 60 seconds to take her four children, ages one to nine, into a reinforced room off her kitchen. They stay there for 10 minutes until it is clear that rockets and shrapnel have not hit her home.
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Abbas shows no leadership during crisis

MyCentralJersey.com (7/13/14)

As rockets rain down on Israeli citizens, President Abbas accuses Israel of committing genocide. Really? The Jewish community knows about genocide. We have been victims — six million people exterminated. That is genocide. We have worked for the past 60 years to end genocide wherever it occurs, such as in Darfur. Sorry Mr. Abbas, stopping a terrorist organization from shooting rockets into Israel is not genocide. >> more

Youth grants promote Jewish generosity

New Jersey Jewish News (7/9/14)

A local program that trains high school students in the collaborative process of effective philanthropy put out a call encouraging alumni to brainstorm ideas for doing good in the Jewish world.
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Daniel Kurtzer, right, a Princeton University professor and former ambassador to Egypt and Israel, discusses the murders of three Israeli teenagers, with Mark Levenson, chair of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations and a partner at Sills Cummis

Israel murders prompt local security briefing

New Jersey Jewish News (7/9/14)

The murder of three Israeli teenagers turned a regular meeting of the Homeland Security Committee of the State Association of Jewish Federations into a plea by a security expert for greater vigilance at Jewish institutions.
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State budget beefs up Holocaust assistance

New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)

Jewish community leaders were pleased with a New Jersey state budget that included long-sought-for appropriation increases. Chief among them was a doubling of assistance for Holocaust survivors, from $200,000 to $400,000.
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In 2008 Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, left, then chair of the MetroWest federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee, joined Gary Aidekman, past UJA campaign chair, in presenting a plaque to Beverly Nadler of Summit, in recognition of her and her late husband’s

New federation leader learns from the past

New Jersey Jewish News (7/2/14)

As Leslie Dannin Rosenthal prepared to take office July 1 as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, she attributed her keen dedication to Jewish causes to her upbringing more than 200 miles from her South Orange home.
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CRC welcomes failure of bid to criticize Israel

New Jersey Jewish News (6/18/14)

The Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ is hailing defeat by the Modern Language Association of a resolution that would have criticized Israel.
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Union County Congregations receive grants to enhance services for people with disabilities


nj.com (6/17/14)

Three Union County congregations have been awarded MetroWest ABLE Synagogue Challenge Grants that will be used for building enhancements, programs, and/or enhanced services for people with disabilities and their families, allowing them greater accessibility to the synagogue community.
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Bat mitzva Sapir Malik, center, with Rabbi Ari Rosenberg and Cantor Amy Daniels at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield.

Israeli emissary becomes a bat mitzva

New Jersey Jewish News (6/18/14)

Sapir Malik, 18, one of five Rishonim — young Israeli emissaries posted to local New Jersey communities — celebrated becoming a bat mitzva on June 6 at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield. >>more
Rabbi Ari Rosenberg, Sapir Malik, Cantor Amy Daniels

Israeli Youth Leader celebrates Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield


nj.com (6/12/14)

Sapir Malik, an 18-year-old youth leader from Israel, became a bat mitzvah during Shabbat services at Temple Sha'arey Shalom of Springfield on Friday, June 6. It was an inspiring and heartfelt celebration as Sapir was called to the Torah. The special service was followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, dancing, singing, and music by Tuvia Zimbar. >>more
Dov Ben-Shimon

Greater MetroWest names its new exec

New Jersey Jewish News (6/11/14)

Dov Ben-Shimon has been named the next executive vice president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the eighth largest Jewish federation in the country. >>more
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‘We don’t draw borders around caring’

New Jersey Jewish News (6/11/14)

As a resident of Fanwood and as the next top professional of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, succeeding 19-year veteran Max Kleinman, Dov Ben-Shimon says he understands the successes he’ll inherit and the challenges that are ahead. >>more

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ names Fanwood resident as next executive vice president/CEO

nj.com (6/10/14)

Dov Ben-Shimon of Fanwood has been named the next executive vice president/CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the eighth largest Jewish federation in the country. In the fall he will succeed Max L. Kleinman, who is retiring after 19 years at the helm of the organization. >>more

Synagogues/Organizations Selected to Participate in Create a Jewish Legacy Program

thealternativepress.com (6/10/14)

Fifteen synagogues/organizations have been selected to participate in the inaugural class of Create a Jewish Legacy, an innovative new program to help the Jewish community secure resources to remain vibrant for generations to come. Each of the selected partners has created a Legacy Team comprised of at least four volunteers and one staff member. >>more

JDC’s Dov Ben-Shimon tapped as CEO of New Jersey’s MetroWest federation

JTA (6/9/14)

(JTA) — Dov Ben-Shimon, an executive with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was named the executive vice president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Ben-Shimon, a native of England who was a medic in the Israeli military, will assume the post in the fall, the MetroWest federation announced Monday. He will succeed Max Kleinman, who is retiring after 19 years in the position. >>more

Reuben Rotman, executive director of the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, said, “There are about 1.5 million adults aged 55 and older who are eligible for supplemental nutrition. That number is staggering.”

Grant helps educate seniors about food aid

New Jersey Jewish News (5/28/14)

The Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is pressing for senior citizens in its catchment area to sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal food stamp program.
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told many of the state’s Jewish leaders May 28 he was “really, really worried about where we are going to be as a country at that point.”

Booker skeptical about current Iran talks

New Jersey Jewish News (6/3/14)

Predicting that the American people “are all going to be facing a very difficult month in July, when the president comes back from the Iran negotiation,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told many of the state’s Jewish leaders May 28 he was “really, really worried about where we are going to be as a country at that point.” >>more
In Jerusalem Cecille Asekoff, center, confers with certified Israeli spiritual care providers Einat Ramon, left, and Hila Zemer.

Chaplaincy program bears fruit in Israel

New Jersey Jewish News (5/28/14)

Ten years after she began organizing chaplaincy programs in Israel, Cecille Asekoff is seeing her dream come true. >>more
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Candidates field queries on Israel, debt, Medicaid

New Jersey Jewish News (5/28/14)

On June 3, Democratic primary voters in New Jersey’s congressional District 12 will be asked to choose from among four candidates hoping to succeed Democrat Rep. Rush Holt, who was first elected in 1998 and will retire at the end of his term.
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