My Part in The Partnership: Meet Jody


The Partnership  for Jewish Learning and Life is pleased to announce Jody Hurwitz Caplan as the new President of the Board of Trustees. Jody has served on the board since 2012, and she explains what brought her to The Partnership:


"I was first introduced to The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life as the recipient family of a One Happy Camper NJ grant. As someone who went to a Jewish camp and also worked on staff as a counselor, I had first-hand knowledge of the magic and power of a Jewish summer experience."

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My Part in The Partnership: Meet Rachel

Rachel_Family.pngNow is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. For Rachel and her family, attending Shabbat in Bloom has provided a great opportunity to visit local parks while engaging in a social Jewish activity. Shabbat in Bloom is a celebration of music and movement, led by two educators and a musician, which engages young people and their families in pre-Shabbat celebration through songs and stories.

"Throughout the week, I hear my two kids in the backseat singing the songs from Shabbat in Bloom. Each time we go we gain something different from the experience."

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Guinness World Record Confirmed!

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The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life has received confirmation that we DID set a new Guinness World Record for Most People Blowing the Shofar:

“The largest shofar ensemble involved 1,022 participants at an event organized by The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life in Whippany, New Jersey, United States on 21 September 2014. All participants created the following sounds on their own Shofar the T’Kiyah, Sh’varim and the Tru’ah.”

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You may wonder, “What took so long?”  Guinness World Records was diligently confirming the numbers calculated by examining a huge box of paperwork shipped from Whippany to the United Kingdom and countless digital files.  The documentation included: continuous video footage of the Shofar blowing, still photography of the event, expert witness statements, and step-by-step review of the counting procedure.  This meant reviewing of the sign-in sheets and numbered bibs with tear-offs to ensure the double counting of each the participants to verify everyone registered entered the area to blow Shofar.


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To order shirts and other merchandise commemorating your amazing feat, please visit (A portion of the purchase price comes back to support the work of The Partnership.)

Participants may order an official Guinness World Record certificate with their name on it, please e-mail to receive the secret code. 

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