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Dear Friends:   

I hope that this month's HudsonJewish newsletter finds you well, and having enjoyed a memorable Thanksgiving holiday. It was a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends, eat delicious traditional dishes, and refresh before the upcoming holiday season. Chanukah comes early this year, starting at sunset on December 12th and runs through the evening of December 20th. 

The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication", and is named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. It is a time to celebrate with nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and foods fried in oil - including potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Many will play dreidel, Chanukah gelt (money) will be given out to children, and some will exchange gifts. 

Our local organizations will hold many wonderful Chanukah events including; The City Mouse and the Country Mouse - A Chanukah Play (Dec. 2), Light Up the Night with JNFuture (Dec. 9), Annual Chanukah Soiree with Chabad Young Professionals of Hoboken & Jersey City (Dec. 12), Chanukah Supper at Temple Beth Am (Dec. 13), Chanukah Casino 2.0 with Mesorah NJ (Dec. 14), CBJ Hanukah Shabbat (Dec. 15), Hoboken Hanukkah Bar Crawl with Moishe House (Dec. 16), Museum & Hanukah Celebration with Temple Emanu-El (Dec. 17), Jersey City Community Chanukah Party with JC@JC (Dec. 17), Chanukah Latke Fest! At CBJ (Dec. 17), and Hanukkah Dinner with Glenn Cohen at USH (Dec. 17). 

Wishing all of you a Chanukah filled with light, laughter, and latkes! !

Warmly, 

Michelle Levine, Chairperson 
Hudson Jewish Community Forum, A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation having 501(c)(3) status
"HudsonJewish: Connecting Our Community" 

 

 
THE TRIAL OF ETHEL ROSENBERG AT TBE E-mail

Temple Beth-El of Jersey City is presenting The Reenactment of the Trial of Ethel Rosenberg, a thought provoking interactive event created by Justice for All: Courts and the Community, a civic education initiative of the Federal Courts of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The reenactment examines questions such as: How does our system of justice bend under the weight of national crisis? Were the Rosenbergs Soviet spies? What was Ethel's role - if any? Did Ethel Rosenberg deserve the death penalty? And did Ethel's Jewish identity affect the trial and its outcome?

The date of this event is Saturday December 16th, at Temple Beth-El, located at 2419 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. This is a free event with a request for a $5 donation. All are welcome and feel free to bring children (although the event is geared towards 12 and up). TBE is also seeking actors to play various roles (no experience necessary and no lines to memorize). For more information on The Trial of Ethel Rosenberg event, please contact Karen Seemen Pinn at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE - BRINGING JEWS AND ARABS TOGETHER E-mail

Recently an incredibly innovative program was facilitated by Lynne McTaggart, journalist, lecturer, author and publisher. The Middle Eastern Peace Intention Experiment ran on November 9, 2017, and it was truly a historic event. It encompassed nine screens displaying people from all over the Middle East - Arabs and Israelis - for the first time. By some amazing fortuitous synchronicity, this experiment was held during the time that Dr. Salah Al-Rashed was running a Middle Eastern summit from his studios in southern England. There he has created a studio with the extraordinary capacity to beam out a teacher or facilitator to eight different screens. He had audiences in hotel rooms in eight countries - including several cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait City, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain Tunisia - plus an audience of Jews in Israel. All this was beamed to all other participants from all over the world, watching on Lynne McTaggart's YouTube channel. 

All of the participants came together to send intention to the Old City of Jerusalem, which has four sections - Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenia. It's a symbolic gesture of peace because it is a place that truly belongs to the entire world. The program's leaders chose Damascus Gate because it has suffered increased violence after new security measures were put in place. Many of the participants cried during the event, but the most amazing part of all was what happened afterward. Through the ingenuity of Dr. Al-Rashed's technical team, each group from the different countries was able to speak to the facilitator and to the people in the other eight windows. This was more than a historic first, as many Arabs and Israelis had never seen images of each other before, let alone had an opportunity to communicate. Their only knowledge of 'the other' was what the politicians and the press have fed them. 

Arabs from Saudi Arabia sent love to the Jews in the audience in Jerusalem. An Israeli woman there sent love back and said it was high time the women from all countries got together. 'Your God is my God,' said an Arab from Abu Dhabi. People on both sides were crying and laughing as they recognized the common humanity in each other. 

This program proved one simple truism. To solve a seemingly intractable political situation, you don't need politicians. You don't need violence or guns. All you need is people coming together as a group and praying as one. 

For more information about this program and Lynne McTaggart's work, go to www.lynnemctaggart.com .

 
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Upcoming Events

Tue, Dec 12th, @7:00pm
Hebrew for Adults at B'nai Jacob
Fri, Dec 15th, @7:00pm
Congregation B'nai Jacob Hanukah Shabbat
Sun, Dec 17th, @2:00pm
Museum and Hannukah celebration
Sun, Dec 17th, @4:00pm
Congregation B'nai Jacob Annual Latke Fest!
Sun, Dec 17th, @7:00pm
Hanukkah dinner with Glenn Cohen
Mon, Dec 18th, @12:00pm
Lunch and Learn at B'nai Jacob
Tue, Dec 19th, @7:00pm
Hebrew for Adults at B'nai Jacob
Tue, Dec 26th, @7:00pm
Hebrew for Adults at B'nai Jacob

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