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.
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.
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!!!
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.
West Orange USY Executive Board:
- Melissa Berger - Advisor
- Matan K. and Emily B. - Presidents
- Kim R. - Israel Awareness VP
- Noah K. - Religious Education VP
- Etai B. and Ari E. - Membership/Programming VP
- Nina R. - Social Action/Tikun Olam VP
- Melanie S. - Communications VP
B'nai Shalom is proud to host Troop 365 and Pack 365, both of which are open organizations, chartered right here at B'nai Shalom. We welcome adults and scouts of any family background, without prejudice, and maintain the religious and moral standards of observant Judaism. All are welcome to join the fun! For question feel free to contact any of the leaders listed below.
Welcome to Troop 365!
Boy Scout Troop 365 meets Sundays from 5:30-6:30pm at B'nai Shalom. We have a fun year-round program of skill- and leadership-building activities. Many of of activities involve being outdoors, including camping and hiking. Our boys also engage in community service on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts.
Boys aged 12-17 (or who have completed fifth grade) are eligible to join. Contact Scoutmaster Joe Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-820-5176 for more information about the troop, including upcoming meetings and troop events.
Cub Pack 365
Welcome to Cub Pack 365!
Pack 365 is the local Jewish Cub Scout Pack in the West Orange/Livingston/South Orange/Montclair area. We are Shomer Shabbos and Shomer Kashrut and are open to all. We have boys from all different Jewish affiliations and many of the local public and Jewish day schools. We focus on ensuring the boys have a fun time as well as learning various different skills and values (e.g., woodsman skills, first aid, carpentry, civics, etc.). We do various events such as model rocket building (and launching), race car building and racing (Pinewood Derby), hikes, fire building and roasting marshmallows, etc.
Pack members click here for the Cub Pack 365 website
Meet The Leaders Of Cub Pack 365
Cubmaster Aaron Spool:
Aaron began his scouting connection as a Tiger Cub. He eventually attained the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 2 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. A lifelong Scout enthusiast, Aaron was very excited to join a local Cub Pack when his children were old enough to participate. In Pack 365, Aaron has been a Wolf Den Leader, Bear Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, and now Cubmaster. He has one son, Sammy, in Pack 365 and his other son, Michael, earned his Arrow of Light and is now in Pack 365’s brother Boy Scout Troop 365. Besides a lifelong Scout, Aaron is a seasoned finance professional. He has a BBA from The George Washington University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, is a CPA, and a CFA charterholder. If you are interested in learning more about Jewish Scouting, Aaron can be reached at: email@example.com.
Senior Adviser Rabbi Tobin:
Rabbi Tobin began his scouting connection in College as a volunteer with a special needs Cub Pack and membership in Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity which was founded on the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. In his last pulpit, Rabbi Tobin was the Charter Organization Representative for Troop 61 in the Heart of America Council, a 90 year old Jewish unit, that has produced over 300 Jewish Eagle scouts, and once was the largest unit in the world. He worked with local Pack 3153, attended Cub Scout Day Camp, the H. Roe Bartell Scout Reservation summer camp and was involved with the Jewish Committee on Scouting. Here, Rabbi Tobin has been a Wolf Den Leader, Bear Den Leader, is the Cubmaster and has 3 boys in Pack 365. He helps organize Religious Emblems workshops for the Jewish Units in the region, and is a member of the Northern New Jersey Council Committee. Rabbi Tobin can be reached at: RabbiTobin@bnaishalom.net.
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.
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.