Hudson Jewish Community Forum


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Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

Who can believe that Thanksgiving is over and it's now only 1.5 weeks until Chanukah. While the festival of turkey may be gone, the festival of lights is almost upon us, and I for one am delighted. Chanukah is a time for families to be together for candle lighting on each of the 8 nights, for children to play dreidel, talk about the miracle of Chanukah, and for everyone to eat delicious latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Nothing is more joyous than watching children of all ages engage in this festive holiday. 

Many of our local synagogues are hosting events during Chanukah, including; a Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth-El, Preschool Celebration at USH, "Hanukah is almost Here Celebration" and Community Shabbat Dinner Party - both at Cong. B'nai Jacob, Jewish Heritage Night with the NJ Devils, Chanukah Dinner/Song Fest at Temple Beth Am, Lunch & Learn and Community Hanukkah Party - both at USH, Communal Candle Lighting & Celebration at Temple Beth-El, Annual Bar Crawl with Moishe House & JYAH, and the Israeli Club Hanukkah Celebration (please see the "Events This Month!" section for details on all of these great events). Join old friends and meet new ones by attending at least one of these events this holiday. 

During this time of year, it is important to remember those who are less fortunate than us. Anything that we can do as a community, from donating winter coats, participating in toy drives, volunteering at a food pantry or shelter, helping our seniors attend the various events, or even taking some latkes to a local senior center - all are a great way to celebrate this holiday season. 

Wishing all of you a Chanukah holiday filled with Lights, Latkes, & Laughter!!


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



Since his Sophomore year at SUNY-Albany in 1978, Marc Disick wanted to be a rabbi. His eclectic background took him from a Lubavitch Bar Mitzvah on Long Island, to a Kibbutz outside of Jerusalem and then to Reform Judaism's seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) where he was ordained in 1986. A pick-up pianist and accompanist, he played his way through graduate and rabbinical school. 

After ordination Rabbi Disick served as Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield NJ. He has served congregations in Kansas City, MO, Wilkes-Barre PA and Massapequa, NY. For eight years Rabbi Disick was also a Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) where he studied the synagogue as family system with Rabbi Edwin Friedman PhD z"l.

Rabbi Disick received his BA in 1980 double majoring in Judaic Studies and Rhetoric & Communications. He lived in Israel for his Junior year, attending the UAHC's College Academic Year on Kibbutz Ma'aleh HaChamisha. He also spent his first year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. While at HUC, Disick served for two years as a Chaplain at Princeton University. He also completed coursework toward an MA in Jewish Education at NYU before rabbinical school. In 1992 he finished course requirements for a D. Min. (a clergy counseling degree) at New York's Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. 

Through 2011, he served as spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Stamford CT Sinai which became well known as a profoundly caring synagogue with a deep and active social conscience under Disick's leadership. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 2012 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for 25 years of rabbinic service. He also served in the for-profit sector as Marketing Director at Atria Senior Living of Stamford, CT while maintaining a counseling practice in Greenwich, CT. Before coming to Temple Beth Am, Rabbi Disick served as the Interim Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El, an 1850 family URJ synagogue in Houston, TX. 

We welcome Rabbi Disick to Temple Beth Am of Bayonne and as a Spiritual Leader in Hudson County.


Congregation B'nai Jacob (CBJ) is hosting its Annual Shabbat Hanukkah Friday Night Live! on Friday, December 11th from 6pm - 9pm. The event includes Dinner and Party which are open to the entire community. Catered dinner, with games, prizes, toys for kids, music, chocolate gelt, dreidels, Hanukkah songs and Israeli dancing, all preceded by a brief Friday Night Live! service. Fun for the entire family - bring your friends for this annual celebration of the Festival of Lights! Latkes & Sufganiyot - Jelly Donuts for all! Everyone welcome! 

CBJ is a warm & welcoming inclusive post-denominational community. All stripes & types welcome into our Big Tent! The cost for this evening's event is $18/adult, Children under 13 are FREE! RSVP asap to reserve your place now to Lenore Berkowitz at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 201-333-3682. The event will be held at CBJ, 176 West Side Ave, Jersey City - plenty of off-street parking.


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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