WESTFIELD, NJ—Makor Young Families of Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim (TBEMC) of Cranford and Westfield held its opening 2012-2013 community-building event on August 19 at the home of Debbie and Marc Kaplan of Westfield.

Families from the local Jewish community joined with families from the congregation and Rabbi Ben Goldstein to socialize over snacks and drinks. Children enjoyed bubbles, coloring, sidewalk chalk and playing on the swing set together.

"It was great to spend time with people we have gotten to know through the synagogue and meet other young families in the area," said Leslie Klieger, who organized the event with Debbie Kaplan.

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The next Makor Young Families event will take place on Sunday, September 23, when TBEMC holds its annual apple-picking event. For more information email makorfamilies@gmail.com or visit www.tbemc.org