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, it is officially Fall - with cold crisp air, leaves falling, and as I write this even the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin "visiting" our area. We have completed the High Holidays, with moving services and programs at all of the Hudson County synagogues, and Sukkot is now in full swing. 

Don't miss Mitzvah Day this Sunday, October 4th at USH, where you and your family/children can participate in a multitude of volunteer projects to both benefit the community and warm your soul. Then, join USH for their Mitzvah Day barbecue to celebrate a job well done. Simchat Torah is on October 4-5, and this is always a wonderful time to celebrate the finishing of one thing and the commencement of another, as we read the end of the Torah scroll and then begin again. Children and even many adults will be seen dancing, singing, waving flags, so don't miss this opportunity to join in the celebrations to be held at all of our local synagogues (see this month's Events section for times/places). 

Finally, thanks to all those who came out to the HudsonJewish booth at this past Sunday's Hoboken Arts Festival. We loved seeing many old friends and greeting new ones. Our PJ Library events throughout the day, including singing and storytelling, as well as a craft where the little ones made Simchat Torah flags, were a great hit. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, and our partners, USH and Temple Beth-El of J. City for sponsoring this event. 

So, as the cool weather comes in with a blast, get those sweaters ready, go on an apple picking excursion, and enjoy the beautiful changing of the leaves. Until next month....


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


Southern Hudson County in Discussions About Possibility of Joining With Jewish Federations E-mail

The purpose of this message is to update you on the progress of conversations taking place within the community regarding the possibility of Southern Hudson County, or any part of it, being included within the catchment area of either the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West (JFGMW), or of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey (JFNNJ). Both JFGMW and JFNNJ have expressed interest in extending their territory-and many services-into Southern Hudson County. These discussions were organized jointly by Adam S. Weiss of Jersey City and Joyce Boll of Hoboken, as an independent project initiated by them. 

Some of you may have participated in these conversations; others may be hearing of this for the first time. Every effort is being made to be as inclusive as possible; accordingly, if you are aware of anyone who should be part of this conversation but may not already be on the distribution list, kindly inform the organizers (see below), so that they may update the list. 

Two community meetings have been held to date, one at the Bayonne JCC, and the other at United Synagogue of Hoboken. A total of approximately 50 people have attended to date. Meetings have been facilitated by Debbie Stein, a representative of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA, formerly known as the "UJA"), the umbrella organization of JFGMW, JFNNJ, and of the current or former local "UJA" campaigns in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne. Key questions raised by community members regarding the pros and cons of joining a regional federation included the following: How much support would be available for children's programming?/ What efforts will be made toward engaging various groups including young adults, 35-50 cohort, baby boomers/empty nesters, seniors, women, Israelis, etc.; What commitments will be made about providing Jewish Family Services in South Hudson?; What level of support should we expect for Israel advocacy and programming?; Will you support "DIY"/"Pop Up" Judaism (funding for small group/informal activities)?; What level of professional support will be made available to South Hudson, particularly to assist in fundraising, outreach, and Israel advocacy and programming?

Other concerns include; what to do with funds already raised and held by existing South Hudson UJA campaigns, and whether the local community might still have the ability to allocate any funds on its own, within South Hudson. You may have additional questions as well. In order to give the South Hudson Jewish community an opportunity to learn the answers to their questions from representatives of JFGMW and JFNNJ, a third Jewish community-wide meeting will be held on a date to be determined, most likely in mid- to late November. You are invited to attend, and to spread the word to all members of the South Hudson Jewish community who may wish to join you. 

Please do not hesitate to contact either of the organizers of this project with any questions: Adam S. Weiss, Jersey City ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), and Joyce Boll, Hoboken ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


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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