Come enjoy an evening of music and inspiration when the ROC of New Jersey-the Raritan Valley Orthodox Jewish Community Organization-presents a free family concert featuring Eitan Katz on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Rutgers Chabad in New Brunswick.
Katz has released eight albums; the first two, Biglal Avos—jointly released with his brother, Shlomo–and Eilecha were produced by his cantor father, Avshalom. His other six solo albums include Lemaancha, Boruch Hu, Live in Jerusalem and Shuvu, which feature many of Katz’s original compositions. Two others, Eitan Katz Unplugged and Eitan Katz Unplugged 2, feature the nigunim of Shlomo Carlebach.
Congregation Ahavat Olam in Howell will say its goodbyes to summer and welcome the new year with a free open house and barbecue Sunday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. open to both the congregation and the Jewish community at large. The event will feature music, games and food for all ages and the opportunity to learn about the Conservative synagogue’s many exciting programs and offerings.
The synagogue is egalitarian and has a membership of between 150-200 families. It offers Hebrew school, adult education, nursery school, religious services, committee meetings, social activities, fundraisers, family celebrations and community service events.
Chabad House of Monroe will celebrate the grand opening Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. of the community’s first mikvah, or ritual bath. The program will feature a buffet lunch, music and guest speaker Dina Rosenfeld, editor-in-chief of Hachai Publishing and author of 18 children’s books.
Rosenfeld’s books include the Little Greats series, the Very Best Place for a Penny, Labels for Laibel and Five Alive, an American Jewish Library notable book in 2003. She is featured in Bread and Fire, Rivkah Slonim’s new anthology by and about Jewish women. She also conducts mikvah tours in in her Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood and workshops on a variety of Jewish topics.
The $250,000 mikvah was built with funds raised through a local fundraising campaign and the assistance of Brooklyn-based Mikvah USA, founded in 2004 by Rabbi Yitzchok Bistritzky. It has helped establish dozens of mikvahs in communities throughout the country.
For information or to attend call (609) 409-1000 or go to https://jewishmonroe.com.
Help Israeli soldiers and discover and enjoy a variety of new alcoholic beverages at WhiskeyFest 2023 presented by the Helping Israel Fund in support of Yashar LaChayal, Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Young Israel of East Brunswick. The Israel-based non-profit organization raises money for poor and lone solders without family in Israel. All the proceeds from this event will benefit Yashar LaChayal’s Ari and Sari Horowitz Fund to purchase Rosh Hashana food for needy soldiers.
Those attending can taste 35 kosher scotches, bourbons, tequilas, rums and flavored frozen alcoholic treats. Food will be provided by Smokey Bites of Teaneck. General admission is $100 per person; sponsor level is $180 and includes a 10-ounce whiskey glass with Yashar LaChayal’s logo. For information or to RSVP by Aug. 23 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If signing up via Zelle make sure contact information is included in the comments section, including phone number and e-mail address. For more information please visit https://yasharlachayal.org.