Hudson Jewish Community Forum


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Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

As you read this, we have just celebrated the two Passover Seders with matzah, marror, and the all-important Four Questions. This holiday is for young and old alike, with everyone having a role in making the holiday festive and significant with the retelling of the story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt. I am hopeful that each of you enjoyed the family time, food, and festivities! 

Once we are back to pizza & pasta, bagels & baguettes, muffins & macaroni, it will be time for the semi-annual Hoboken Arts Festival, this Sunday May 1st from 11am-6pm. This twice-yearly event, held on Washington Street, between Observer Highway & 7th Street, is a full day of music, food, special children's activities, crafters, and local businesses, including HudsonJewish. Don't miss stopping by our HJ booth (usually located on Washington between 1st & 2nd Street next to the USH booth), and meet and schmooze with our volunteers! We will have information about the PJ Library program, upcoming community events, and of course lollipops for the kids! 

Finally, make sure to attend some of the upcoming events in our community over the next six weeks, including; May 1st Joint Yom Hashoa Observance at CBJ with USH & Temple Beth-El featuring Special Guest Speaker Frances Malkin, May 7th Feel The Borscht Comedy Night with Comedian Judy Gold at Temple Beth-El, May 15th Installation of Rabbi Marc Disick at Temple Beth Am, May 18th One Book One Community Program with the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, and May 29th Lox 'N Learning with a special film screening on 'The State of the State of Israel' at CBJ (see listings for all programs under this month's Events section below). 

Here's looking ahead to bright sunny weather!


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



Congregation B'nai Jacob has announced a change in religious leadership, to take place on July 1, 2016. Rabbi Marsha Dubrow has been with the congregation, initially as a Cantor beginning in September 2005 and eventually becoming the Rabbi upon her ordination in early summer 2014. During those years Cantor/Rabbi Dubrow has led CBJ in Sabbath services as well as all religious holidays and has also formulated many interesting and informative programs. She introduced music into the services, often including original pieces written during her term with B'nai Jacob. Her columns in the monthly newsletters were most informative and attracted many readers throughout our extended community. During the years of her term she officiated at many family events. Friday night dinners, holiday observances, lunch in the Sukkah and programs throughout the year were guided by her warmth and expertise and enjoyed by the membership. 

The congregation has agreed to confer the status of Emerita upon Rabbi Dubrow, and will sponsor an Oneg Shabbat on Friday evening, June 24, 2016, which will be open to the public, and provide an opportunity for all to express their gratitude. 

Looking towards the future, CBJ has recently hired a full time Rabbi, Aaron Katz, who will begin on July 1, 2016. The congregation looks forward to exciting services and programs and will be announcing more information on their web-site, Facebook page, in Hudson Jewish publications, in flyers and newsletters in the near future. 

HudsonJewish wishes every success to Rabbi Dubrow as she embarks on her next endeavor, and looks forward to maintaining close ties with her!


Find out at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey's One Book, One Community culminating celebration: 7 pm on Wednesday, May 18 at Temple Beth Or in Township of Washington. 

At this open community event, author Lev Golinkin (author of A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka) will speak about his family's escape from the Ukraine when young Lev was nine years old, and his subsequent determination as an adult to retrace his family's long trek and thank the strangers who fought for his freedom. Lev's talk will be followed by a q&a session (where audience members can ask Lev their questions) and a delicious dessert and coffee reception. Federation will also be announcing next year's One Book, One Community book at this event. This event is open to all. Join the fun! (RSVP 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 fifth 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 Nancy Perlman:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  / 201-820-3904. One Book, One Community is a gift to the community from Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.   


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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