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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Essex & Union

How New Jersey Shaped the ‘Last Jewish Gangster’

(Courtesy of Hebrew Free Loan Society of New Jersey) Like all great mafia stories, Myron Sugerman’s starts in New Jersey.

He was the son of a bootlegger—the “greatest moneymaking opportunity for immigrants,” as Myron puts it—turned casino operator (or, at least, coin-operated slot

Holocaust Survivors Among Those Featured at Montville Tolerance Conference

Imagine a one-day conference with over 50 speakers, assembled to address the concepts and imperative of tolerance, the global and social wages of war, tyranny and other inhumane behaviors that they personally experienced. One would think there could not possibly be time in a single day to give voice to

Orthodox Shuls of Union County Lead the Way in JFS 5K

A sunny and temperate start to the day on Sunday, June 2, provided ideal conditions for the JFS of Central NJ 5K run held in Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey. Heidi Pekarsky, marketing and development director for the JFS Central New Jersey region, expressed special appreciation on behalf of JFS to the five

Chabad of West Orange Annual Dinner: A Response to Recent Terror Attacks

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) In the quintessential spirit for which Chabad is known worldwide, the West Orange branch of the Chabad-Lubavitch organization will remember the victims of recent terror attacks at their June 13 annual dinner. In addition, new security measures implemented after the horrible

NJ Symphony Players Celebrate Mother’s Day With Daughters of Israel

Chamber players from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) performed in a special celebration at Daughters of Israel on Mother’s Day. 

Parsippany Shabbaton to Feature Rabbi Mendelevich

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich will be the scholar-in-residence for the eighth Dr. George S. Rotter Memorial Shabbaton at Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah in Parsippany, June 14-15. The shabbaton will begin on Friday, June 14, with Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. followed by a sumptuous Shabbat dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Bris Avrohom Marks Lag BaOmer

A Lag BaOmer outing event in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was held at Phil Rizzuto Park. Organized by Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky, Youth and Torah Education Director of Bris Avrohom, in a spirit of unity the entire Union County community joined together with the shuls of AI, Bris Avrohom, the JEC, and Linden. The

Congregation Ohr Torah Sisterhood Sponsors Auto Maintenance Class for Women

Congregation Ohr Torah Sisterhood of West Orange, held a class on Sunday, May 5, to enable women drivers of all ages to understand the working of their cars from tire pressure to checking and adding fluids and general maintenance. The two hour class given by Meira Bukiet, an experienced auto mechanic of 10 years,

Congregation AABJ&D Walks for Israel

Congregation AABJ&D’s Walk for Israel will be held on Sunday, June 16, from 9:00 -11 a.m. at Verona Park, 411 Bloomfield Avenue (and Lakeside Drive), Verona, (meet at boathouse) in honor of Yom Yerushalayim. Spearheaded by Congregation AABJ&D of West Orange’s Israel Action & Advocacy Committee (IAAC),

Lavy House to Present ‘Protecting Yourself Against Senior Scams’

An informational program entitled Protecting Yourself Against Senior Scams will take place on Tuesday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Lavy House, 748 E. Broad Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The program will be presented by Officer Victoria Smith from the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The program is free and open to the

Hebrew Free Loan of New Jersey to Host Myron Sugerman

(Courtesy of Hebrew Free Loan of NJ) Hebrew Free Loan of New Jersey will host Myron “The Last Jewish Gangster” Sugerman, to discuss his riveting life as part of the Jewish mob. The event will take place on June 13 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange.

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Congregation Israel of Springfield’s Yom Chesed Extends to Israel

The CIS Yom Chesed program is anything but one day of chesed. “Chesed” means many things to many people, and to some people it means absolutely everything! Congregation Israel of Springfield apparently has a lock on this concept—over 50 families gathered on Sunday, May 19, to prepare, complete and