Organizations


We are an ever-expanding group of women of all ages who enjoy each other’s company. We learn, teach, share, cook, socialize, and perform good deeds to support each other and our synagogue in ways that give us pride and fulfillment. Together we help make our synagogue a warm and comfortable place in which to worship, congregate, celebrate, learn, study, shop, and "shmooze".


We plan interesting programs and events, prepare Kiddush luncheons for the holidays and provide a "helping hand" through our Yad L’Yad committee. This committee of volunteers help members in need with rides to appointments, running errands, shopping, and visits. We are affiliated with the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and actively participate in regional and national activities. Through the WLCJ we support the Torah Fund campaign which ensures the continuing education of conservative rabbis, cantors and educators at the Jewish Theological Seminaries in the US and abroad.

There are always abundant opportunities to participate whether you want to be active or drop-in when time permits. Look for our flyers and informative e-mails. Come as you are and find a comfortable spot in our Sisterhood.

Click below for more information on:

Application for Membership

Our Sisterhood Board

SCRIP - An Important Fund Raiser

Synagogue Gift Shop

Torah Fund/ Torah Pin

Yad L’Yad - The Helping Hand Sisterhood Mitzvah Committee

If you have any questions, please contact us at Sisterhood@bnaishalom.net.

Upcoming Events


The Men's Club at B'nai Shalom promotes cameraderie among the male members of the synagogue. Services are provided in numerous ways to the congregation, from high holiday ushering or leading Tzedakkah projects to cleanup details aimed at beautifying and organizing our premises. The Men's Club has always been available to meet the needs of the synagogue. In addition to providing services the Men's Club also directs its efforts towards light-hearted fun activities, such as socializing, playing cards, and attending sports events. For additional information please contact the Men's club president, David Gleaner at MensClub@bnaishalom.net.

Upcoming Events


The B'nai Shalom Social Action Committee creates hands-on outreach projects that benefit less fortunate neighbors in our community. We accomplish our mission by focusing on collecting food and clothing for a variety of charitable causes, and by offering assistance where and when we know it is needed.


Project Isaiah is our food collection project each Kol Nidre night. Members are asked to bring bags of non-perishable foods to be donated to feed the hungry in our neighboring towns. These are shared with the Kosher Food Pantry in South Orange or the Food Bank at Holy Trinity Church in West Orange.

Volunteering at the Kosher Food Pantry - A few times a year we are assigned a date to pack bags of food at the Kosher Food Pantry in South Orange. Adults and teens help to sort items, pack bags and distribute the bags to those in need in the area.

Soup Kitchen Project - We host a soup kitchen twice a year at a local church in West Orange, where we serve freshly cooked holiday meals to as many as 150 patrons. Our members prepare meals, bake desserts, shop for drinks and gifts and help to set-up, serve and clean up after the meal. We also have volunteers provide musical entertainment during the holiday meal. If you are interested in helping please e-mail SoupKitchen@bnaishalom.net.

Men's Club Toy Drive - each fall we collect toys and school supplies for children that are distributed to The Rachel Coalition for battered women sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Greater MetroWest or Central Jersey. For additional information e-mail MensClub@bnaishalom.net.

Career Gear Clothing drive - Men's Club coordinated a suit drive to collect and donate appropriate business attire for men who need clothing for job interviews and the workplace.

Yad L'yad – B'nai Shalom's Sisterhood offers a helping hand to members and those in the community who are facing a difficult time. Their corps of warm volunteers is ready to help with food, shopping, companionship, local transportation to appointments and more.

USY Pasta Graggers for Tikkun Olam – Each year on Purim, our youth group chapter sells boxes of pasta to be used as graggers and raise money to improve the world.

Back 2 School Event – Each summer, B'nai Shalom hosts the National Council for Jewish Women's Back to School Event. Our facility is transformed into a huge clothing store and personal shoppers volunteer to assist children, in need, to select clothing and school supplies for the coming school year.

Saving Lives through Blood Drives - B'nai Shalom hosts and supports Blood Drives for Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that supplies blood and blood products to help patients in over 20 hospitals in New Jersey and New York. Several times a year you will see the Bloodmobile parked in our circular driveway. Know that those between the ages of 16 and 75 years, who are in good health, are invited to donate blood and/or platelets to help save a life at any time of year. You will need to provide an official form of identification and those under 18 are required to submit a parental consent form. Check the B'nai Shalom calendar for the upcoming schedule and download the flyer for further information.

Kadima

Our Kadima program, which is run by Ari Kampel, is a integral part of our Youth Programming. It is the junior organization to the USY.

Kadima is an international youth organization for Jewish middle school students. Sponsored by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Kadima has so much to offer.

On the chapter level (5th to 8th grade), West Orange Kadima offers a variety of events including holiday parties, crazy competitions, and local trips.

On the regional level (6th to 8th grade), Hagalil offers conventions, dances, and other fun activities throughout the year where ‘Kadimaniks’ meet other pre-teens from all over New Jersey.

Kadima is the perfect environment for young teens to explore their Jewish culture and connect with other teens who share cultural values. Participation in Kadima will broaden a child’s outlook by allowing him/her the opportunity to make Jewish friends, not only in your neighborhood and community, but also all over Northern and Central New Jersey and even beyond. Kadima youth programs teach leadership skills, and will enable the ‘Kadimaniks’ to grow and develop in a unique way, while giving them the opportunity to embrace and more fully understand their Jewish heritage….AND IT’S FUN!!!

For more information about how to join West Orange Kadima, send an email to director@bnaishalom.net! You can also follow us on our Facebook page by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you!

USY


B’nai Shalom is the proud home of West Orange USY (WOUSY), the local chapter of an international youth group for Conservative Jewish teenagers. USY is for teenagers in 9th through 12th grade and is the natural progression from our Kadima program.

WOUSY has grown and thrived over the past few years: since 2014, the chapter has been named the Hagalil (Northern New Jersey region) USY Chapter of the Year; has raised over $3,000 dollars for Tzedakah; and has hosted three regional events, each of which was attended by over 250 USYers.

WOUSY regularly holds events, ranging from holiday parties to crazy competitions to bowling and lounge nights. All of the events revolve around social action, tikkun olam (repairing the world through Mitzvot), Jewish education and practice, and the State of Israel. USY events provide high schoolers the chance to learn and to build close friendships that will last a lifetime!

WOUSY can remain one of the best chapters in the Hagalil region, but not without your help. Chapter membership is open to all high school students who are members of B'nai Shalom, or who belong to a synagogue without a USY chapter. Membership guarantees free or discounted admission to all WOUSY events, and the opportunity to attend all regional and international events. If you want to sign up or know anyone who might be interested, just email USY@bnaishalom.net or search for West Orange USY on Facebook.

Hokhmah - Wisdom; Ziknah - Maturity; Kadimah - Looking Ahead

HAZAK is the mature adult group at B'nai Shalom and we are affiliated with, and received a charter from, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's organization for mature adults, designed to meet the social, educational and religious needs of the population 55 years of age and older. We take part in regional and national programs, such as HAZAK Camp and trips to Israel for active adults.

HAZAK at B'nai Shalom has received two Solomom Schechter Awards for Synagogue Excellence from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In 2007 we received Honorable Mention and in 2009 we received the Silver Award presented at the national convention.

We meet the second Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise specified, at 12 noon. Bring a dairy or pareve lunch, and dessert will be served. Programs include very interesting talks on enlightened subjects, enjoyable entertainment and trips to varios places such as the Jewish museum in Newark. We are now in our ninth year and growing. In September we have a paid-up membership catered luncheon, in December we celebrate Hannukah and in June we close with a catered luncheon.

HaZak

Our dues are only $20.00 per person for the year which covers our September luncheon, celebrations, meeting desserts, etc. If you are or know of a Jewish adult, not a member of HAZAK, tell them about HAZAK and invite them to join us, or call the synagogue office at 973-731-0160 with their name and phone number and we will get right back to them.