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Monday, March 30, 2020

Middlesex

Ahavas Achim Unites for Havdala B’Yachad

For a few brief moments, it felt like we restored a sense of community to our congregation.

The last few weeks have been particularly hard on shuls, whose regular operations are contingent on sharing sacred spaces at set times. One of those weekly touch points of togetherness

Sivan Rahav-Meir Headlines Highland Park Mikvah Event

Sivan Rahav-Meir, the well-known and well-regarded Israeli news anchor and inspirational author/lecturer, brought her unique perspective to Middlesex County recently when she served as guest speaker at the Melave Malka held to support the Lefkovits Family Park Mikvah in Highland Park. The event took place at

Coronavirus Precautions Radically Reshape Jewish Life in Middlesex County

Observant Jewish life is known for many things, but one thing it’s not usually known for is adapting to new circumstances with great speed. This caution has served us well over the centuries, as each new fad shined brightly then slowly receded from favor.

The coronavirus era has challenged rabbanim, shuls and yeshivot to rapidly process changing situations,

Jewish Institutions React to Coronavirus With Unprecedented Steps

With coronavirus spreading concern throughout the nation and world, Jewish organizations, including those at Rutgers University, have taken unprecedented steps to stop the spread of the disease.

Procure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset and the three local hospitals served by the Bikur Cholim of Raritan

Jewish Communities in Middlesex Respond to Coronavirus Threat

With the overabundance of news on the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard enough to stay current on recent developments and determine what are reasonable precautions in your area.

When you’re an observant Jew and your routine includes a weekly 25 hour news blackout, and a shul-going experience that puts you in the middle of a crowd of people for hours, that

Journalist Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt Speaks in Highland Park

The crowd that came out to hear Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt speak in Highland Park might have thought they already had a good sense of her background and inspirations, since she’d grown up in town. She quickly dispelled that notion by starting her talk with a moving family story from pre-World War II.

Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley’s Annual Event Inspires Hundreds

Hundreds of Jewish community members came together on Sunday, March 1, to pay tribute to an organization that serves people in their most trying moments—Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley.

Rav Hillel Friedman, assistant rabbi of the Agudath Israel in Highland Park, noted that a

Jews, Christians and Muslims Gather to Say ‘No to Hate’

(Courtesy of Federation in the Heart of NJ) On Sunday, March 1, over 130 people said, “No to hate!” at “Seeing Human,” a panel discussion among Jewish, Christian and Islamic clergy, reminding attendees these religions require us to see each other as “human” first. The program was facilitated by Jewish

Purim Scenes From Middlesex County

Highland Park Council Finally Condemns Anti-Semitism

“I vote yes because we must move on,” declared Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin before joining five other members of the Highland Park Borough Council in voting unanimously to pass a hotly debated resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

The March 3 vote brought to an end a long-running

Wilf Campus Announces Opening of Wilf At Home

(Courtesy of Wilf Campus for Senior Living) The Wilf Campus for Senior Living in Somerset has announced the opening of Wilf At Home, an in-home healthcare agency that provides compassionate care to those requiring assistance in their private homes, assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities.

Esther Eisenman Named Bruriah’s New Principal

(Courtesy of Bruriah High School) Esther Eisenman, of Woodmere, has been appointed as the new principal of Bruriah High School in Elizabeth. Eisenman has been an accomplished educator and successful administrator for the past 19 years and has served as principal of Midreshet Shalhevet in North Woodmere, for the past decade. She is