The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life has reached the double digits: The Jewish identity-building organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ will celebrate 10 years since its founding at a “Birthday Bash” on Tuesday evening, May 31, at the Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, its headquarters in Whippany
The honorees will be Susan and Gary Aidekman, who have been active supporters of The Partnership since its inception.
Gary Aidekman was instrumental in establishing The Partnership, building upon the foundation of its predecessor agency, the Jewish Education Association of MetroWest. Aidekman, together with Shelley Levine, then JEA president, devised the communal infrastructure that allowed for the organization’s development and its mission to promote Jewish identity and education among young people — from early childhood through the teenage years — and their families. The Aidekman family has provided leadership and support enabling The Partnership’s growth over the past decade.
Among the programs developed over its 10 years of operation are PJ Library — distribution of free books to and community events for families with small children — and its creative integration through early childhood programs; a large range of programs for teens, including J-TEEN (Jewish Teen Educational Experiences Network), J-SERVE, Mitzvot of Greater MetroWest, the Iris Teen Tzedakah program, SeniorITIS (Senior Institute for Teens In-Service), and other Jewish Service Learning Opportunities. The Partnership works with area day schools, congregational schools, early childhood centers, and camps to advance Jewish educational experiences throughout the Greater MetroWest community.
The Partnership was created by and is supported by the GMW federation and from grants provided through the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, as well as from a community of donors, many of whom will attend the Birthday Bash.