Our Community

We hope this will be a resource for people new to the community along with people who have been here forever. If you're just getting started or entering a new stage of life... you're welcome here.

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  • Young Families

PJ Library

Something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children.

PJ Library provides stories with Jewish ideas and inspiration to share with your children.  310 children in Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties receive free, award-winning books from the PJ Library.

PJ Library is for families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, family make-up, or level of observance.

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Case Management Services for Seniors

JFS Case Management includes supportive counseling, problem solving, caregiver support, resource information and linkage to community services as needed. <link>

Senior Family Mentor Program

JFS –
A volunteer visitation program matching trained and caring community volunteers with homebound, frail seniors for weekly home visits. A social worker provides case management services to the older adult and supervises the volunteers who make a year commitment to the program.

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Inclusion – Temple Beth-El

Temple Beth-El offers alternative classroom options for those students who need a more individualized approach to learning. Religious School faculty are educated to the needs of children with special needs. In addition, curriculum modifications, one-to-one teenage teaching assistants, and other arrangements are made where needed. They work with each family to create a successful educational experience for every child.

Inclusion – Temple Sholom

Temple Sholom’s Inclusion Committee promotes the full inclusion, appreciation, and participation of members of all abilities in the spiritual, educational, celebratory, and life events at the synagogue.  The temple has a space with quiet activities for use during High Holidays and other large congregational events, and hearing amplification units for use in the sanctuary. Services are provided for learners with all abilities for formal and informal education programming.

Holocaust Survivor Programs – JFS

Café Europa – a social group for Holocaust survivors. Café Europa offers speakers, discussions, and entertainment, giving its members an opportunity to meet new people with similar backgrounds and providing a setting for them to share stories, experiences, and concerns. For more information, or to register, contact Jewish Family Service at 908-725-7799.

Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program – services include home health care, companion services, mental health counseling, and case management services. Jews living in New Jersey, who resided in European countries that were subject to Nazi rule and control between 1933 and 1945, are eligible for assistance.

Adult Programs at the JCC

Adult Programs at the JCC – classes, concerts, trips to shows, etc.

Senior Lunches at the JCC

Senior Lunches at the JCC – Wednesdays 12 – 2 pm. Enjoy a delicious Kosher lunch, entertainment, topical discussions, and conversation. For reservations, please call 908-443-9018 to reserve your spot. Lunch served at 12 pm, followed by Program at 1 pm. Fee: $7.00, $5.00 for JCC Members.

Senior Fitness Classes

Senior Fitness Classes at the JCC – includes Aqua Fitness, Chair Yoga, Fitness Boxing, Cardio Circuit, Strength and Fall Prevention, Silver Vibe, and Zumba Gold.

Summer Memberships at the JCC

Summer Memberships at the JCC  available for College Students age 18-23 at a reduced rate. Runs May 15 to August 31, and includes unlimited use of the Fitness Center, Group Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, and Gymnasium.

Renaissance – Beth-El

Renaissance (Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough) – for congregants 50 years old and up who delight in sharing the joys of Judaism, the culture of our region, and the company of other mature Jewish members of the community. Outings have included visits to the lower East Side of Manhattan, museums, gardens, ballgames, the theater, and meals at local restaurants.

Kehilat Shalom – Active Seniors

Empty Nesters Social Group (Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead)  – monthly cultural and fun activities include visits to museums, restaurants, potlucks, etc.

Wilf Transport 

Wilf Transport  (part of the Wilf Campus for Senior Living) is a community transportation providing curb-to curb transportation to keep seniors active and mobile. If necessary, door-to-door service can be provided when arranged in advance. The program provides assisted nonmedical, social, and quality-of-life transportation for seniors and individuals with special needs who are over the age of 18, living in their homes or at assisted living facilities throughout the community.

Wilentz Senior Residence

Wilentz Senior Residence  (part of the Wilf Campus for Senior Living) offers tenants the privacy of their own apartments, the peace of mind of a secure, staffed senior housing building, and the convenience and fun of many on-site residential living services and activities. Wilentz is a HUD-subsidized residence open to anyone who is at least 62 years or older or requires the special features of handicapped-accessible units for the mobility impaired.

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival – presented by the Bildner Center for Jewish Life, held each year in October/November.

Jewish Studies – Senior Audit Program

Rutgers University Jewish Studies – Senior Audit Program – Retired New Jersey residents, age 62 or older, can audit Jewish Studies courses on a space-available, noncredit basis. There are no tuition costs for auditing courses.

Jewish Studies Program at Rutgers

The Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University offers undergraduates a major or minor in Jewish studies.

JAQs

JAQs – a student-run group at Rutgers University, providing a forum for Jewish, Queer, Trans, and Ally students to discuss relevant topics and build connections.

Youth Groups

Bridgewater USY “BrUSY” (Temple Sholom) – for students in 9th – 12th grades.  Activities emphasize all areas of Jewish identity, incorporating Israel awareness, Social Action/Tikun Olam (saving the world), and religious/educational aspects into events. Students plan and enjoy social and fun events, as well as co-hosting the annual Purim carnival, and participating in the numerous regional dances and/or weekend long conventions. Contact the USY advisor at bridgewaterusy@gmail.com.

CTeens – (Chabad – Basking Ridge) part of the international CTeen network for Jewish high-schoolers. They hold monthly meetings, take recreational trips with other regional chapters, and have an International Shabbaton weekend in New York.

CTeens and JewCrew – (Chabad – Hunterdon County) part of the international CTeen network for Jewish high-schoolers.  CTeen has monthly meetings, and attends an International Shabbaton weekend in New York.  JewCrew is a society for 8th graders to socialize and have fun, while doing local community service.  All meetings feature fun and interactive games and activities, volunteering, and Jewish heritage learning.

Kehiloft (Kehilat Shalom – Belle Meade) – post Bar/Bat Mitzvah youth group.  A five year educational and leadership program, with the goals of creating a  friendly, welcoming and supportive mixed age group of Jewish students; expanding and deepening the students’ exploration of Judaism; developing leaders through becoming Kehiloft student board members, leading Shabbat services, and initiating projects; and community service.

Or Chadash Temple Youth Group – OCTY (Flemington) – open to 8-12th graders to engage in fun and social action activities. Food drives, fundraisers, and Tzedakkah are a main focus; they also have movie and game nights, dinners, carnivals, parties and more. Teens are also invited to volunteer as a Teaching Assistant within our religious school.

Youth Groups at Temple Har Shalom (Warren) – Club Yelad’im  for 2nd & 3rd graders;  Giva’ot for 4th & 5th graders; Club 678 for 6th – 8th graders; HSTY for 9th-12th graders. 6 – 12 graders participate in NFTY-GER programming.


Hagalil – the New Jersey region of USY (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Youth Movement), offers high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in various Jewish and social activities while forming friendships that will last a lifetime.

NFTY-GER – the Garden/Empire Region of the North American Federation of Temple Youth, builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.

The Greater Jersey Hudson River Region of BBYO – the leading pluralistic teen movement aspires to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service.

CTeen – the Chabad Teen Network. Provides a nurturing environment where teens can learn about themselves through giving to others, identify with individuals who share the same faith, and be part of a group that focuses on building core values and stresses positive character development.

JCC Special Needs programming

Special Needs programming available at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center includes:

 

  • Adult Intern Program – social and recreational opportunities for adults with Special Needs
  • J-Zone Respite program – provides recreational fun for children with special needs, to give parents and caregivers a well-deserved break from the daily challenges of childcare.
  • J-Connects – fun and entertaining evenings for adults with Special Needs
  • Special Needs Swim program and Swim Team
  • Aphasia Communications Group
  • Aphasia Caregiver Support Group

Expanding Horizons Special Needs program

The Expanding Horizons Special Needs program offered by Jewish Family Service includes:

 

  • Young Adult Social Club
  • Social Skills Learning Group
  • Sibling Support Group
  • Parent Support Group

Camp Chaverim

Camp Chaverim at the JCC’s Camp Ruach is designed for campers with Special Needs, from age 3 through 3rd Grade

JCC Youth and Teen programs

JCC Youth & Teen Department offerings include the JCrew afterschool program and Dance School.

Jewish Organizations at College

Chabad House (Rutgers)- Provides a home-away-from-home atmosphere, with spirited meals, a listening ear, and a fun place to hang out and meet other kids.

Rutgers Hillel

JAQs (Rutgers) – a student-run group providing a forum for Jewish, Queer, Trans, and Ally students to discuss relevant topics and build connections.

Yearn to Learn

Yearn To Learn – provides high quality interactive learning experiences for retired persons in small, local group settings, to promote stimulating group interaction, self-exploration and interpersonal connection.

Family Mentor Programs

Family Mentor Program  –  Jewish Family Service offers a volunteer visitation program for families feeling overwhelmed and isolated. A licensed clinical social worker provides an initial home visit and assessment. The social worker then matches a specially trained and supervised volunteer who makes a year-long commitment to visit the family weekly/bi-weekly.

Jewish Family Programs

Jewish Family Programs at the JCC include holiday celebrations, Family Fun Nights, Movie Days, Cooking, and more.

Mental Health Care

Mental Health Outpatient Care – Jewish Family Service provides individual, couples, child, family, and group therapy.

Young Jewish Leaders

Young Jewish Leaders helps young Jewish adults (aged 25-45) connect with a broad range of educational, social, philanthropic, and leadership activities, to enhance their commitment and connection to the Jewish community. The program is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties.