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:   

Lights, Latkes, Action! Chanukah is almost upon us, beginning this year on the evening of Tuesday, December 16th. This is by and far one of the most beloved Jewish holidays, for both children and adults. Who doesn't love dreidels, latkes, Chanukah songs, and of course some gelt thrown in for good measure?!? 

Our community has many Chanukah events coming up in the next couple of weeks, including public Menorah Lighting at City Hall of Jersey City, Chanukah parties, and entertainment galore. Be sure to attend one or more of these events, to meet old friends and make new ones. I can assure you that each and every Congregation will welcome you warmly, whether you are a long-timer or there for the first time! 

I would be remiss if I did not include a special Thank You to Cong. B'nai Jacob, Temple Beth-El of J. City, and United Synagogue of Hoboken, along with their Rabbis and board members for the wonderful honor bestowed upon HudsonJewish as well as myself and Adam Weiss, HJ Founder, this past Sunday. Please read the article below for all of the details of this community-wide event. Thank you as well to everyone who attended from Bayonne to No. Bergen and everywhere in between, and shared in this momentous occasion. It truly was a once in a lifetime event for myself, Adam, and HudsonJewish as a whole, and we greatly appreciate the acknowledgement of our efforts to help rebuild the Hudson County Jewish Community. We could not have come this far without our valuable partnerships with these and the other local synagogues, and we look forward with renewed excitement to many more years of working together to strengthen our shared community. 

Wishing you a Happy Chanukah filled with latkes, lights, and lots of family and friends!


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



Recognition Event On Sunday, November 23, 2014, Congregation B'nai Jacob of Jersey City, Temple Beth-El of Jersey City, and United Synagogue of Hoboken co-sponsored an event - hosted by Congregation B'nai Jacob on West Side Avenue - showcasing three organizations that serve the regional Hudson County Jewish community: Jewish Family Services of Metro West, Jewish Federations of North America - Network of Independent Communities, and HudsonJewish. Representatives of each organization made presentations to the audience, which numbered approximately 70, about their history and activities. 

In connection with the event, the sponsoring synagogues honored HudsonJewish founder Adam S. Weiss, 48, of Jersey City, who created the organization in 2007, and Michelle Levine, 48, of Bayonne, who has served as the volunteer group's Chair since 2012, for their multi-year effort to accomplish HudsonJewish's mission "to nurture and support the revival of Jewish life in Hudson County, New Jersey, which has been rediscovered in the early 21st century by a new generation of Jewish arrivals following decades of Jewish emigration" from the area. Rabbi Marsha Dubrow, spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Jacob, presented Weiss and Levine with proclamations issued by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, recognizing their work in establishing and operating HudsonJewish, which connects local Jewish individuals with each other, and with the institutions that serve the Jewish community.


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  .


Latest News!

  • 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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Upcoming Events

Sun, Jan 11th, @10:00am
Kaplan Cooperative Preschool Open House
Sun, Jan 11th, @10:30am
Philip and Claire Meistrich Speaker Program and Brunch: Gary Rosenblatt
Sun, Jan 11th, @7:00pm
Shalom Baby at USH
Sat, Jan 31st, @9:30am
Scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi David Golinkin
Sat, Feb 7th, @11:00am
Shabbat Shirah

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