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:   

Is it ever going to be warm again? Do you feel like a penguin? Are you thinking it would be wise to move to a warmer climate - say in SIBERIA? Well, we are all feeling the frigid cold, freezing winds, and lots of snow during this long and late winter. How can you warm up you ask? Join our community in celebrating the festive holiday of Purim this month, which runs from the evening of March 4th through the evening of March 5th. 

This is the holiday for both children and adults to dress up in creative costumes, eat, drink, have loads of fun, and of course make lots of noise when we hear Haman's name during the reading of the Megillah. Another wonderful custom is the giving of Mishloach Manot (delivering baskets of food/drink to friends & neighbors). So, get yourselves and your children into costumes, & take to the streets to deliver a basket of cheer to a friend or a new member of the community. Then, be sure to head over to one of our community's wonderful synagogues for loads of fun activities, including the re-enactment of Frozen with a Purim twist, Purim Shpiels, Adult Masquerade Party, Mama Doni Concert, Purim Punch and Lunch, and Purim A Paris to name a few. Check out all of the listings in our March Events Section below. 

Finally, just a note to SAVE THE DATE for the Communal Passover Seders that will be coming up next month at several of our Hudson County synagogues. 

Wishing a Fun & Festive Purim to All!


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



Yiddish farm Tucked away on 200 acres in New Hampton, New York, near where New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania meet by High Point, one expects to find an organic farm. One might expect to find an organic farm staffed by volunteers, even Jewish volunteers. But what sets Yiddish Farm apart from other local agricultural operations is its day-to-day use of the historic language of Europe's Ashkenazi Jews: Yiddish. 

In May of last year, I (Adam Weiss) had the good fortune to participate in a two-week instructional program at Yiddish Farm. Along with 7 other students-all except for me in their 20s or 30s-I spent 4 hours each morning doing a variety of farm work, and 4 hours each afternoon learning Yiddish in a classroom in the main farm house. The course was intensive and rapid: we covered an entire semester of college Yiddish in two weeks. Meals, recreational time, and group activities gave us the opportunity to speak Yiddish in an informal, and very practical, environment. Farm activities included feeding and caring for a variety of domestic animals, from sheep to turkeys to geese, and harvesting and cleaning organic garlic for sale in nearby markets. Cooperating with other volunteers and farmworkers required students to use our growing Yiddish facility every day. 

The brainchild of Naftali Schaechter Ejdelman, and Yisroel Bass, two energetic young visionaries who want to share Yiddish as a vibrant and living language, Yiddish Farm was founded in 2010, and has been operating in New Hampton since 2012. It is devoted to three primary values:Speak Yiddish as a living language, Build a pluralistic Yiddish-speaking community, and Live sustainably. Courses range from a 1-week introduction for beginners, to 1-month programs for more experienced students. Academic credit is available. For more information, contact me directly ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or visit


A group of concerned Jewish residents of Hudson County are trying to help our Union City neighbors obtain a grant from Mikveh USA to renovate their desperately-in-need "Living Waters" Mikveh. The organization, Mikveh USA, is willing to grant these funds if enough people within the neighboring community write that they are willing to use this mikveh. 

Not only is it a wonderful mitzvah to help our neighbors, it is also a great way to bring awareness to more of the Hudsoun County Jewish Community that there is a mikveh in our area for use by our families. 

Please reach out to others within the Hoboken/Weehawken/JC/Bayonne Community to write an email expressing enthusiasm to attend a newly renovated Mikveh in Union City someday soon. Please send all emails to Nancy Torres at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  . Nancy will forward them to the proper contact at Mikveh USA.


There's a new group in town for Jewish young adults! The Jewish Young Adults of Jersey City aims to connect people in their 20s and 30s through social and community events. Our plans include Shabbat dinners, volunteer opportunities, and other social gatherings. The group has already held two dinners, in October and December - with about 16 people each, and includes both singles and couples, including a few families with children.

Interfaith couples and the LGBT community are involved as well, and the group is pleased to include those who have moved to the area in the last few months, as well as those who have been in Hudson County for several years. Participants are not limited to those from Jersey City, but are open to all in Hudson County, regardless of synagogue affiliation (or non-affiliation). It is a self-led group, where individuals can propose an event or project, and then spread the word to others through the google group. The next planned group Shabbat dinner is on Friday, February 20th (see listing in the February Events Section). The group is also planning a relaxed Shabbat service in downtown Jersey City, sponsored by Temple Beth-El, in late winter (likely in March). They are also seeking group volunteer activities. 

To learn more, join our Google Group ( ) or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Jewish Young Adults of Jersey City is supported by Temple Beth-El of Jersey City and is open to all, including Jewish and non-Jewish families and friends. Please note that there is also a separate group in Hoboken - Jewish Young Adults of Hoboken ("JYAH"), which is independent of this new group, but perhaps will get together in the future. Be sure to check out this new opportunity to meet new friends in our area!


For the past several months, residents of the North Bergen/Cliffside Park region have been served by the Shab-bus, a dedicated taxi service that shuttles congregants and visitors to Temple Israel Community Center in Cliffside Park for Shabbat morning services. 

Developed by Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer of Temple Israel, the bus-actually, a dedicated taxi service-functions as a sort of horizontal Shabbat elevator on wheels and adheres to the following rules: 

- It has a set route. The driver may not veer off course or skip a stop 

- It stands still at each stop for two minutes 

- It does not wait for anyone for any reason 

- It accepts anyone wishing to travel in it (although for safety and security reasons, the driver has the same discretion as an apartment building concierge) 

The Shab-bus makes two runs on Saturday morning, and two on Saturday afternoon. The schedule is as follows:

To Temple Israel Community Center: 

1. The Galaxy (first departure at 9:15 AM; second departure at 10:00 AM) 

2. Temple Beth El (North Bergen) 

3. 79th Street and Boulevard East (the stop is on 79th Street, not on Boulevard East) 

4. Temple Israel Community Center 

5. The Greenhouse 

6. Winston Towers 

7. Corner of Palisade Ave. & Edgewater Road (in front of the candy store) 

From Temple Israel Community Center: 

First departure at 12:45 PM; second departure at 1:45 PM 

For many years, the northern portion of Hudson County (and the southern portion of Bergen County) has been served by two Conservative synagogues, among other Jewish institutions. Those two Conservative synagogues-both egalitarian in orientation-have been Temple Israel Community Center of Cliffside Park, and Temple Beth El of North Bergen. For the past few months, however, the two synagogues have been in talks regarding the details of a possible merger, and are already holding Shabbat and holiday services jointly. According to Temple Israel Community Center President Roselyn Rauch, no final decision has been made by the respective congregations regarding a merger. Look for further details regarding this developing story here in the HudsonJewish Newsletter.


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
  • Read the many published articles in The New Jersey Jewish News, The Jewish Standard, The Jewish State, and The Jersey Journal about Jewish life, history and synagogues in Hudson County.


  • 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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