The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, which was formed from the Jan. 1 merger of the Monmouth and Greater Middlesex federations, will mark its first year together at “Sharing the Light,” the organization’s first annual meeting and Hanukka party, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge.
Community members are invited to the event, which will include a menora lighting, dinner — with latkes — and wine. Also slated are presentations of results of the merger, installation of new officers, financial reporting, and recognition of individuals who made an impact in the Jewish community this year.
“In the year since the merger took effect, we have achieved many milestones,” said federation president Mitch Frumkin. “On Dec. 9, we will share these successes, set our sights on smart ways to meet ongoing needs, and shine a light on our vision for a community thriving together.” Partner organizations, such as synagogues, social service agencies, and schools, will be recognized for contributions to the following: security for Jewish organizations, teen leadership development, camp scholarships, Israel travel grants and missions, enrichment for preschoolers, bereavement and hospital visitation support, and safety nets for the vulnerable.
Federation CEO Keith Krivitzky said the evening’s title is an acknowledgement of federation’s work and the celebration of the Festival of Lights. In keeping with the theme, the federation is taking part in a national initiative called “The Fifth Night,” which encourages people to give a gift to those in need on the fifth night of the holiday. Community members are invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child by Dec. 15 at: Congregation B’nai Tikvah, North Brunswick; Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls; Congregation Neve Shalom, Metuchen; Temple Beth Ahm, Aberdeen; Temple Beth Miriam, Elberon; or federation offices in South River. Toys may also be brought to the Dec. 9 event.
Couvert is $36. Registration is required by Dec. 3; go to jewishheartnj.org/light or call 732-588-1800.