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Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

Well, spring is officially upon us and the milder weather is a joy. People are walking more, kids are getting outside, and grass is finally beginning to sprout. And...we are now fast approaching the holiday of Pesach. 

As you will see when you read through this month's HudsonJewish newsletter, there are many opportunities to join others in our community for a Passover Seder. The experience of being with a community during the reading of the Hagadah, the breaking of matzah, and the singing of Dayenu (if you are awake that long) is a special one not to be missed. Listening to our littlest ones reciting the Four Questions is always a joy, and lets them showcase what they have learned in Preschool, Hebrew School, or Tot Shabbat programs.

Then of course there's the part we all love, EATING. From matzah to matzah balls, from charoset to chrein (horseradish), from karpas to potato kugel, whatever your family traditions call for it's a festive feast for sure. So, put away your cleaning supplies, brush off your matzah covers, and get out the wine goblets. It's sure to be an inspiring, enlightening, and enjoyable holiday celebration! 

Wishing you and yours a Happy Pesach Holiday!

Warmly, 

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

 

 
MOISHE HOUSE - SERVING YOUNG JEWISH ADULTS IN HOBOKEN SINCE 2007 E-mail

Moishe House Moishe House Hoboken, founded in 2007, has been a leader in programming for young Jewish adults across Hudson County. Among the first 8 Moishe Houses founded-there are now 76 across the globe-Moishe House Hoboken began when its parent organization was still just a project of the Forrest Foundation, a California-based philanthropy. Moishe House Hoboken has always had 3 residents and is at its second location in the Mile Square City. 

The current residents are Reyna Steinberg, Ryan Finkelstein, and Lisa. Both Reyna and Lisa are New Jersey natives, hailing from Northern New Jersey, while Ryan (the sole male resident) is from the Bronx. The trio comes from a range of Jewish backgrounds. Reyna attended Solomon Schechter Day School as a child and works in education as a pre-school teacher in Newark. Ryan, who grew up in an Orthodox household, is an accountant and first found Moishe House through a branch in New York City. Lisa attended public school and works in news. Reyna, a lead organizer of activities for Jewish young adults in the area, said that Moishe House Hoboken "provides a model for young Jewish adults to integrate being Jewish into their daily life without it having to be separate part of your identity or daily life." Indeed, according to Ryan, Moishe House "was the opportunity to hang out with other young Jews my age, in a laid back environment." He continued, "if it weren't for Moishe House it would be difficult for me to be as involved in the Jewish community." 

The organization is a model of Jewish life for young Jewish adults that may have ended in Hudson County when, in 2013, MH Hoboken almost had to close its doors due to lack of community funding Thankfully, the organized Jewish community and individual community members rallied to keep the organization open in Hoboken. Moishe House Hoboken is now supported by local and regional partners including (but not limited to) the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey ("JFNNNJ"), UJA Network of Independent Communities, the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West ("JFGMW"), UJA of Hoboken, United Synagogue of Hoboken (USH), and Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of USH. The relationship MH Hoboken has with the local and regional Jewish communal organizations goes beyond the monetary. According to Reyna and Ryan, in addition to a full roster of at least 5 programs per month (usually including two Friday night Shabbat dinners), Moishe House Hoboken has co-sponsored programs with both neighboring Jewish federations, USH and other organizations. It has also partnered with JYAH (Jewish Young Adults of Hoboken) to support its popular annual programs - "Wine and Cheese in the Sukkah" and the "Hanukka Bar Crawl." 

According to Kim Schwartzman, Young Leadership Associate at the JFNNJ, "partnerships between local organizations and the federation are extremely important in creating a vibrant Jewish community now and in the future." She continued, "I believe two benefits that the federation brings to its many local partnerships are support and resources." Since at least 2010 MH Hoboken has welcomed shlichim (emissaries from Israel) working at JFNNJ and JFGMW. In 2011 MH Hoboken worked with other partners, including the federations, to put together a Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration, an event that had 130 pre-sale tickets and 180+ participants. 

Both Reyna and Kim discussed a current and continuing pilot leadership development program, "Moishe House Discovery Labs". The program, a collaboration of JFNNJ and Moishe House Hoboken, "is a six-session, six- month program, and is open to Jewish young adults between the ages of 22-32," said Kim. She continued "the objective of the series is to inspire and empower members of the local Jewish community and educate them as emerging leaders..... this pilot program is the first of its kind in Moishe House and we hope that we will be able to expand this program to Moishe Houses around the world in the future." The program has featured Martin Storrow, Moishe House Director of Leadership Development, and David Yarus, CEO and a founder of J-Swipe, a popular Jewish mobile phone dating application. Moishe House CEO, David Cygielman facilitated a session on March 24. "By bringing in Jewish entrepreneurs and leaders we have been more connected with what our 'Big Dreams' are and how to make them happen" said Reyna. When engaging in in-house programming for the young Jewish adult community the Moishe House Hoboken trio of residents regularly goes over programs with Moishe House Eastern Regional Director Becca Kass who, though she has only been working with the house since October, has already visited it twice. "Moishe House Hoboken has really grown and evolved over the years and has continued to do so over the past year.... in that time they have really blossomed to reach new community members and trying new programming" said Becca. 

Stephanie Premselaar, a former MH Hoboken resident, as well as other alumni and community members, speak glowingly of Moishe House: "Moishe House Hoboken definitely helps community members connect to being Jewish by giving professional young adults a Jewish outlet that isn't centered on the synagogue or religion, but more about the culture and traditions," said Stephanie. A current resident of Bergen County, she continued "I would not have been as involved in Jewish life had I not been a [Moishe House] resident." Since January 2007, MH Hoboken has been engaging young Jewish adults in Hudson County, attracting those from central and northern suburbs, and building long-term sustainable partnerships with local and regional Jewish stakeholders. The Shabbat dinners, tikkun olam programs, Israel celebrations, leadership development and more could not have been achieved without all the efforts of the Moishe House support staff, the local Hudson County Jewish community, the area federations, and past and current residents. To take a peek into the history of MH Hoboken and Moishe House watch the following videos: MH Hoboken Local Community Donors Gala 2013, Tour of MH Hoboken 2012.     

Moishe House is located in Hoboken, NJ, and can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  .

 
ONE HAPPY CAMPER PROGRAM OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS E-mail

$1000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR FIRST TIME CAMPERS If you are considering sending your child to an overnight Jewish camp for the first time this summer - you are eligible for an automatic scholarship. One Happy Camper, through the Jewish Federations of North America - is offering $1000 Grant for this summer - 19 day minimum; or $700 for 12-18 day program. This is a national effort supported by the Jewish Camping Association and covers hundreds of camps, including all of our Reform movement camps - like Camp Harlam in Pennsylvania which serves this region. 

Check out the website at http://www.jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/  for further information & to apply.

 
SHAARE ZEDEK IN WEST NEW YORK WELCOMES A NEW RABBI AND RESUMES SERVICES E-mail

Shaare Zedek in West New York will resume regular services starting with Passover. The cold weather burst pipes and caused much damage on top of the problems previously caused by Sandy and Irene. The heating system shut down and services had to be suspended. However, now that the warmer weather is upon us, they are able to resume regular services. They are also pleased to welcome their new Rabbi, Mordechai Gringras.

Please be sure to check out their Passover services schedule, along with information about candle lighting times, and times related to Chometz on the calendar on their website at www.shaarezedekwny.org.

The synagogue is located at 5308 Palisade Avenue on the corner of 54th street. For more information call 201-867-6859.

 
JBN - BUSINESS NETWORKING WITH "THE TRIBE" SEEKS NEW LIASON E-mail

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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