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Bridgewater JCC Hosting Annual Night to Celebrate Israel


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) invites community members to the Fifth Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel at the Raritan Valley Country Club, in Bridgewater, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The event benefits the community’s support of Israel Bonds and The State of Israel.

The event’s distinguished guest speaker will be Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, founder and director of Our Soldiers Speak.

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The event will also honor Mona and Eric Yorke, of Bridgewater, and Benjamin Kern, a Rutgers Hillel Student, for their dedication to their communities and the state of Israel.

The event chair is Peter Horowitz.

Admission for the event is $50 per adult and $18 per student, and it will include a full buffet dinner and cash bar. Registration for the event is due by March 24.

For more information or to register, call the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center at 908-725-6994, ext. 9018, or register online at

Anthony is a combat veteran and reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. He established Our Soldiers Speak, a non-profit with the aim of bringing the proud truth of Israel’s soldiers from the front lines of combat to the English-speaking world.

Mona and Eric Yorke have been involved in the Jewish community in Bridgewater for more than 30 years, and are longtime supporters of Israel bonds. Mona Yorke is a past president of Temple Sholom, and a life member of the Sisterhood of Temple Sholom, NCJW and Hadassah.

Mona Yorke is also on the board of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, and Eric Yorke is currently on the board at Temple Sholom.

Eric Yorke is the managing partner at Somerset Pediatric Group, and Mona Yorke has been the billing manager for 20 years.

Kern is a junior in the Rutgers University Business School, double majoring in business management and Jewish studies. He hopes to work for a Jewish nonprofit organization after graduation, and is Israel co-chair on the Rutgers Hillel Student Board. 

Kern is also the recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Leadership ‘Bridge Builder’ Award.

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