Hudson Jewish Community Forum

From Canada to...Jersey City! Print E-mail
Written by Neil Davis   

neil_davis.jpgIt’s been nearly five years since I first arrived in Jersey City, and it’s incredible to see how things are developing!  When I first arrived here, there were a few surviving synagogues, but very little enthusiasm or optimism for the future of Jewish life in the area.  Now, in 2008, and thanks largely to the efforts of HudsonJewish, Jewish life in Jersey City and the surrounding area is alive, well, and thriving!

 
If Not Now, When? Print E-mail
Written by Dara Kurlander   
dara20kurlander.jpgI remember that momentous day of unexpected self-reflection vividly.  I was a seventeen-year-old driving home in the car referred to as the “Blue Bomb” from an NCSY (National Council of Synagogue Youth) event at a shul in Manalapan in  central New Jersey.  Although I was a public school student, my adolescence consisted mostly of Jewish activities like Shabbatonim, daily learning with a chavrusah by phone, attending an Orthodox sleep-away camp, and visiting with residents at a local Jewish nursing home.  I took great pride in thinking of my self as an Orthodox Jew, a choice that I had made as a ten-year-old child.  (My family belongs to the Conservative Movement; my parents provided a Hebrew School education and a fundamentally solid Conservative Jewish background).
 
Sara and Asaf Print E-mail
Written by Asaf Maman, Esq.   

sarahandasaf.pngMy name is Asaf, and I am from Haifa, Israel.  My wife Sarah and I have been living in Jersey City for over a year. We moved to Jersey City from Israel after living in Manhattan and Brooklyn because of the reasonably priced apartments, a short PATH ride away from the City.  We chose to stay because of the diverse population and the constant development.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor... Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Stern   

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Stephanie Stern and her daughter, Miranda

I grew up in a mostly non-practicing Jewish family. We were not kosher and I loved lobster, pork bacon and cheeseburgers. Not being fundamental from the beginning, I found my way back to Judaism after a long wonderful journey. To be brief, I am kosher now...at least in my home. I’m still working with the rest of the world – balancing one meal at a time.
 
Planting Roots in Jersey City Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Mandelbaum Lemmon and Alan Lemmon   
Members of Congregation B'nai Jacob- Jersey City

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Jessia and Alan

Alan and I moved to Society Hill in Jersey City in November of 2005. We really didn't know any Jewish people and weren't familiar with any local Synagogues, so we would often drive all the way to my parent's Synagogue in Matawan for Shabbat.

 

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