Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Essex & Union

West Orange Mayor, Council Join Chabad for Menorah Lighting

West Orange mayor, Robert Parisi, and West Orange town council members participate in the annual menorah-lighting ceremony in front of Town Hall hosted by Chabad of West Orange, this year held on the fourth night of Chanukah. Lighting the menorah is CWO director, Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz.


Rabbi Kasowitz Leads Chanukah Party for MetroWest JCC Seniors

Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director of Chabad West Orange, leads a Chanukah party for members of the Margulies Senior Center at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange, NJ. Rabbi Kasowitz, who has volunteered at the JCC for nearly 14 years, teaches a Jewish studies class for the seniors every Tuesday at 10 a.m. For more information or to

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest Makes New Board Appointments

East Orange—Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest NJ (JVS) recently made three strategic appointments to its board of trustees to further fulfill the organization’s mission of “helping people help themselves.” These new appointees bring a combination of business management, financial expertise and

Union Y Children Enjoy Chanukah at the New Kirschenbaum Israel Center

Over 20 children gathered at the Kirschenbaum Israel Center at the Union Y to usher in Chanukah. They decorated jelly doughnuts, lit the menorah, played games and watched an Israeli Chanukah film. The activities were led by Danielle Perlmutter, community shlicha.

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Chabad of West Orange Collects Toys for OHEL

Eli (front) and Sholom Kasowitz helping deliver toys collected through Chabad of West Orange for OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services’ Annual Chanukah Toy Drive.


Chabad of West Orange Annual Women’s Dinner Is Huge Success

Pictured is classically trained singer and entertainer, Chava Shapiro, with Altie Kasowitz, co-director of Chabad of West Orange, at Chabad’s Annual Women’s Dinner earlier this month.


Free Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group Coming to Elizabeth

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian health and social service agency, will be hosting an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. The group is free and open to Alzheimer’s/dementia caregivers in the community and is run in accordance with the Alzheimer’s NJ guidelines.

Congregation AABJ&D Sisterhood Plans Cafe Night

The AABJ&D Sisterhood Cafe Night will take place on January 14, 2017 at 8:30. All are invited for a fun-filled evening of comedy, delicious food (including sushi) and prizes, featuring comedian Gary Gulman.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

Etz Chaim Celebrates Chanukah With Federation Housing Seniors

The annual Etz Chaim Chanukah celebration with the seniors at the Jewish Federation Housing was enjoyed by all. The Chanukah event was organized by the Etz Chaim youth group and sisterhood in conjunction with the staff of the Federation Housing.

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Trinitas Hospital: ‘Proud Past, Promising Future’

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a long-time friend of the Orthodox community in Elizabeth and neighboring communities, including Newark Liberty International Airport. People involved in 911 calls to the Elizabeth EMS department and EMS emergency responses are transported to the Trinitas Emergency

Bris Avrohom Ushers in Chanukah Season

Bris Avrohom inaugurated the 2016 season of Chanukah festivities with its first candle lighting ceremony at the City Hall of Elizabeth. This pre-Chanukah menorah lighting was held on December 6 in honor of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage’s birthday.

The celebrations will continue as Bris Avrohom


Chabad of West Orange Discusses ‘Where Pleasure Meets Purpose’

It is only natural to want to enjoy life’s pleasures. At the same time, all the pleasures on earth cannot satisfy our inner craving for deeper meaning and purpose. How are we to balance our inner tug toward all things