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.

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Dear Friends:   

Winter is definitely here, and she has let us know that with snow, brutally cold temperatures, and high-powered winds. We would be remiss if we did not spotlight our friends and neighbors in Edgewater (1000+ people!), who lost everything in a devastating fire there last week. There are several efforts underway to collect clothing, supplies, gift cards, and monetary donations to assist these individuals who have been displaced in this terrible fire. Those efforts include Jewish Family Services, Temple Israel Community Center/Temple Beth El of No. Bergen who have set up a page for Mark & Tracey Blank who are members there (, and various other efforts being made. Please contact any of these organizations or see the HudsonJewish Facebook page which also has information on ways that you can help. This is the time to show how the Jewish residents of Hudson County can come together as a community to help those in need. 

On a happier note, many warm, welcoming opportunities remain in our Jewish community of Hudson County to join, participate, or just observe. This month we will celebrate Tu B'Shvat, the birthday of the trees. Enjoy various offerings around the county including tastings of various fruits, wine tasting, children's programs, and adult events. Then we are on to Purim, which runs from the evening of March 4th through the evening of March 5th. This holiday is a celebration, an opportunity to rejoice, have fun, wear costumes, eat, drink & enjoy. Our area synagogues will be having various programs, including Tot Shabbat, Purim Shpiels, costume parades, Megillah readings, and of course mishloach manot (delivering baskets of food/drink to friends and neighbors). 

Be sure to check out the many varied listings for both February and the first half of March in the Events section. Additionally, don't miss two wonderful articles this month, highlighting both Jewish Business Leaders in Hudson County, and a new Jewish Adults Group in Jersey City. 

In the meantime, stay warm, safe, & Happy Tu B'Shvat!


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



Alliance Meets With Fulop Recently, a new business networking venture serving the Jewish community was founded by young dynamic community activists from Union City. The Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance which established to create a network of Jewish businesses in Hudson County and forge a strong relationship with elected officials. In the short period of time since its establishment, they already realized much positive feedback from both ends-- beyond expectations. Its most recent networking session was held at the headquarters of Fabuwood based in Jersey City, and featured the participation of numerous commercial and business enterprises where its mayor Steven Fulop was honored. "Working with our small businesses is one of the ways we will ensure Jersey City continues to grow and advance," said Mayor Steven Fulop who is considered a rising star in New Jersey politics. "It was a productive meeting and a great opportunity to get to know many of our local business owners and listen to their ideas." 

According to Michael Panzer CEO, Fabuwood "An ideal business environment is not possible without the direction of a great leader. Jersey City has been blessed with one of the finest mayors in the country. Under the leadership of Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City serves as an environment conducive to economic growth. It is therefore a great honor for us to welcome Mayor Fulop to Fabuwood today. 

In summary said David Rosenberg, founder of the HCJBA, "the goal of the Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance is to encourage and foster business and economic opportunities for members of our community by allowing them to dialogue with elected officials at every level of government which is key to creating jobs for our youth".


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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