Getting Together Against Hate

With hate on the rise, Federation is committed to amplifying our Jewish community’s messages and increasing its impact in addressing bias and intolerance, as well as promoting interfaith discourse. We are encouraged to see many local organizations responding constructively with educational and dialogue-related programs that generate awareness and solutions. 

The following programs are taking place in the coming days and weeks – right here in the heart of New Jersey. I hope you will attend so you can join us in collectively fighting hate and promoting interfaith relations across the community. As more organizations share information on related programs, we will be forwarding this information, as well. Thank you for enabling this community to come together. Thank you for getting involved.

All my best,
Rabbi Marc Kline
Chair of Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ Interfaith Initiatives


  • The Current State of Anti-Semitism
    Feb. 20, 1PM, Jewish Family Services, Monroe Twp., $5
    Join Peter Hercky, Adjunct Professor at Rutgers and Kean Universities at the School of Communication and Information, as he presents, "There Is Still So Much Evil: Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews." LEARN MORE
  • Interfaith Youth Trip to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 
    Feb. 18, 6:15AM, Temple B'nai Shalom, East Brunswick
    For the 15th year in a row, the Daniel Pearl Education Center will send another group of 6th-8th graders from local synagogues and other houses of worship to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The day will conclude with a talk back with a Holocaust survivor. LEARN MORE
  • Interfaith Mental Health First Aid
    Feb. 19 & 21, 5PM, Congregation B'nai Israel, Rumson, $50
    Learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, offered by the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, spearheaded by Rev. Joe Gratzel of First Baptist Church of Manasquan, and hosted by Congregation B'nai Israel. LEARN MORE
  •  Empowering Our Kids
    Feb. 24, 9AM, Neve Shalom Hebrew School, Metuchen, Free 
    When anti-Semitism is in our own backyard, how do our children respond? Facilitators from "Kids Bridge" will share workshops with 5th-8th graders and their parents about what to do and say if they are called anti-Semitic names or see others harassed. LEARN MORE
  • A Leap of (Inter)Faith
    Mar. 3, 7PM, Congregation Sons of Israel, Manalapan
    Rabbi Pilavin and his interfaith colleagues will mark the first anniversary of their Federation-sponsored Interfaith Israel Mission. Hear as religious leaders reflect back on their shared journey and what they learned from their time together. LEARN MORE
  • Antisemitism Here and Now
    Mar. 31, 5PM, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, Free
    Rutgers University presents Deborah Lipstadt. The noted Holocaust historian and subject of the feature film "Denial," will speak about her new work on identifying and combating anti-Semitism today. REGISTER
  • Rutgers Remembers
    Apr. 10, 12PM, Winants Hall, New Brunswick
    Join students and faculty at this interfaith gathering to celebrate the lives of Rutgers students who passed away this year. LEARN MORE
  • Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Program
    May 1, 7PM, JCC of Middlesex County, Edison
    Join together with the entire community in readings and songs to remember all those who perished in the Holocaust, presented by Metuchen-Edison Area Interfaith Clergy and JCC of Middlesex County. LEARN MORE



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