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Welcome to the Glen Rock Jewish Center

Shalom! The GRJC is a welcoming, vibrant and diverse congregation, with a strong commitment to purposeful Jewish living.


See our special COVID-19 Resource Page for information about how the GRJC is responding to this unprecedented challenge and ways you can help.

Please click HERE to view a video with important information about
GRJC membership for 2020-'21.

Our egalitarian Conservative congregational family strives to make the beauty and spirit of our Jewish tradition come alive for all of our members. As a congregation, we embrace each individual and each family. And, as a community, we are on an exciting journey of Jewish growth, exploration, and discovery.

We welcome all Jewish people and families, including spouses of other faiths, regardless of gender and orientation, as the prophet Isaiah taught, 'this house is a house of prayer for all people.'

Our synagogue blends the teachings of our Jewish heritage with the best lessons of modern culture. We are proud of our enlightening services, our commitment to social action, and our emphasis on Jewish education for people of all ages. Our Adult Education, Early Childhood Programs, and Hebrew School are flourishing.

The great Rabbi Hillel taught: "Become a part of your community" (Pirke Avot 2:5). It is our hope that you will become part of our community, and that we may all grow together.

What's Happening

Shabbat Services:

Erev Shabbat Services
Friday, July 31
8:00pm
See your email for RSVP details.

Saturday, August 1
9:00am - Shabbat Morning services.   These will be abbreviated services with a Torah teaching/discussion.
 
10:30-11:00am - Tot Shabbat
9:05pm - A beautiful Havdalah service

Check your email for Zoom links and passwords to all of these services.  If you do not receive our announcements and would like to attend, please contact office@grjc.org for this information.

To learn how you can set up your computer in a way that is Shabbat-friendly, please refer to this video by Rabbi Sam Blustin, in which he walks you through the steps described in Appendix III on page 33 of this paper written by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards regarding use of electronics on Shabbat.
                        
For directions for Zoom, click HERE.  If you do not have access to a computer you may dial into the services by your location  +1 929 205 6099 US (New York).

GRJC Fundraiser:
Foster Village Friday Night Shabbat Dinner Package
Pick-Up @ GRJC: Friday, August 21
Cost is $115 for six-person package

Menu:
Roasted chicken
Meatballs in brown gravy
Your choice of egg barley OR kasha varnishkas
Health salad
Noodle kugel
Challah

You may place your order HERE.

Friday, August 7
6:30pm
Erev Shabbat Tailgate Service
@ GRJC Parking Lot

GRJC Book of Remembrance 5781
Please click the link below to submit your entry by Monday, August 10, 2020:
https://www.grjc.org/form/book-of-remembrance-5781.html

Our Book of Remembrance, used for Yizkor services throughout the year, is published annually to honor and remember our beloved departed.
This year, because we will not be able to all gather together in person, we have added something special to our Book of Remembrance.  Anyone who makes an entry has the option of including a personal dedication/tribute on behalf of their family, for an additional donation of $18.  Please see details in the form below.
In addition, there will be both digital and printed versions of the Book this year.

Please note : you MUST submit a form and donation for this year's Book of Remembrance in order for the entry to be included.  We will not automatically print a previous year's entry without your form and payment.

Family Promise Walk-In Hackensack Shelter Dinner
Monday, August 17
5:30pm
Thank so much to all of those who made monetary donations previosly.  Because of your generosity, we have more than enough to cover food and supplies for this upcoming dinner!
We will need:
- Two or three shoppers;
- Two or three people to quarter cooked chickens;
- Four to six people to cook rice and beans, and put in trays.  Preferably also store and reheat the day of the dinner;
- Three or four people to put frozen vegetables in trays and reheat the day of the dinner;
- Four to six people to bag desserts individually;
3-4 people to transport 3.00 on the day
Possibly 1 or 2 people to plate food for distribution 

Please contact Terri Caust at tmcaust@aol.com if you would like to volunteer for any of the above or to help at the shelter during dinner that night.

Blood Drive @ GRJC
Wednesday, August 19
10:00am-3:00pm
Click HERE to register to donate and help save a life.


Additional Opportunities in the Community:

Moment’s Guide to the Global Pandemic
In this time of uncertainty, Moment magazine (an independent, unaffiliated Jewish publication which covers Jewish politics, religion and culture) provides fact checked news, resources and analysis—plus some lighter fare—to help us make it through the crisis together. Click HERE for the latest.

Resources from The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
Check out this resource guide for Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties. We encourage you to use it to find a helping hand, guidance and/or support for you, your family or your friends and neighbors. It is organized into four categories:
- Food and Nutrition, including Senior Services
- Economic Relief
- Mental Health Services
- Domestic Violence

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center offers one-session online classes twice daily, from 10:30 to 11:45 am and from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, via Zoom as well as streaming on the Temple’s livestream page. Click HERE for upcoming program information. Listen to past seminars HERE.

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE
Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Click HERE.

Snack & Read Live
SimonKids (Simon and Schuster Publishers) is now doing Snack & Read Live each Tuesday and Thursday on their Facebook page at 2:00 pm. The books selected are for a variety of age groups.

Glen Rock Is Never Surrendering (GRINS)
The group "Glen Rock is Never Surrendering" (GRINS)  was created to support Bergen County hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The primary goal is to deliver meals daily to hospitals, working with local restaurants.  GRINS has been collecting money from people in town and using it to buy the meals, supporting both local eateries and healthcare workers.  Employees at HUMC lost their cafeteria to make room for more beds for COVID-19 patients. If you would like to participate, please check out the group's Facebook page for contacts and information.  THANK YOU!

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