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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.

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Dear Friends:   

Welcome to the May edition of the HudsonJewish newsletter. Spring has finally sprung, flowers have bloomed, and it's time to enjoy lots of outdoor activities. Let's start with the Israeli Flag Raising in Jersey City this coming Wednesday, May 3rd at 2pm. Join JFNNJ, Mayor Steve Fulop, and Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of USH, as we raise the Israeli flag in solidarity at City Hall in Jersey City. 

For Millennials, head to the monthly Millennial Shabbat at CBJ (May 5) and/or the Weekend in DC with Mesorah NJ (May 5-7). You will not want to miss the Service & Kiddush in honor of Rabbi Robert Scheinberg's 20 Year Anniversary at USH (May 6), One Book One Community Program with JFNNJ (May 10), and the laugh-a-minute All Points Borscht 8 - The Ocho at Temple Beth-El (May 13). Cap it all off with Sunday Brunch & Musical Celebration at Temple Beth Am with the Jewbadors (May 21), and Shavuot Eve Torah Study at USH (May 30). 

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

Finally, don't forget to join in the celebration of Israel's Independence Day tomorrow, May 2nd!


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



Temple Beth-El of Jersey City is delighted to announce that the 8th Annual Evening of Comedy, All Points Borscht 8 - The Ocho, will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 8pm. Guests will enjoy lots of laughs from local comedians, door prizes, wine/beer and lite bites. This year's amazing lineup includes Johnny Lampert, every comedian's comedian, along with America's Got Talent's Gary Vider, with a special feature from magician and mentalist Carliostro! 

ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY - How Did Israel Become a Water-Rich Country in the Middle of the Desert? E-mail

Find out at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey's One Book, One Community culminating celebration: 7 pm on Wednesday, May 10 at The Frisch School, 120 West Century Road, Paramus. 

At this open community event, Seth M. Siegel (author of Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World) will speak about how Israel can serve as a model on water conservation for the United States and countries everywhere. With 60 percent of its country made of desert, Israel not only has solved its water problem it also has an abundance of water which it supplies to neighboring countries. Seth's talk will be followed by a Q&A session (where audience members can ask Seth their questions) and a delicious dessert and coffee reception. This event is open to all; tickets are $18. Join the fun! (R.S.V.P. at ). 

One Community is a year-long program that brings the northern New Jersey Jewish community together. Participating synagogues, JCCs, agencies, and other community groups offer a wide array of programs and events centered on the selected title and its themes. These events range from family-oriented activities, to film screenings, walking tours, museum visits, cooking demonstrations, lectures, book discussions, special Shabbats, and more. This is the sixth year that Federation has offered One Book, One Community - and each year has featured intriguing programs on a variety of themes. 

To learn more about One Book, One Community, contact Elisa J. Hirsch:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  / 201-820-3918. 

One Book, One Community is a gift to the community from Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. This year's event is co-sponsored by Jewish National Fund. 


Finding a Jewish roommate at college can be a challenge, given that Jews make up only about 2 percent of the American population. A new free app hopes to make the matching process easier. Joomie (yep), launched recently at the BBYO International Convention in Dallas, asks incoming first-year students questions about their Jewish identity and personal habits with the aim of creating harmonious Jewish dorm mates.  

"Questions range from their Jewish youth group affiliations and whether they're Sabbath observant and keep kosher, to what kind of music they like, types of campus activity interests they have, and whether they're early birds or night owls, and messy or neat freaks," according to a news release. Matt Grossman, BBYO's CEO, said: "We believe that usage of Joomie will help facilitate the transition to college for many students, and ultimately promote a greater engagement in Jewish life in campuses across North America." Engaging young people in Jewish life is the life blood of the pluralistic teen group, whose annual meeting is one of the biggest Jewish gatherings in the country, period. 

Nearly 5,000 teenagers, presenters, activists and staff attended this year's BBYO conference. Speakers at the star-studded affair included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "Shark Tank" star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the eminent Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro. Cuban said he "loved" his time in BBYO as a teen. But there's no word yet on whether the shark would invest in Joomie.  

Article by Gabe Friedman. Reprinted from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


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