September 2018

Do you love fall? Crisp apples? A chill in the air? Heavier sweaters and lighter holidays? With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur behind us, what’s more fun than a picnic in a Sukkah or a night of Simchat Torah dancing and laughing out loud in synagogue. 

The next few days and weeks kick off a fall full of fun in the heart of NJ. How does ladies’ night out with music around a bonfire, henna tattoos, and mala-making sound? How about an adult costume dance for parents of kids K-12? A day trip to national historic landmark, Locust Grove Estate in the Hudson River Valley, with lunch overlooking the water?

Arts and entertainment more your style? Attend a conversation with head writer of the hit Netflix series, Fauda; or a lecture on modernist painter, Marc Chagall. Laugh along with musician/comedian I AM SARGE or tap your toes to the Jewbadors in concert. And don’t miss opening night of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival!

The new year is off to a sweet start in our Jewish community and the Jewish Federation is proud to help connect people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds to the communal resources and experiences they want and need. Dig into the community calendar and be a part of it.

Meanwhile, the Federation continues its sobering and strategic work enabling this local community to care for people in need, fight anti-Semitism, build connections with Israel, and more. Read our latest annual report to learn how. Thank you, as always, for taking an interest in the work we do and for making it possible through your support.

All my best for a good, new year. 

Lisa Karasic   
News Highlights
Announcing Our New Website!
We are excited to announce the launch of the Jewish Federation's new website! Our goal with this new site is to create a user-friendly experience, whether you are looking for help, to help, for peers, and/or experiences. Happy surfing! 
What Have the Shinshinim Been Up To?
Maya and Dana, our Shinshinim (Israeli teen ambassadors), have settled in to the heart of New Jersey and have been working hard. Here’s what they’ve been up to…
Pictures Paint a Thousand Words
Ever wonder what the Jewish Federation does? Want to learn how we're making a difference in the world? Our latest Annual Report is an easy read, packed with photos that show the faces of those who we're touching everyday – who YOU'RE touching everyday with your support of the Jewish Federation.
Best Ways to Celebrate Fall Holidays with Kids
Looking for more ways to celebrate Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah? Our partners at Kveller put together a list of some of the best ways to celebrate these family-friendly fall holidays near you!
Happenings in the Heart of New Jersey
The following events listed below are among many on the Jewish community calendar. Check your local listings to explore all this vibrant Jewish community has to offer.
Women's Fall Festival on the Farm
Women's Philanthropy invites you to Fall Festival on the Farm: Dinner, Music & Bonfire in appreciation of donors who have made their 2018 gift of $180 or more. Join us for a fun evening with dinner, music, henna, chakra beads, and a bonfire.

Tuesday, October 9, 6PM
Congress Hill Farm, Monroe

Couvert: $54 per person
Dietary laws observed
Shalom Hartman Institute's
Classes for Adults
The famed Shalom Hartman Institute brings scholarly adult education about Israel to a dozen locations throughout the heart of NJ. Discuss Israel with the experts!

The pluralistic center of research and education is redefining the conversation about Judaism in modernity, religious pluralism, Israeli democracy, Israel and world Jewry, and the relationship of Judaism with other faith communities.
A Night with
Author Abigail Pogrebin
Author Abigail Pogrebin discusses her book, My Jewish Year, detailing her year observing and trying to understand every single Jewish holiday. She will be interviewed by journalist Jennifer Altman.

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30PM
The Barn, East Brunswick

Couvert: $36 per person, includes light refreshments and signed book for pre-registrants.

Books have arrived! Come pick them up at the Federation's office!
Israel Teen Summit
6th-12th graders can experience Israeli food, music, and culture without the plane ticket! This FREE event promises to be enlightening, energizing, and fun.

Sunday, November 18, 11AM - 3PM
Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick

This event is for teens – by teens!
International Lion of Judah Conference in Florida
Join us at the International Lion of Judah Conference January 13-15, 2019 – the premier gathering of dynamic philanthropic Jewish women. Together, we will examine the changing face of our world. Hear from leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, featuring speaker Aly Raisman, two-time captain of the U.S. Women's
Gymnastics Team who led her team to Olympic gold.

And together, Lions from the heart of NJ will celebrate our very own winner of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, Linda Block.

Limited spots remain!
Confirm your place today.