Connect with Israel

Connecting Jews in the heart of NJ with the land and people of Israel strengthens the Jewish family worldwide. The Federation fosters ways to learn about, bond with, and care for Israel that are fascinating, meaningful, and fun – and we're proud to support people of all ages and interests in building bridges with Israel.


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Israel Events

Learn about Israel, meet Israelis, immerse yourself in Israeli culture at a lecture, concert, film screening, dinner, and more. Check the community calendar for something that suits you. And if you know of an Israel-themed event that's not listed, anyone can submit an event to the calendar. See you there!

Community-Wide Israel Event, May 8

Celebrate Israel as "One Community, One People" on Wed., May 8, at Congregation Sons of Israel in Manalapan. From commemoration to celebration, come together to honor the sacrifices of Israeli soliders and civilians made in defense of the Jewish homeland on Yom Hazikaron. After sundown, we'll transition into celebration recognizing Israeli independence for Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Celebrate Israel
Parade, June 2

On Sunday, June 2, show your pride and march in the Heart of NJ cluster as we celebrate 71 years of Israeli independence. This year's theme: Only in Israel! Rak B'Yisrael! Buses will depart from Monmouth and Middlesex locations.


Teen Ambassadors

Meet Maya and Dana, Israeli Teen Ambassadors. Arriving this fall in the heart of New Jersey, get to know Israel – with them! For an entire year, they will be putting on exciting programs throughout Greater Middlesex and Monmouth counties. 


Travel to

There is no better way to connect with Israel than being there. The Federation invites you to join us on a community journey to Israel. You'll be wowed by its natural beauty, history, and spirituality as well as its innovation, world-class cuisine, culture, beach scene, and nightlife. On a Federation trip, discover all the magic of Israel while bonding with friends and neigbors from your own heart of NJ home.

Shalom Hartman Institute

The famed Shalom Hartman Institute comes to 12 locations in the heart of New Jersey. Its courses, Israel Milestones and Their Meaning, and Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict elevate scholarly adult education about religious pluralism, Israeli democracy, and Israel's relationships with world Jewry and other faith communities


Jerusalem U
Media Lab

Jerusalem U's Media Lab puts learning at your fingertips. The FREE online resource offers unlimited access to Stand Up for Israel classes, videos, study materials, and more. In addition, FREE and unlimited access to all of its new professional development content for eucators and community leaders is also available.

Children's Books
about Israel

PJ Library brings FREE, age-appropriate books with Jewish themes to children age 6-months to 8-years-old, and PJ Our Way brings a more grown-up book club experience to tweens age 9-12. Many titles teach young people about Israel. If you have or know a child up to age 12, make sure they're subscribed to PJ or PJ Our Way.

Pop Culture


Israel is much more than politics, history, religion. Israeli pop culture, high-tech innovation, arts, commerce, cuisine, and adventure are setting trends all over the world. Get an insider look at what's hot in Israel today. Those who know are sharing it From the Grapevine.


Meet Some of the People We Help in Israel

The Federation cares for, connects with, and commits to our extrended Jewish family in Israel, as well as responding when their lives are affected in times of crisis.