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Monday, April 06, 2020

Essex & Union

Daughters of Israel Plans Casino Night Fundraiser

Daughters of Israel will host a Casino Night and Texas Hold’em Tournament fundraiser on Wednesday, March 25, from 6-10 p.m., at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The grand prize of the poker tournament is a $2,500 Visa gift card. There will be lots of other great prizes for poker and casino game players.

Bret Stephens to Headline Kukin Memorial Lecture at AABJ&D on Sunday

On Sunday, February 23, Congregation Ahavas Achim B’nai Jacob & David (AABJ&D) of West Orange will feature Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens as its first guest speaker sponsored by the Dr. Ira and Doris Kukin Adult Education Program. The program is endowed by the Kukin children, Marrick and Phyllis Kukin, Lori and Jeffrey

613 Mitzvot, Almost Twice Over

It started as a concept that Rabbi Avrohom Stone, rabbi of Congregation Bnei Torah in West Orange and a supervising rabbi for the OU, received in an email: a challenge for all congregations to finish a sefer before the siyum HaShas. Rabbi Stone shared the suggestion with Rabbi Marc Spivak, spiritual

Daughters of Israel Enjoys  Oscars Pre-Party

Daughters of Israel held its own pre-Oscars party on Sunday, February 9, for the Home’s residents. One of the highlights was an Oscars trivia contest. Pictured is one of the contest winners, Dr. Morton Farber.

Union Y to Host Purim Carnival

On Sunday, February 23, from 12:30-3 p.m., the Y at 501 Green Lane in Union will host a family Purim carnival. Included in the admission fee is free popcorn and a special gift. Family fees are $25 for members and $40 for guests. Single child admissions and sponsorships are also available. Activities will include laser

Relaxed Eligibility Criteria Announced for JFSCNJ Holocaust Survivor Benefits

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFSCNJ) announced that the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has released new relaxed criteria for eligibility for services for Holocaust survivors.

The gamut of services JFSCNJ provides, funded

JFSCNJ Offers Four Week Certified Home Health Aide Training Class

Maria Mullen, R.N., Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ) director of nursing has announced that a four week training program for certified home health aides will begin on Monday, March 2. According to Mullen, “The course will put you on the path to a new career as a certified home health aide, a field that is

Lauren Elise Bier Nursery School To Launch New Infant Program

The Lauren Elise Bier Nursery School at Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange has announced the opening of its new infant class as well as extended hours for all ages until 6 p.m. This program will begin in September 2020. For more information, to schedule a tour or to register, email

Bris Avrohom Commemorates Chof Beis Shevat

On Sunday, the eve of Chof Beis Shevat, Bris Avrohom commemorated the 32nd yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson (the wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe). Miryam Swerdlov, the keynote speaker, shared many personal stories with her and the rebbetzin; she underlined the specialty of the rebbetzin’s

Bring Your Family and ‘Discover West Orange’

According to Essex Ed, Turtle Back Zoo’s groundhog, everyone should gear up for an early spring. There’s no better place to start than the warm West Orange Jewish community at its annual Discover West Orange shabbaton. Discover West Orange, including the shabbaton, is a partnership between two of the

JEC Lower School Names Bonnie Drazen Assistant Principal

(Courtesy of JEC) After an extensive search, the Jewish Educational Center announced that Bonnie Drazen will be joining the JEC family as its new general studies assistant principal.

“Mrs. Drazen is an excellent addition to our team,” said Rabbi Uzi Beer, JEC principal. “Mrs. Drazen’s

Union Y Seniors Enjoy Tu B’Shevat Seder