Our JCC Holocaust Memorial and Education Center is offering scholarships for qualified students who will be in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades in April of 2019, to participate in the annual March of the Living trip. The dates for 2019 are April 28 through May 12.
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A community wide Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration marking 70 years of the State of Israel will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. The Yom Ha'Atzmaut event will be held at the JCC Camp Ruach campgrounds located at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Road in Bridgewater. The entire community is invited to attend.
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Why o why are there so many different spellings of the holiday?... Read More
Lag B'Omer is just a minor Jewish Holiday but it is rather interesting and mysterious. With many different reasons for the holiday, we've distilled the most common facts we could find about the holiday into this infographic for you.
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Today, flags in Israel are flown at half-staff, and all Israel stands with bowed heads and tearful eyes in memory of the 23,544 soldiers and 3,117 civilians who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure Israel's continued existence with security and prosperity. Today we all keep the families of the fallen in our hearts.... Read More
It's that time of year when we are trying to use up all the leftover Matzah. Passover Popovers are delicious breakfast(or any time of day) treat sure to use up your Matzah stores until next year.... Read More
We 're having a little Passover fun this week. Stop at the welcome desk to get your scavenger hunt list.... Read More
On September 4, 1972 the Olympic village in Munich, West Germany, was as any other day celebrating the games. But early morning, September 5 that peace was shattered when armed gunmen from the Palestinian terrorist group Black September broke into the village and forced their way into one of the Israeli apartments taking 5 hostages. When the terrorists entered a second apartment, wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg struggled with them before being shot to death. Weightlifter Yossef Romano attacked next but was also fatally shot. A total of nine Israeli coaches and athletes were taken hostage.... Read More
The Declaration of Independence was signed 239 years ago on July 4, 1776 by many men, all of whom were not Jewish. Though there are no Jewish people who signed the document, there remain a few who contributed greatly to the Revolutionary war and its victory to America’s independent who are definitely worth noting. About 100 Jewish people participated in the Revolutionary war fighting against England.... Read More
The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Torah. Learn more about this holiday.... Read More
It seems that most people know Moses parted the sea, whether the Red or Reed sea, and lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. What were the events that lead up to Pharaoh's decision to let them go?
Here is your definitive guide to those 10 Biblical Plagues.... Read More
Grass heads are super simple and fun to make. Great for a quick project for kids. And for you adults who want to wax nostalgic, Cha Cha Chia... Read More
The braided challah, which is made with eggs, is the Jewish Sabbath‑and‑holiday bread.
It is surrounded by folklore and tradition and loaded with symbolism. On festive occasions a blessing is said over two loaves, symbolizing the two portions of the manna that was distributed on Fridays to the children of Israel during their Exodus from Egypt. The breads are covered on the table by a decorative challah cover or a white napkin, which represents the dew that collected on the manna in the morning. Poppy and sesame seeds sprinkled on the bread also symbolize the manna that fell from heaven.... Read More
The High Jewish Holidays are upon us in 2014. As we celebrate the New Year, 5775, here are just a few things about Rosh Hashanah.
Shana Tova! Here's to a sweet new year!... Read More
Tired of the Matzah yet? Here is a delicious Passover Granola Recipe to sweeten up your Passover from Shalom Stacey that is sure to delight.... Read More
Harriet and George Blank are the 2014 Committee Co-Chairs of the “Second Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel”, which takes place on Thursday, April 3, 6:30p.m. at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater. The event is open to the community and registrations are still being accepted. George Blank offered these reflections on the upcoming event…... Read More
Judith Resnik was one of the seven crew members who died in the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. She was the second American woman to travel to space, and the fourth womanworldwide. Judith was born as Judith Arlene Resnik on April 5, 1949, to her first-generation Jewish-Russian Parents.... Read More
March 2, 2014 marks the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony so we thought we would highlight Jewish Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach. Burt Freeman Bacharach, born May 12, 1928, is an American singer–songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is of German-Jewish decent.... Read More
Sometimes called the Jewish Mardi Gras, Purim is the celebration of deliverance from a plot of extermination in ancient Persia.... Read More
In the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russa, the Nation of Israel will be represented by 5 athletes.... Read More
Born Matthew Miller, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matisyahu grew up in White Plains, NY. He grew up in a household learning traditional Jewish values in Hebrew School and in Synagogue. However, as he entered his teen years, he began to rebel against these traditional values and even dropped out of high school. By the age of 16, Matisyahu started to find his way back to his Jewish roots. Seeing the void in himself, Matisyahu left White Plains for a camping trip in Colorado.... Read More
Tu B'Shevat, the new year for the trees. Learn about the hoilday the is becoming the Jewish Earth Day.... Read More
I hope you have enjoyed our 8 days of Chaunkah Blogs. Today, we wrap up with 8 Chanukah Greeatings.... Read More
In the past 6 days, we've written alot about Chanukah, shown you beautiful pictures and shared some wonderful recipes. Today, in our 7th post leading up to Chanukah, please enjoy 8 of our preschool children sharing their thoughts on food, family and presents.... Read More
Chanukah is not just about latkes and donuts. The is a world full of recipes for the holiday. In our sixth installment of Chanukah Blogs, here are 8 delicious recipes we found.... Read More
Hanukiahs, Dreidels and more. 8 Fun Facts about Chanukah plus 1 bonus.... Read More
As with all holidays, Chanukah is filled with memories and traditions. Some funny. Some Absurd. And some poigant. Here are 8 Chunukah memories I found around the JCC.... Read More
It's day 3 of our 8 Days of Hanukah Blogs. We scoured the web and family pictures and we found these beautiful Hanukiahs. Do you have a unique Hanukiah? Share it with us.... Read More