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Welcome E-mail

Dear Friends:   

Welcome to the September edition of the HudsonJewish newsletter. It is hard to imagine that the High Holidays are already upon us, as the summer is just ending and we return to our regular school and work routines. I am hopeful that all of us have gotten to spend time with our family and friends during these past warm summer months, and enjoyed some lazy days of rest and relaxation. 

This month brings the beginning of the High Holidays, and many synagogues in our area offer free or low-cost tickets to services. Please check out this month's Events section for detailed information. For families that are new to the area (living here 2 years or less), you can find a home for the High Holidays with the help of free tickets through the EZ Key Program offered by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, by contacting Elisa Hirsch at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 201.820.3918. 

Other events this month include First Friday Potluck & Service at TBE with new Interim Rabbi Beal (September 1), Ruach Shabbat - A Family Shabbat Service at CBJ (September 9), Mitzvah Day & Welcome Back BBQ at USH (September 10), Annual 9/11 Memorial Service with Temple Beth Am (September 11), Secrets of "Adulting" in the Kitchen with Moishe House (September 19), Erev Rosh Hashanah Catered Dinner at CBJ (September 20), and don't forget the Hoboken Street Fair with booths by USH, HudsonJewish, JFNNJ (September 24). All of these programs are open to the public, and are a great opportunity to check out the varied offerings in our area. 

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Sweet New Year!!

Warmly, 

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

 

 
TRAGEDY IN 2017, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA E-mail

By Michelle Levine

I write this article several days after the calamity in Charlottesville, VA. It is heartbreaking and maddening all at once, that in this the year 2017, such individuals and groups are able to strike fear into the hearts of mainstream America. That minorities, including African Americans, Jews, women, and others who were either peacefully protesting or may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, were terrorized, injured, and in some cases even killed. The loss of life by Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police Officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, as well as the many injured, is tragic and must stir in us a call to action and social justice. 

Whatever our individual politics, one cannot deny that the assorted hate groups and other fringe individuals seem to feel more free to taunt and even attack those who are different from them. What started as a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, has seeped into every community in every state of every country. For our community, some of us are fearful as to what the fallout locally may be, some are outraged, some are organizing and attending marches and vigils. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to talk about this incident and the historical significance of this happening in 2017 with our families, our friends, and our communities. Let us remain strong, let us be aware, and let us Never Forget. 

For more on this senseless event, please read the following articles: 

ReformJudiasm.org - In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On, August 14, 2017

NY Times - A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath, August 13, 2017

 
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE/JFNNJ IN HUDSON COUNTY E-mail

Join Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey on Tuesday, September 5th, 6:30pm SHARP to 9pm, for TRANSFORMING SYNAGOGUES...BUILDING COMMUNITY...CREATING A DYNAMIC JEWISH FUTURE with Lisa Harris Glass. Assess your synagogue's membership readiness. Course will cover best practices for membership forms, committee structure, and relationship building. We will also share new tools for membership retention. Synagogue leaders (lay + professional) concerned about membership growth and retention are encouraged to attend. It is beneficial (but not required) for synagogues to come in teams. Dinner will be served, and plenty of off street parking available in CBJ's parking lot. 

This program will be held at Cong. B'nai Jacob, 176 West Side Avenue, Jersey City. For more information or to register, contact Josh at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 201.820.3914.

 
A JEWISH DAY SCHOOL IN HUDSON COUNTY, MAKING THE DREAM A REALITY E-mail

One of the characteristics of a strong Jewish community is the presence of a Jewish day school, as an educational option for families seeking to provide their children with a deeper connection with their Jewish identity and a stronger foundation in Jewish learning. 

With the steady growth of Jewish families moving into the Hudson County area, as the Hudson Gold Coast and surrounding areas continue to expand, we are increasingly confident that the timing is right to establish such a school in Hudson County. Creating such a school has been a long-time dream. Jewish educational options in Hudson County have significantly increased since the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool opened in 2000. Hudson County now has two Jewish preschools (Kaplan Cooperative Preschool at the United Synagogue of Hoboken, and My Little Gan at Chabad of Hoboken), as well as growing Hebrew school enrollments throughout the county. However, every year there are Jewish families who move away from our area, or do not consider moving to our area, because of the lack of a Jewish day school. There are also families who have made long-term commitments to our area who are unsatisfied with the current education options. 

Our current initiative to create a Hudson County Jewish day school began in mid-2016. We are exploring both the possibility of establishing an independent school, and the possibility of being a satellite to an already existing Jewish day school in the New York/New Jersey area. We are considering potential locations in Jersey City for a school. In June, the JFNNJ arranged for a consultant from Prizmah, the Center for Jewish Day Schools (www.prizmah.org) to speak with interested Hudson County parents. Building upon the enthusiasm of that meeting which drew 20 participants, we formed our Steering Committee led by chairperson Joyce Boll. 

Joyce has been a member of the Hudson County Jewish Community since 1995. As the Chair of the United Synagogue of Hoboken Fundraising Committee, she helped to set the state for the Jewish communal revival in Hoboken through the expansion of the USH building, which made the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool possible. Most recently, she co-chaired with Adam Weiss, the initiative to bring Lower Hudson County into the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey (JFNNJ). She sits on the newly established JFNNJ Hudson County Regional Council. Our steering committee consists of: Joyce Boll, Weehawken (Chair & Budget Leader), Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, Hoboken, Rachelle Grossman, Jersey City (Leader of Survey), Jonathan Marx, Weehawken (Leader of Recruiting/Marketing), Keren Vered, Jersey City (Leader of Fundraising), Rabbi Abe Unger, Hoboken (Leader of Curriculum), Tal Shuster, Jersey City, Inbal Zohar, Jersey City, Ofer Bechor, Weehawken, Offer Melnick, Weehawken, and Jenny Baras, Jersey City. 

What do we need from you? If you are an interested parent or community member, please fill out the survey here . 

We need YOU to help us to make this dream a reality! Please consider giving a few hours each month to fulfill crucial tasks such as: Hosting Focus Groups, Hosting Recruiting Meetings, Recruiting friends to participate and attend the school, Other skills or services that you can offer. 

Please contact Joyce at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  with questions, or to tell us how you can help to realize our dream and strengthen our community!

 
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Upcoming Events

Sun, Sep 24th, @11:00am
USH at the Hoboken Street Fair
Sun, Sep 24th, @3:00pm
New Year Celebration
Fri, Sep 29th, @6:00pm
Mincha (afternoon) service before Yom Kippur
Fri, Sep 29th, @6:15pm
Kol Nidrei service for Yom Kippur Eve
Fri, Sep 29th, @6:30pm
B'nai Jacob Kol Nidre Service
Sat, Sep 30th, @9:00am
Yom Kippur morning service
Sat, Sep 30th, @10:00am
Bnai Jacob Yom Kippur Service
Sat, Sep 30th, @12:00pm
Yizkor Memorial prayers

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