Hudson Jewish Community Forum


Shalom!

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:   

By now, we have made our way through Purim, Pesach, and are well on our way to Shavuot. That signifies the celebration of the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments from G-d. For me, it also brings memories of warm spring weather, special holiday clothes, delicious dairy delicacies such as blintzes & cheese cake, studying all night at the synagogue, and of course the reading of Megilat Rut (the Book of Ruth). This biblical book tells the story of two women; a Jewish woman named Naomi and her non-Jewish daughter-in-law Ruth. Their relationship was so strong that when Ruth's husband died she decided to join the Jewish people by converting to Judaism. By this action, one of the great Jewish leaders, King David - Ruth's great-great-grandson, was born on Shavuot. 

In our varied and diverse Hudson County Jewish community, we can clearly see the great mixture of Jews of all nationalities, traditions, family structures, and ways of honoring and celebrating their Jewish heritage whether by birth or by choice. Our community is one that has a welcoming place for each of us, whether it is Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or somewhere in between. We are all one family, taking pride in our Jewish identities and culture, and I know that you will find your special place in one of our local Jewish synagogues and/or organizations.

Please don't miss out in the next 6 weeks on some very exciting events in our community, including the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of United Synagogue of Hoboken (May 15-May 17), a community-wide PJ Library of Hudson County Family Event at Liberty State Park (June 7), and a special Friday Night Live! with Shabbat Dinner at Cong. B'nai Jacob (June 12). Finally, be sure to join our HudsonJewish Board Members and volunteers (including representatives from Cong. Shaarei Zedek of W. New York, Fredman-Grover Post 76 of the Jewish War Veterans of USA, & PJ Library) at our booth at the Hoboken Arts Festival this Sunday May 3rd between 11am-6pm, to "get your schmooze on" with us.

Warmly, 

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

 

 
UNITED SYNAGOGUE OF HOBOKEN CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL 1915 - 2015 E-mail

Star of Israel Blueprint Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the United Synagogue of Hoboken (USH) building (dedicated May 16, 1915). Join USH for a block party with food and events to celebrate the commemoration of the building's centennial. 

The weekend festivities will begin on Friday, May 15th with a community ceremony and celebration oneg at 6pm (open to the public), then services at 7pm to commemorate the Centennial. It will continue on Sunday May 17th from 1pm-4pm with a block party including food and events, Star of Israel historical museum and guided tours, and at 4pm a feature concert by Israeli singer, Paula Valstein (a former USH teacher). There is no admission charge for the block party; tickets for the Paula Valstein concert are available online at www.hobokensynagogue.org or through the USH office. All events are being held at USH at 115 Park Avenue, Hoboken. 

For further information, contact Erica Seitzman at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or the USH office at 201.659.4000.

 
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! AND COMMUNITY SHABBAT DINNER AT CBJ E-mail

CBJ Friday Night Live Looking for a special Shabbat experience? Like to sing? Want to learn a new Shabbat melody? On Friday evening, June 12th, Congregation B'nai Jacob is hosting a year-end Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner open to the entire community. Rabbi Marsha Dubrow will lead the very popular, spiritual yet rousing, Friday Night Live! service with musical instruments. Included in the music will be some of her Shalshelet award-winning contemporary settings of familiar prayers, as well as many traditional Shabbat tunes. Shalshelet is the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music which holds an international competition biannually ( www.shalshelet.org ). Come listen and join in to welcome the Sabbath as a community. 

Then stay and relax with friends and family over a delicious, multi-course Shabbat Dinner with scrumptious desserts. The evening begins with a 'Nosh and Schmooze' of wine, soft drinks and hors d'oevres. Cost is $18 per person and children are free. Plenty of free parking in B'nai Jacob's off-street parking lot (location is 176 West Side Avenue, J. City). For reservations please contact Jane Canter at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Min Natovitz at (201) 435-0575 by June 8. Save the date and make your reservation now for a wonderful Shabbat experience on June 12th!

 
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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