Hudson Jewish Community Forum


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 lazy crazy days of summer are in full swing. From the sounds of children playing outside or in the pool, to camp activities, to the whines of "I'm bored, I don't have anything to do", this is all a part of summer just as much as barbeques and popsicles. A great way to keep your little ones busy is to take advantage of the PJ Library program and receive free Jewish content books each month, delivered to your home. The program is brought to you in Hudson County by the partnership of HudsonJewish, Temple Beth-El of Jersey City, and United Synagogue of Hoboken, as well as several other generous sponsors. Sign up at so that your child (ages 6 months to 8 years old) can receive FREE books. 

On that same note, there are several exciting summertime activities planned for our youngest constituents. From the new Uptown Shabbat in the Park to the ongoing Downtown Shabbat in the Park, from the "Tot" Potluck Cookout to the Babyccino series to the ongoing Jewish Music Program, there is still plenty to keep your youngsters busy. And if you're just young at heart, try joining Moishe House at one of their many events this month, including Torah on Tap, "Birdman" in the park, a free yoga class, and much more. 

Keep your eyes open for the next PJ Library event, to be held sometime in September. Also, mark your calendars now for the next Hoboken Arts Festival on Sunday, September 27th to make sure to stop by the HudsonJewish booth for a schmooze. 

Wishing you all a Happy Independence Day & a long July 4th weekend!


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



Congratulations are in order for Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer of Temple Israel Community Center/Temple Beth El of North Bergen on his award winning article, published recently in The Jewish Standard. 

The Rabbi has won yet another American Jewish Press Association award, this time the AJPA's Rambam Award for Excellence in Writing About Health Care. The rabbi's second place win was part of a cover story package in the Jewish Standard, titled "Can You Spare a Kidney?" The package included articles by Joanne Palmer, Abigail Klein Leichman, and Larry Yudelson, all of whom also received second place awards. 

The Rabbi's entry in the cover story was "A case of conflicting commandments: Saving a life is paramount in Judaism, but at what price?" In its comment in making the award, the AJPA judges focused especially on the Rabbi's entry, saying, "This piece is wonderfully executed and contains an important discussion of Jewish law on organ donation." 

For those wishing to view the cover story package, including the Rabbi's article, it may be accessed at . For more information regarding TICC/TBE of NB, see  .


Gomez Mill House The Gomez Mill House opens it's 2015 season, as the oldest Jewish dwelling in North America. In 1714, Early American Jewish leader, Luis Moses Gomez, purchased 1,000 acres in Newburgh New York and subsequently accumulated a total of 3,500 acres. He built a fieldstone blockhouse to conduct trade and maintain provisions in the Mid-Hudson region as an extension of his successful enterprises in Colonial New York. From these roots and through 300 years of American History, Gomez Mill House evolved as a home to American Revolutionary patriot and Orange County civic leader, Wolfert Acker; 19th century gentleman farmer and conservationist, William Henry Armstrong; Arts & Crafts artisan and paper historian David Hunter; and 20th century social activist Martha Gruening. 

The mission of the Foundation is to preserve this unique historic house as a significant regional and national rank museum - the oldest extant Jewish dwelling in North America, continuously lived in for nearly three centuries - and to educate the public through experiential tours and programs about the contributions of former Mill House owners to the multicultural history of the Hudson River Valley. They are now booking tours through November 8th. Guided tours are available at 10:30am, 1:15pm & 2:45pm, and the Mill House is closed to the public on Mondays & Tuesdays and on 9/13-9/14 & 9/23/15. Plan to attend their 2015 series of engaging and informative programs on Sundays at 1pm, which include special programs for Independence Day Weekend (July 5), Journalist & Author Andree Aelion Brooks (July 12), Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations Taste of History (October 11), and Demonstration: William Noonan & Friend - artists will be actively painting from 9am-12pm (October 18).


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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  • For the latest information on happenings in the Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, North Bergen, and neighboring Jewish communities, consult the HudsonJewish Newsletter Archive
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  • Take a look at our photo section, for pictures from events, including the Hoboken Street Fair , and the Wine Tasting in Jersey City.


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Upcoming Events

Sun, Jun 14th, @12:00pm
USH Annual Picnic
Tue, Jun 16th, @9:30am
Twos on Tuesdays (Summer Session)
Fri, Jun 19th, @9:30am
Tot Shabbat Summer Session
Fri, Jun 19th, @6:00pm
Shabbat in the Park
Tue, Jun 23rd, @9:30am
Twos on Tuesday (Summer Session)
Fri, Jun 26th, @9:30am
Tot Shabbat Summer Session
Fri, Jul 10th, @6:00pm
Shabbat in the Park

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