Upcoming Events At Hadassah Raritan Valley Chapter

General Meeting Celebrating Jewish Book Month

HIGHLAND PARK — The November meeting of Raritan Valley Hadassah will celebrate Jewish Book Month with presentations from three local Jewish authors–Judy Petsonk, Brigitte Goldstein, and Azriela Jaffe. They will speak about their careers in writing, and how their identity as Jewish women is reflected in their books. The meeting will be at the Highland Park Conservative Temple, 201 South Third Avenue, Highland Park, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Judy Petsonk is the author of “Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life.” A Library Journal review from the Amazon.com website describes the book as “Judy’s spiritual odyssey through the uniquely American “Havurah” Judaism that originated in the 1960s. She captures the fervor, passion, and sense of community of Havurah, as well as its ambiguities and lack of direction.” She is also co-author with Jim Remson of “The Intermarriage Handbook,” which is a result of having interviewed hundreds of experts: psychologists, family therapist, sociologists, religious leaders — and especially the couples themselves to provide a practical self-help book for interfaith couples.


Brigitte Goldstein is a writer, translator, and literary editor. Her most recent book is “Dina’s Lost Tribe,” just published by iUniverse.

Azriela Jaffe is the author of 24 books, with topics ranging from Holocaust memoirs to business self help, with many other topics in between. Among her titles are “Two Jews Can Still Be a Mixed Marriage,” “After the Diet Kosher Cookbook,” and “What Do You Mean You Can’t Eat in my House?” She writes a weekly column for Mishpacha magazine and teaches English composition and public speaking. A more detailed list can be found on www.azrielajaffe.com.

Chai Pushka Brunch

EDISON — Raritan Valley Hadassah will hold its Chai Pushka Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at the home of Judy and Paul Rosen, 3 Eagle Road, Edison. Donation: $18. The featured speaker is Dr. Nathan Reiss  whose Topic is “Cousin Marriage in Jewish Custom & History. ” RSVP to Judy Rosen at 732-549-2897 or Marcela Rubin at 732-388-2579.

Annual Paid-up Membership Dinner

HIGHLAND PARK — Reserve your place. Raritan Valley Hadassah will hold its Annual Paid-up Membership Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Highland Park Conservative Temple, 201 South Third Avenue, Highland Park. Couvert $20, payable to Hadassah,Mail along with your name – printed clearly to Rose Reiss, 308 Wayne Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904.  Details to follow.

Raritan Valley Hadassah Early Morning Walking Group

HIGHLAND PARK — The hot weather is gone and the invigorating weather is here, so join in any Tuesday morning for a brisk 3-mile walk around Highland Park. Meeting Place: Highland Park Post Office on Raritan Avenue. Time: 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays.  For more information and to RSVP, (so the group knows to look for you at the post office) contact Rachel Weintraub at 732-819-9298 or rachel@weintraubworld.net.

Book Group

Raritan Valley Hadassah’s Book Group is presently reading “The Pity of It All,” by Amos Elon. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 PM. For meeting place and further information, call Gustine Matt at 732-545-3147.

Chix with Stix

Chix with Stix, Raritan Valley Hadassah’s knitting group which knits hat for premies and ill babies in local hospitals as well as hospitals in Israel, will meet Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8:15 p.m. For meeting place and further information, please call Natalie Herbin at 732-339-8492. If you would like to join in this worthwhile project by knitting at home, call Tillie Pass at 732-572-0753. Tillie and Natalie thank all their knitters for the beautiful knit hats and blankets. Words cannot express all the joy and smiles these items bring into the lives of the recipients.

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