Monday, February 24, 2020


Jewish Leadership Lessons From Past Shul Presidents

One recurring aspect of the summer months in observant Jewish communities is how the parshiot frequently highlight the challenges of Jewish leadership. From the spies’ sedition against Hashem’s plans for the conquest of Canaan, to Korach’s open rebellion, to numerous instances of public grumbling against

HP First Aid Squad Offers Discount Cards

The new Highland Park First Aid Squad discount cards are now available and offer significant savings at a few area kosher restaurants and Jewish community businesses.

To purchase the cards, please contact any squad member including: Josh Loewenstein, Joe Benedek and the Lewitter family. Cards

Save the Environment And Support a Local Shul

Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park happily accepts the following unwanted items: old smart phones and cell phones, used inkjet cartridges, iPads, old smart watches and broken gold and silver jewelry. These items do not have to be working to be dropped off.

Jewish Family Service Seeks Cooking Companions

Home-bound seniors often feel isolated and disconnected from the world. You can help them feel like they are part of the community.

Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) is beginning a brand new Cooking Companions program.

Etz Ahaim’s Rabbi Bassous to Retire; Search Under Way for New Rav

It was an email that, in retrospect, shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Still, it caught many shul members unaware and marked the end of a golden era at Congregation Etz Ahaim, the Sephardic synagogue in Highland Park.

The May 31 email’s subject line read: “Retirement of

Ahavas Achim Presents Talk on ‘Esther: Finding Her Voice’

The Women’s Torah Institute of Congregation Ahavas Achim invite Highland Park/Edison women to hear Susan Hornstein talk about “Esther: Finding Her Voice” at this season’s final event on Shabbat, July 13, at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Elaine and Mitch Berlin, 5 Manor Court, Edison.

Susan Hornstein

Jewish Community Members Speak at Highland Park Council

Jewish community members in Central New Jersey aren’t letting a setback put them on the sidelines.

The Highland Park Public Library decided to go ahead with a public reading of the children’s book “P is for Palestine,” despite considerable opposition from the

Separate Swimming Offered at JCC of Middlesex County

For those who enjoy swimming, the JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, has set aside certain hours for separate swimming for men and women. Women and girls will have sole use of the pool Mondays from 8:30-9:30 p.m and men and boys will be able to swim on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry Seeks Donations

It seems more people in the community are coming to the Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry in Milltown. Its shelves are nearly empty and it needs help from those who support JFS to provide for children, families and women, to put food on their tables and help with essential needs.


Raritan Valley Hadassah Event Recognizes Local Women Leaders

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has a 106-year history of strong leadership and activism in support of cutting-edge research and medical care at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Much of Hadassah’s educational, advocacy and youth programming activities on the grass roots level is run by

Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley Seeks Volunteers

Bikur Cholim of Raritan Valley is looking for volunteers for a number of roles;

To visit a male patient at the AristaCare facility in South Plainfield. It is a 10-minute drive from the area.

For a male volunteer to sit, schmooze and learn with another male

Genealogy Club of Central Jersey to Meet in July

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club of Central Jersey (GCCJ) will be held on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park. The featured speaker will be Susan Kobren, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey, who will address the topic: “Where Do You Grow Your Tree?”