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Hudson County’s Jewish community enjoys a growth spurt Print E-mail
Written by webmacher   

Click the "read more" button or  here for an informative article from the New Jersey Jewish Standard about the Hudson County Jewish community.
 
Maoz Vegetarian Opens in Hoboken Print E-mail
Written by webmacher   
Maoz Vegetarian invites you to "Veg Out" in Hoboken, NJ

It's time to "Veg Out" in Hoboken! Maoz Vegetarian announces about opening of its 13th store in the US.   This is the second New Jersey location for this quick-service international vegetarian restaurant chain and is sure to be a hit. Owners Ray Merelas and Stanley Picheny invite customers to come "Veg Out" and experience the great and affordable taste of Maoz cuisine. 

 
Press Release- Jersey Tribe Print E-mail
Written by Sara Levenstein   
Bayonne, NJ - On March 21, 2010, ten members from Jersey Tribe joined with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest to deliver Passover food packages to nearly 60 homebound elderly people in Hudson County. The food packages were donated from ShopRite and Crystal Plaza of Livingston, and filled with matzoh, a chicken dinner, horseradish, soup, and macaroons. After dividing into carpools, the volunteers delivered the packages and spent some time chatting with the elderly.
 
Jersey Tribe and Moishe House Print E-mail
Written by Sara Levenstein   
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Hoboken, NJ - February 8, 2010 - A group of 25 young adults gathered Friday evening, February 5, in Hoboken at Moishe House, an organization which provides programs for Jewish young adults. The residents of each Moishe House are a group of twentysomethings from Jewish backgrounds ranging from liberal to traditional. Each hosts between 50 and 300 young Jews per month, and there are homes across the United States as well as internationally.
 
Hanukkah on the Hudson 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Adam Hunger   
Recap & Photos!
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Our annual "Hanukkah on the Hudson" event took place on Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 and was quite a success!  Over 100 peoplecame to Temple Beth-El in Jersey City for a night of dining, dancing, and celebrating!  Singer-songwriter Eric Komar provided the entertainment accompanied by percussionist "Akiva the Believer."  Refreshments were provided by Jerusalem Restaurant of Livingston, NJ.  To look at pictures from the event, please click here or click on the PHOTO section of the website.

 
Fire Set at Union City Jewish Girls’ School Print E-mail
Written by Adam Weiss   

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Police Chief Everett, Mayor Stack and Rabbi Turner discuss the attack on the Bnos Sanz school.

An arson attack was reported at Union City's Bnos Sanz (“Daughters of Sanz”), the girls’ school associated with the Klausenburg-Sanz Jewish community, on the evening of April 22, 2009 at approximately 9 p.m. The city's Klausenburg-Sanz community consists of approximately 100-200 families and is a branch of the chasidic group centered in Netanya, Israel, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

 
On the Jersey Waterfront, Jews Return, But Jewish Community Still Struggles Print E-mail
Written by Anthony Weiss   

Aside from a few buckets to catch water where the roof leaks, Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J., looks much as it did 40 years ago, when 900 people would show up for High Holy Day services and the Hebrew school was packed with 175 students. But the Hebrew school has been closed for years, and the Conservative synagogue’s aging membership, though still devoted, has dwindled to about 90 families, most of them elderly. temple_beth-el.jpg

“We need new people,” said Jane Canter, one of the synagogue’s founders 50 years ago and currently its co-president. “Our plans right now are probably for at least 10 years in the future, and as we go along we’ll just keep hoping that we’ll be able to continue.” 

At a Crossroads: Younger Jews are once again moving into Jersey City N.J., but older synagogues, such as Temple Beth-El (above), have had mixed success at luring them into communal life.

 
Jersey City public schools serious about Holocaust ed. Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Morrison   
The Jewish State
November 21, 2008

One of the most unique aspects of the New Jersey education system is the required study of the Holocaust in public schools.

The Jersey City public school system takes this requirement a step further. Instead of reading books or leading discussions, Jersey City takes its kids to Poland to see the remnants of the destruction firsthand.

None of the kids in the program is Jewish.

"Hudson County is the most diverse county in New Jersey," said Adam Weiss, chairman on the HudsonJewish board of trustees. "There are well in excess of 50 languages spoken in the public schools here, and it is the smallest county in the state, yet the most diverse and the most dense."

Weiss believes that the program brings Holocaust awareness to a group of kids who would have never met a Jew before. The program, he said, can relate to the home countries of some, where there may be genocide still going on.

"The children grow up with only limited contact with Jews," Weiss said. "A very good percentage of the children are second-generation immigrants. They certainly would have not met any Jews in their own countries. It's programs like this that help bring the Jewish experience to their attention."

The program was brought to the Jersey City school system by June Chang, language and arts supervisor of the Jersey City school system. In the program, students apply and 11 are allowed in. They raise the money to visit Europe for a first-hand look at the disasters they learn about back home. The program includes visits to Berlin, Prague, and Krakow in order to trace the Jewish life and history in each of the towns and where it stands today

 
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