Hudson Jewish Community Forum


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Dear Friends:   

The High Holidays are now just around the corner, and final planning by the Rabbis, Cantors, Boards, and members is now in full swing. Most of our local synagogues do offer free or low-cost tickets for singles, couples, families, and children, so be sure to check the Directory of synagogues at and contact the synagogue of your choice now to reserve your tickets. For those new to the community, see the article below on JFNNJ's EZ Key Free High Holiday ticket program ( 

We are also pleased to welcome several new Rabbis to the Hudson County Jewish Community, including Rabbi Adam Dubin at Cong. Mt. Sinai (see article below), Rabbi Cathy Felix at Temple Beth Am (look for an article about her in next month's newsletter), and Rabbi Aaron Katz at Cong. B'nai Jacob (see article below). I have had the pleasure of speaking and/or meeting with them, and they all project an overwhelming enthusiasm and exuberance about their new roles in our community. Please visit their respective synagogues (as well as all of our other synagogue partners), and introduce yourself. There is a place for everyone in Hudson County, where each of us can feel comfortable in exploring and fulfilling our spiritual needs. 

Finally, don't forget to stop by the HudsonJewish booth at the upcoming Fall Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11am-6pm. We are usually located on Washington Street between 1st & 2nd Streets right next to the USH booth, and look forward to seeing you there. 

Wishing you and your families a Happy & Healthy New Year!


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



In the midst of preparing for the High Holidays, Cong. B'nai Jacob of Jersey City recently suffered a great material loss and with it, a piece of their heritage. A burglar broke into the synagogue building and stole two of the Torahs, a collection of silver and several personal items. While the incident is unfortunate, we are grateful that no one was injured and the building has been secured. 

When met with tragedy in life, we have a choice as to how to react. We can lose hope and fail to rebound. Or we can use the challenge to find our inner strength, as exemplified by the legacy of the Jewish people. In the face of adversity, our brothers and sisters have shown us that it is possible to not only survive but to thrive and pass that spirit onto the next generation. 

B'nai Jacob is more determined than ever to rebuild and be a light to others suffering from persecution and senseless hatred. They have their sights set on a brighter future with all the love and support of the community.  

UPDATE: The two Torahs, worth $30,000, were returned to the synagogue recently. However, some $50,000 in silver religious articles have not been recovered. An arrest has been made in the theft. 

If you would like to contribute to CBJ's Rebuilding Campaign, you may do so at their website: We appreciate your prayers and generosity. 

For more information see the Jersey Journal article by Terrence T. McDonald.


Cong. Mt. Sinai has hired a new rabbi, Rabbi Adam Dubin. He, his wife Shoshana, and their two young children (ages 4 and 1.5) will be moving to Jersey City in late August/early September. 

Rabbi Dubin is a young, dynamic leader who also works at the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), an outreach organization for unaffiliated Jews in NYC. He was hired after a lengthy search in which numerous candidates were interviewed. 

CMS is excited to welcome Rabbi Dubin and his family to Jersey City, and look forward to many exciting services and upcoming programs. Please join us in welcoming the Rabbi and his family on Friday, September 9th at 7pm for Friday Night Services at 7pm, followed by a communal charge. No charge and all are welcome. Please RSVP to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you would like to reach Rabbi Dubin directly, please email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Rabbi Aaron Katz Congregation B'nai Jacob, which describes itself as Jersey City's "contemporary egalitarian synagogue," recently welcomed its new rabbi, Rabbi Aaron Katz. 

A native of Buenos Aires, Rabbi Katz was educated in Argentina, Israel, Europe and the United States, and has served congregations on three continents. An enthusiastic and animated speaker, Rabbi Katz expresses excitement about joining the Jewish community in Jersey City and vicinity; he recently settled in the Port Liberte neighborhood. "I don't believe in segregation," the rabbi says. "I believe in inclusivity and integration." 

To that end, Rabbi Katz lays out his vision for Congregation B'nai Jacob, now in its sixth decade: "Every person should feel comfortable here. We are making this place not just a ritual place, but also a social place, and a community place. Everybody-old, young, students, families-can find their own place. We are the place where everybody knows your name."

A father of 5, and grandfather of 7, Rabbi Katz has traveled a personal journey that might seem unexpected for one who had an observant orthodox upbringing and education, received smicha (ordination) from the State of Israel's two Chief Rabbis, R. Shlomo Goren (Ashkenazi), z"l, and R. Ovadia Yosef (Sephardi), z"l, and served as a dayan (religious court judge) in Sweden. This is because Rabbi Katz now identifies as gay. With him in Jersey City is his spouse, Kevin ("Yoav") Gleason, a television producer from Los Angeles. 

Located at 176 West Side Avenue on Jersey City's West Side, Congregation B'nai Jacob welcomes Jews of all backgrounds and interests. An Open House is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, from 2-5PM. More information is available at, or by calling the rabbi at the synagogue office, 201-435-5725, or by email at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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 2016 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 five 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 September 23rd, so please sign up soon. Rosh Hashanah is from October 2-4 (starting at sundown) and Yom Kippur is October 11-12 (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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Fri, Sep 30th, @12:00am
Our First Lulav & Esrog Sale!
Sat, Oct 1st, @12:00am
Our First Lulav & Esrog Sale!
Sat, Oct 1st, @7:00pm
Havdalah & Selichot Performance
Sun, Oct 2nd, @12:00am
Our First Lulav & Esrog Sale!
Sun, Oct 2nd, @10:30am
Baruch Dayan haEmes
Sun, Oct 2nd, @6:30pm
Congregation B'nai Jacob: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Sun, Oct 2nd, @6:30pm
High Holiday Tickets are Available!
Sun, Oct 2nd, @7:00pm
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