Hudson Jewish Community Forum


The mission of HudsonJewish is to nurture and support Jewish life in Hudson County, NJ, which has been rediscovered in the early 21st century by a new wave of Jewish arrivals to the area. Learn more about our local community and our innovative efforts to connect its diverse people and groups, by exploring this website. Join our Facebook Group by clicking here . Click here to see a great example of the revitalized Jewish community.

Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

As I prepare this month's HudsonJewish newsletter, I am in the throes of prom, graduation, birthday, and wedding season. My oldest son, Matan, will be graduating from High School this month, and going off to college in September. As those of you who have experienced this already know, this is a bittersweet experience. While I am thrilled that he is starting his journey to adulthood and excited for all of the opportunities ahead of him, I am also feeling sad at the thought of him not being at home with us on a daily basis. This is similar to my feelings about the growth of Hudson County's Jewish community. I have lived here since my oldest son was entering Kindergarten, and over the past 12.5 years have seen Hudson County and our Jewish community change in numerous ways. From new leadership to newly appointed Rabbis, from booming development to developing children's programs, from the recently formed Federation's Regional Council to formative change in several areas of our County, all of these signify both positive growth and change. So while I am excited about these milestones, I am also a little apprehensive about what these changes will mean. I am hopeful that the "small town feel" we enjoy in Hudson County will remain, while new Jewish residents join us bringing with them their own ideas, talents, and contributions. 

A good way to meet new residents and reconnect with old friends is to attend some of the great events and programs happening this month. Shavuot begins on the evening of May 30th and runs through June 1st, with many programs at our County's synagogues. Check out the listings below for Shavuot services and programs. Then head to the First Friday Potluck & Special Leadership Service at TBE honoring Kay Magilavy for her five years as President of TBE (June 2), check out the Ruach Family Shabbat Service at CBJ (June 3), march in the Israel Day Parade with Moishe House (June 4), or take part in the Shavuot Picnic in the Park with JC@JC (June 4). Join USH at a Kumsitz (June 5), "Explore Judaism" with a five part class at USH (begins June 8), bring the kids to Tot Shabbat in the Park with TBE (June 10), discuss Judaism in Spanish at CBJ (weekly, next class June 13), or get your fix of Torah on Tap with Moishe House (June 14). Finally, the end of the month brings Services & Potluck at Temple Beth Am (June 24) and a Shabbat Dinner at CBJ (June 30). Stop in, check it out, and feel welcome! 

Please be sure to stop by the HudsonJewish booth at the Hoboken Arts Festival on Sunday, June 11th, from 11am-6pm. Meet volunteers from HJ as well as the newly formed Hudson County Regional Council (please note the new location for the Festival on Washington between 8th & 14th Streets). 

Wishing you all a Chag Sameach, Happy Shavuot Holiday!


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



The Learning Center offers our young people a vibrant Jewish education that teaches them to participate in Jewish life through Jewish prayer, study, music, art, trips to Jewish sites, and Jewish holiday and Shabbat celebrations. 

We want our families to feel at home here at the Synagogue and to feel that Judaism is an adventure that never ends. Through study of Torah, Jewish prayer, ethics, and Mitzvot, employing a wide variety of learning techniques, we help our students and families create a Judaism that brings joy, meaning and purpose to their lives.  

We offer an after-school and Shabbat Jewish education program for children ages 3 to 18 in session September - May.

Please contact us at 201-659-4000 or email Grace Gurman-Chan, Educational Director or Rhonda Strosberg, Program Assistant at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information. Visit us on facebook at: .


Kosher carnivores of Hoboken/JC, the new Trader Joe's in Hoboken is now carrying kosher ground chuck, brisket, ribeye steak (all triangle-K) and lots of Empire Kosher poultry. Please spread the word! (Thanks to Rabbi Rob Scheinberg of USH for this information).


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  • For the latest information on happenings in the Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, North Bergen, and neighboring Jewish communities, consult the HudsonJewish Newsletter Archive
  • Read the many published articles in The New Jersey Jewish News, The Jewish Standard, The Jewish State, and The Jersey Journal about Jewish life, history and synagogues in Hudson County.


  • Take a look at our photo section, for pictures from events, including the Hoboken Street Fair , and the Wine Tasting in Jersey City.


  • Our listings include contact information for all the local Synagogues, Kosher restaurants, Jewish services, and more!

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Upcoming Events

Mon, Jun 26th, @7:00pm
A Time to Plan - Basics of Estate Planning
Tue, Jun 27th, @7:00pm
Judaism 101
Thu, Jun 29th, @3:45pm
Tot Shabbat at Monroe Center For children 0-3 and a caregiver
Thu, Jun 29th, @7:30pm
Explore Judaism (5 classes)
Fri, Jun 30th, @7:00pm
Shabbat Dinner
Thu, Jul 6th, @7:30pm
Explore Judaism (5 classes)
Thu, Jul 13th, @3:45pm
Tot Shabbat at Monroe Center
Fri, Jul 14th, @6:00pm
Shabbat in the Park (Van Vorst Park) in Jersey City

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