Hudson Jewish Community Forum


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Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

August is upon us and that means thinking about back to school, last family summer vacations, and the High Holidays in the not so distant future. 

If you haven't registered your child for Hebrew School and/or Preschool/Elementary School, be sure to check out the many offerings in and around Hudson County, which include; Kaplan Cooperative Preschool, The Learning Center, Bayonne JCC Lauren Wendroff Early Enrichment Program, Kindergarten, and Afterschool Program, Temple Beth-El/Temple Beth Am Religious School, Temple Emanu-El of Bayonne Jewish Learning Project, Chabad Hebrew School, and Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. All will welcome parents & children to make an appointment to stop by and talk about their programs/classes, so that you can find the perfect place for your child. 

Then it's on to the High Holidays, and this year EZ Key will again provide free High Holiday tickets to newcomers to Hudson County (2 years or less) at various local synagogues. Be sure to check out the article below for information on how to request these tickets. There are many synagogues that welcome newcomers/non-members and provide free or low-cost High Holiday tickets. 

Finally, be sure to mark your calendar and join us at the upcoming Hoboken Arts Festival on Sunday, September 27th, where the HudsonJewish booth will host a PJ Library event with activities for children throughout the day. Parents can chat with our volunteers or take in a story or song with their little ones as well. 

Here's hoping that your end of summer is just as restful, relaxing, and fun-filled as the beginning was!


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



It is with great pleasure that we announce the merging of Temple Beth El of North Bergen (TBE) and Temple Israel Community Center (TICC), to be officially known as Cong. Beth Israel of the Palisades, effective July 25, 2015. The "new" synagogue will be led by Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer (201.837.7353), who has been at the helm of TICC and will continue as the Rabbinical leader of Cong. Beth Israel of the Palisades. 

This merger comes after 19 months of lengthy discussions and meetings between the Temples' individual memberships, as well as leadership of both Temples together. While it is certainly a bittersweet moment for both synagogues, it also marks the beginning of a new and meaningful collaboration with a stronger synagogue that is bound to exist for many years to come. The "new" synagogue is an egalitarian Conservative community that is the successor to TICC and TBE. It will serve such Palisade-area communities as North Bergen, West New York, and Guttenberg in Hudson County, and Edgewater, Fairview, Ridgefield, and Cliffside Park in Bergen County. The new synagogue will also include members from Washington Township, Maywood, Teaneck, Cresskill, Tenafly, Englewood, and Fort Lee, and even New York City, and Long Island. 

To celebrate this merger, all are invited to attend the Ceremony of Closure/Ceremony of Continuity on Sunday, August 2. The event will be held in three parts; First, beginning at 1:30pm (to last about 45 minutes) at the Beth El building (300 75th Street, No. Bergen), where we will formally bring TBE's 93-year history to a close and march the Sifrei Torah onto Hudson Avenue under a wedding canopy to an awaiting motorcade which will proceed under police escort to Cliffside Park. "It will be a bittersweet moment for our members" said Craig Bassett, President of TBE & soon to be co-president of Cong. Beth Israel of the Palisades. "We have been in this building since 1923. At one time, we had a membership of over 300 people. Some of our current members grew up here. All kinds of important life-cycle events were marked here, some joyous, some sad. As we like to say, a congregation is a community, not a building, but this building holds a lot of memory for our community". 

Participants will then assemble at Borough Hall, and joyously march the scrolls up Palisade Avenue to the Temple Israel building (207 Edgewater Road, Cliffside Park) where they will be placed into the ark (approximately 2:45pm). "We began our existence in the mid-1920s as Congregation Sons of Israel, but this synagogue has been known as Temple Israel Community Center for nearly 60 years now, and it's the only name our members have known" said Dr. Roselyn Rauch, Ed.D, the TICC president who will be the other co-president of Cong. Beth Israel of the Palisades. "We're not going to toss tradition aside" said Dr. Rauch, "But we are not going to be afraid to try new things. We especially hope the younger families in our area will join us in helping us shape Congregation Beth Israel into a synagogue they - and we - would be proud to belong to". 

The event will be completed by a "Celebration of Continuity" as the two synagogues join together their heritages and traditions, and look toward a brighter future. This celebration (which will end at approximately 6pm) will be filled with joyous music played by the klezmer group, Hester Street Band, and some great food. The Temple's new website will be  .


The High Holidays are just around the corner! Synagogue Leadership Initiative (a project of Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey) wants newcomers who have lived in northern New Jersey for two years or less to know that they may be eligible for free High Holiday tickets at participating local synagogues, through SLI's EZ Key 2015 program. For more information, or to apply for tickets, visit:  or contact Nancy Perlman at 201.820.3904 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  . Not a newcomer, but in search of High Holiday tickets? Visit the website anyway. SLI will do our best to connect you with a synagogue who may be able to accommodate you. (EZ Key is a one-time offer per individual/family. Some restrictions apply). 

For the past four years the EZ Key program has helped hundreds of newcomers who have lived in the area for two years or less, feel welcome by matching them with a participating local synagogue who provides free tickets to them. This offer ends August 28th, so please sign up soon. Rosh Hashanah is from September 13-15 (starting at sundown) and Yom Kippur is September 22-23 (starting at sundown).


The HudsonJewish JBN meetings are currently on hiatus while we seek a new liaison to help head this program, with the support of HudsonJewish. The group meets monthly in the morning in Jersey City, and provides an opportunity for business leaders and professionals to make meaningful contacts with high-impact networking and referrals to help grow your business. Business card exchange and discussion of haves/needs in your business.

If you are interested in helping to lead this group (location is already confirmed), please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  .


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