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:   

Well, we've finally entered the land of the cold and the frigid - it's January 2017! Another year, another set of memories, and lots of changes. In our community we have seen many new residents moving in to Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne. We have seen some Rabbis depart, and new ones welcomed. Events have been held, new friends have been made, and old friendships rekindled. All in all, 2016 has been an exciting and fulfilling one. 

With the start of a new year, there are many events and programs planned by our local institutions. Consider joining a synagogue for 2017 - whether Reform, Conservative, Egalitarian, Traditional, or Orthodox - Hudson County has it all. If you're not ready to join just yet, head out to a few of the varied events and programs being held all month long, such as; Torah on Tap with Rabbi Katz & Moishe House (Jan 5), Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service at TBE (Jan 13), Family Shabbat Service with Tot Shabbat at CBJ (Jan 14), Brunch/Speaker at USH (Jan 22), Winter Pot Luck Luncheon at TBA (Jan 28), or Super Sunday with JFNNJ (Jan 29). 

Wishing all of our HudsonJewish Friends a Happy, Healthy, and Harmonious New Year!


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



Bayonne Jewish Learning Project Something very interesting happens every Sunday morning in Bayonne, the walkable suburban town just south of its more urbanized Hudson County neighbors, Jersey City and Hoboken: a baker's dozen of Jewish children, ages 4-12, meet at Temple Emanu-el (735 Kennedy Boulevard) to learn about a wide variety of topics, from robotics to cooking to martial arts. In a communal partnership that could become a model for other Jewish populations, Rabbi Abe Unger, of Bayonne's Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Ohav Zedek (912 Avenue C), and Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen, of the Conservative synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, believe that they are developing a model for Jewish youth engagement and community-building that succeeds through cooperation at every level-among community leaders, among parents, and among the students themselves. 

The Jewish Learning Project (JLP), as Bayonne's innovative program is known, brings together Jewish elementary and middle school students on Sundays, 10am-12pm, where they devote the morning to exploring varied and stimulating subjects-all in a Jewish context. Classes are divided by interest, not age. As Rabbi Unger, the principal of the JLP explains, "Classes are grouped based on a combination of traditional Jewish chavruta-style learning [pairing students up], alongside Montessori-style learning." In addition to providing interesting projects and activities, Rabbi Unger and Rabbi Benzaquen both point to JLP's real function in the community: as an outlet for Jewish children to socialize with each other. "We engage students with activities that they enjoy, and we do it in a Jewish environment. At present, the participants can select from Robotics, Music, Fine Arts, Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts), and Cooking. Hebrew language is woven into each elective," Rabbi Unger notes. 

Rabbi Unger, who is also a tenured Associate Professor of Urban Economic Development at Wagner College in Staten Island, and author of a new book on business improvement districts, goes on to emphasize the quality of the programs offered: "Our robotics program uses Lego® Mindstorms®, a well-regarded and expensive hands-on software and hardware product, and cooking classes are presented by professional chefs." Rabbi Unger is also a proponent of "STEAM"-based education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. One of the benefits of JLP's community-wide approach is that students from households with differing degrees of Jewish knowledge and observance gain a meaningful, substantive social outlet to meet other local Jewish students. As Rabbi Unger observes, "the students from less-observant families see that their peers from more-observant families are in almost all ways just like them, with the same extracurricular interests." Rabbi Benzaquen, of Temple Emanu-El agrees: "In addition to collaborating with each other on great extracurricular activities, students at JLP experience what it is to be part of a Jewish community that is at once welcoming, varied, and serious about the idea of Klal Yisrael, the wholeness of the Jewish community." JLP also connects parents with each other, as many of them meet for coffee and cake, provided by Temple Emanu-El, while their children attend the program. 

Rabbi Benzaquen suggests understanding JLP in the context of Bayonne's revival as an attractive place for Jewish families to set down roots: "As economic and real estate development drive the revival of Bayonne, we see that what happened in Hoboken and Jersey City is now happening here too." 

The Jewish Learning Project is partially subsidized by a grant from the UJA Federation of Bayonne. For further information, contact Temple Emanu-el (201) 436-4499.


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.

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Upcoming Events

Mon, Jan 23rd, @12:00pm
Lunch and learn: Study, schmooze and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Fri, Jan 27th, @7:00pm
USH welcomes Professor Nancy Sinkoff
Fri, Jan 27th, @7:00pm
Kabbalat Shabbat and special dinner.
Thu, Feb 2nd, @7:30pm
Explore Judaism
Fri, Feb 3rd, @6:30pm
Potluck Shabbat
Sat, Feb 4th, @10:15am
Shabbat Family Service
Sat, Feb 4th, @6:30pm
Movie Night! Hollywood at Bnai Jacob
Mon, Feb 6th, @12:00pm
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Katz

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