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- Holocaust Genocide Studies
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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.
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Bound Brook) – Our services are a blend of English and Hebrew, communal song and prayer. Friday night services, held year-round, start at 8 pm and are followed by an Oneg Shabbat and socializing. The Cantor joins us one Friday a month to lead us in song; and several Friday services during the year are Instrumental Music Shabbats. Saturday Morning Services are held once a month, starting at 9:30 am and followed by Torah study and luncheon. Saturday morning services also are held when Religious Students become Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
Or Chadash (Flemington) – Friday nights throughout the year starting at 7 pm (except when special programs are planned). There is a monthly Shabbat service geared toward families with young children, and throughout the year, there are special Family Services which include Religious School students’ participation. Bar & Bat Mitzvah Services are held Saturday mornings at 10 am and Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm.
Adult Education, Or Chadash (Flemington) – Members join Rabbi Forman monthly for Kup O’ Joe to discuss Jewish thought, practices and world events. OC Reads – members read a variety of Jewish-themed books; discussions are held by the Rabbi and other members/guest speakers.
Or Chadash (Flemington) – Grades K – 2 meet on Sundays from 10:15 am-12 pm; Grades 3 – 6 meet on Sundays from 9 am – 12 pm. Grade 7 meets on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm; Grades 8 – 10 meet 1-2 Thursdays a month from 6:30 – 8:15 pm for dinner and a program. Temple Tots, a parent/child Jewish content playgroup, meets one Sunday a month from 11 to 12 noon and gives young families and their children the opportunity to socialize in the Temple setting. The Confirmation students are involved in Tefillah (weekly worship services), music, arts and crafts, library and other special activities chosen to enrich holiday celebrations or curricular themes. The program includes a trip to Washington D.C., to participate in the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
The curriculum for younger grades focuses on holidays, prayers, practices, rituals, and Bible stories. The Jewish Studies curriculum includes life cycle, Torah, Israel, values, Jewish heroes, holidays, activities of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) through a Jewish lens, and modern Jewish history. Students learn the Hebrew of the synagogue service, study Jewish history and ideas, and learn to love being Jewish.
Camp Gan Israel of Hunterdon County (Flemington) – for ages 3-13. Four 1-week programs (M-F), 9 am – 3:30 pm. Extended care available 7:15 am – 6 pm. Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camping experience.
Chabad Hebrew School (Clinton) – Kindergarten through Grade 7. Meets during the scholastic year on Sundays. Our Hebrew reading program begins with letter recognition for our youngest children. Grades 1 through 7 use the Cap It! Learn to Read Hebrew program. Our goal is that upon graduation, every child will be fluent in and comfortable with reading Hebrew, especially the common parts of the liturgy. Lessons on each Jewish holiday fill the calendar as we proceed from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays through Chanukah, Purim, Passover and the festival of Shavuot. Prayer time focuses on the study and understanding of prayer and the Siddur (prayer book). They also learn wonderful songs both from the liturgy as well as songs about Jewish life and traditions.
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.
Arts and Nature Camp at Zimmer Preschool – Runs from late June through August. Sessions are 2 to 8 weeks, 3-day or 5-day options. 9 am – 2 pm, extended hours 7 am to 6 pm. For children 18 months – 5 years. Infant program available for 6 weeks – 18 months (limited spaces). Early day option for children 3 and under: 9 am – 12:30 pm.
JCC (Bridgewater) – Fridays at 3:30 PM. Come together for Shabbat prayers, candle lighting, and enjoy challah and grape juice. It’s a great way to wind down from your busy work/school week. During the summer months, our Shabbat celebration is held at 5 pm poolside at the Summer Swim Club. Tot Shabbat – 10:30 – 11:15 am on the last Friday of every month. Free to JCC Members; $5 per day/family. Bring your child or grandchild and join in the Shabbat fun with candle lighting, Kiddush, and yummy challah. Listen to a PJ Library story and participate in a craft project. Socialize and meet other families in our community. The program is suited for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Har Shalom (Warren) – Our services blend traditional liturgy with modern readings to provide a significant Jewish worship experience. Our Cantor provides music at Shabbat services as well as on holidays and other celebrations. Under the direction of the Cantor we have a volunteer congregational choir and a Youth Choir. Shabbat and the Festivals are conducted from the Reform movement’s new Mishkan T’Filah siddur.
- Friday nights Erev Shabbat services
- September through June at 6:30 pm (start times vary, please check calendar),
- 1st Fridays at 7 pm: Family Services geared towards families with children ages 6-12.
- Summer: selected Fridays at 7 pm, held at an outdoor location
- Saturday Shabbat morning services at 10 am, and afternoon services at 5 pm. At Saturday services one or more students may be called to the Torah for the first time as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Temple Har Shalom (Warren) – Kindergarten through 6 grade meets Sunday mornings. Grades 3-6 also have Hebrew classes Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and Grades 7-12 meet Wednesdays from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Torah Tots is an informal educational program for children ages 3-5 and their parents. Programs are FREE to attend and open to the entire community: members, non-members and families, regardless of their religious backgrounds.
Mountain Top School at Temple Har Shalom (Warren) – offers infant and toddler programs, Mommy and Me, pre-school programs, after school enrichments, beforecare and aftercare. Mountain Top School is a private, not-for profit organization. While we offer an education rooted in Jewish values, we welcome all families regardless of religion or ethnicity to our community to promote a multicultural environment.
Temple Sholom (Bridgewater) – Our Shabbat and Holiday services are participatory, engaging, and attract a regular group of worshippers of all ages. Lively melodies help us keep our reputation as “the singing congregation”. New participants are always welcome, and there are ample opportunities for learning and individual participation.
• Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat – 8 pm.
• Last Friday of the month – Likrat Shabbat Family Service – 6:45 pm.
• Saturday Morning Services – 9:30 am.
Beth-El (Hillsborough) – Friday services at 8 pm.
• 2nd Fridays: Family Shabbat Service at 7 pm. Engages both the children and parents in the worship experience. Usually shorter than our regular Shabbat services. Our children’s choir participates in this service.
• 3rd Fridays: Erev Shabbat Service with the Choir.
• 4th Fridays: Shabbat B’shir with the Tefilah Band.
• Summer Fridays: Lay-led services.
• Shabbat Morning Service every Saturday (September – June) at 10 am.
Kehilat Shalom (Belle Mead) – Friday evenings at 7:30 pm. 1st Fridays: family service at 7 pm. Onegs with challah, wine, and dessert follow each Shabbat service. Service formats may include: a meditation and chanting service; the Rabbi’s Tisch, consisting of dinner and discussion of topical subjects; Kehiloft services led by our teens. Saturday morning services are held when B’nai Mitzvah are celebrated, as well as on other special occasions. Havdalah services, to conclude Shabbat, are occasionally held on Saturday evenings.
Chabad of Greater Somerset County (Basking Ridge) – Friday evening services at 6:30 pm in the autumn/winter and 7:30 pm in the spring/summer. Services last approximately 1 hour. On the 1st Friday of every month, services are followed with an Oneg Shabbat, with home-made challah, chicken-matzah ball soup, and camaraderie! Also on 1st Fridays Youth Services begin at 5:30 pm in the autumn/winter seasons, and 6:30 pm in spring/summer. Shabbat Morning services from 9:30 am until shortly after noon, and a Kiddush luncheon follows services. We run a traditional service, with readings in Hebrew (our Prayerbook has a contemporary English translation). Prior knowledge isn’t assumed, and a typical group includes people who presently have little Jewish connection. Our cantor’s rich voice, and our rabbi’s inspiring “talks,” enable us to unplug from life’s static and connect with our deeper selves.
Breitman Family Chabad Hebrew School (Chabad Jewish Center at Basking Ridge) – Kindergarten through Grade 7. Meets during the scholastic year on Sundays from 9 – 11:30 am, and on Wednesdays 4:30 – 6 pm for grades 6-7. Explores Judaism in a fun and meaningful way, and strengthens students’ “Jewish connection” through hands-on activities (cooking, crafts, song, art), discussions, and texts. Uses the acclaimed Aleph-Champ Hebrew reading program. We developed and published our own curriculum, which has been translated into multiple languages and is utilized globally. We have a unique approach to Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, and the “training” and preparation towards the event.
Camp Ruach at the JCC (Bridgewater) – for children in grades K through 9. Runs 8 weeks, starting in late June. 9 am – 4 pm; half days for children 2-4. Early Care and Late Stay available. At Camp Ruach, we are committed to our Jewish heritage, identity, and values and are also very proud to be a non-sectarian and diverse center – open to all children and families. We encourage individuals of all faiths, cultures, genders, religions, financial status, and background to be a part of our camp family.
Adult Education, Temple Beth-El (Hillsborough) – Learning doesn’t end when you age out of religious school. We believe it’s a life-long process that nourishes the mind, the heart, and the soul. Beth-El offers a host of adult education opportunities that connect us more deeply with our Judaism and with each other.
Temple Beth-El (Hillsborough) – Sunday mornings from 9 to 11 am for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade six. Afternoon Hebrew School meets on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We designed our religious school program to meet our children where they are emotionally and intellectually, starting with our youngest learners (three and four years old) through our high-schoolers in Post Confirmation.
Hebrew High – Temple Shalom (Bridgewater) – For teens in 8th-12th grade. Meets on Wednesday evenings from mid-October until the beginning of May. The program focuses on Theology, Israel, Tikkun Olam and how Jewish values inform our actions, as well as looking at what Judaism has to say about how to navigate important relationships in our lives. For more information, please email Ilene Cohen.
Zimmer School – (Basking Ridge) serves infants, preschoolers, kindergarten with full and half-day options. Our methodology is shaped by the shared values of Judaism, and Constructivist approaches to early childhood including Reggio Emelia and Montessori. Children learn in a creative, respectful and evocative learning environment, growing into self-aware, empathetic, literate, and capable learners for life.
Stein Hospice offers compassionate, individualized hospice care to patients experiencing a life-limiting illness, and support to their families. They provide care wherever the patient lives and is most comfortable, whether at home, nursing home facility, or assisted living residence. The team of hospice professionals works to relieve pain and suffering and to address the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each patient and his or her loved ones and caregivers.
Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the JCC
The Memorial and Education Center, located in the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, honors the Survivors of our community of Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and surrounding counties, all who perished in the Holocaust, and all the Righteous and Liberators.
The Center recognizes the Descendants, the Second Generation and all to come in our community, so they may continue to tell the story in the Voices of the Descendants registry.
The Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center, part of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University, provides public programs on the Holocaust, racism, and genocide; teacher training; resources for scholars, teachers and students; and access to USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life works closely with the Rutgers University Department of Jewish Studies to provide educational programs for the community at large, including visiting scholars, public lectures and symposia, the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, and Jewish Studies Online (free noncredit courses).
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.