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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.

 
Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

The next couple of months are quiet and hopefully relaxing for all of us, with school out and warm weather and down time in. Many of our Hudson Jewish Community members will be on vacation, either at home or traveling, and we wish them all a happy and safe summer season. 

There are still a few events ongoing at some of our local synagogues and organizations. Now that things are moving at a slightly slower pace, it's a great time to check out some of the offerings or visit your local synagogue (or any other one in the County) for a Friday or Saturday service. I personally find that attending services on Friday night is a wonderful way to unwind from a busy week, and rejuvenate for the week ahead.

May your summer season be filled with laughter, laziness, and lots of time with family and friends. Be sure to read the HJ newsletters which will continue through the summer months, and on into the High Holidays season upcoming in September. 

Enjoy! 

Warmly, 

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

 

 
THE END OF AN ERA - RABBI MARSHA DUBROW BIDS L'HITRAOT TO CBJ E-mail

I had the pleasure this past weekend of attending a "Farewell Friday Night Live! Musical Service" in celebration of Rabbi Marsha Dubrow's 11 years of service to Cong. B'nai Jacob and the Hudson County Jewish Community. It was a wonderful evening, beginning with a musical Shabbat service filled with warm traditional melodies, prayers, and several original compositions by Rabbi Dubrow. This was followed by a special Oneg Shabbat that was thoroughly enjoyed. 

Rabbi Dubrow spoke, as did Rabbi Debby Hachen of Temple Beth-El of J. City and Jane Canter, President of CBJ. Rabbi Dubrow spoke of how so much has changed both within the CBJ congregation, in the Hudson Jewish Community, but also the world at large. She mentioned the recent tragedy in Orlando, the Syrian Refuge Crisis, and other world changing events. How she had started her tenure in 2005, 11 years ago and how many things were different now. She talked about how we are living in an age of narcissism and we might wonder "where does Judaism fit in?" People no longer feel the need to be members of a synagogue or pay dues. She reassured us that we can choose to live lives of Judaism and civility, and urged us to build our Jewish future no matter what form it takes. She counseled that no one can disrupt our will to learn, do good deeds, and build our community. Then she spoke briefly of her future plans; to take some time with her husband David Rosenberg to relax and recharge, as well as her new website "JudaismWithoutWalls" which is currently under constructions. Between the musical program which she led and her talk, it was a stirring evening. 

Jane Canter spoke of how wonderful the 11 year partnership with Rabbi Dubrow had been, learning new melodies some written by Rabbi Dubrow. Her excellent programs and community events were highlighted. She wished the Rabbi best wishes on her journey, and announced that a ring of trees had been planted in Israel in the Rabbi's honor. Finally, Rabbi Hachen spoke, bringing wishes from Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of USH and Kay Magilavy, President of TBE. She highlighted the Yom Hashoa program run jointly by Rabbi Dubrow along with the Rabbis and leadership of TBE and USH, Rabbi Dubrow's musical programs, teachings, and her dedication to the Jewish community at large. CBJ has conferred Emerita status on Rabbi Dubrow in recognition of her many contributions. 

I was pleased to see many familiar faces, members of CBJ, as well as leadership and members of Temple Beth-El of J. City and Temple Emanu-El of Bayonne. Everyone came together to give a proper farewell to Rabbi Dubrow and celebrate her time with us. While it seems just a short time ago that Rabbi Dubrow came to CBJ and Hudson County, first as Cantor and Spiritual Leader, then as Rabbi and Cantor of B'nai Jacob, it has in fact been over a decade. We have enjoyed her various programs, including; Lox 'n Learning, Holocaust Observance, and Friday Night Live!, just to mention a few. Personally, I have enjoyed collaborating with her on many occasions, and she has been a strong supporter of HudsonJewish from the start. 

On behalf of HudsonJewish and the entire Hudson County Jewish Community, let me wish Rabbi Dubrow every success in her future endeavors. May she go M'Chayil L'Chayil from strength to strength, and we look forward to having her be an honorary part of our community for many years to come. !

-Michelle Levine

 
JBN - BUSINESS NETWORKING WITH "THE TRIBE" SEEKS NEW LIASON E-mail

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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