Celebrating the Jewish Community in the Garden State


In 2018, there were more than 530,000 Jewish people in the state of New Jersey. That number is expected to increase. The Garden State and many of the people living here are honoring the Jewish Community for their contribution in several sectors.

There are a number of Jewish organizations and groups in New Jersey and they are coming up with more ways to celebrate not only their religion but their people and others as well.

Most events are considered educational and conversive with people talking about the laws, theology, culture and lives of the Jewish people.

Dinner, Laws and History

Several Jewish organizations in New Jersey are holding private dinners to talk about the history of the Jews and Judaism in the country. People come and present their own stories of struggle and triumph.

Others talk about the lives of the people from the past and how they faced and conquered discrimination and racism.

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One good example is an event the Jewish Federation wherein a rotating exhibit showcasing old and iconic dinnerware from different families today and in the past. This idea is also done in literature as more and more authors are producing novels and articles narrating the different aspects of the lives of the Jewish Community.

These events are also opportunities for people to discuss ancient laws that have been passed down from one generation to another. In New Jersey, some of these dinners invite Rabbis to talk about Judaism’s take on gambling and dog betting.

Nowadays, not all Jewish people are not fully familiar with their laws, therefore they don’t observe it. For example, dog betting or any kind of gambling is not only frowned upon but is actually considered an immoral act in Judaism.

Jewish Games for all kids

There are a lot of traditional Jewish games and they’re not solely for Jewish kids alone, but for everyone. Kids of all religions are sure to have fun playing The Dreidel Game. Imagine them spinning the dreidel and conversing with each other.

This is also a learning opportunity to tell kids about the rich history of the Jews. Let’s take the Dreidel Game for example. This game is commonly played during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil in ancient times. The story behind it talks about oil that was supposed to last only a couple of hours but lasted for eight days straight.

Important reminder, since it’s New Jersey, gambling as a celebration for Jews is not only frowned upon but their own religious text does not agree with gambling.

Judaism, Gambling and Dog Betting in New Jersey


Some Jewish people gamble, while others don’t. Many people are asking if gambling is allowed in Judaism and what is the religion’s view on it. To fully explore this topic, let’s go to the State of New Jersey that shelters more than half a million Jewish people and is one of the biggest gambling destinations in the globe.

Is gambling permitted in Judaism?

According to the Talmud, a compendium of Jewish religious law and theology, people who win in gambling are actually losers, not monetary but morally of course. The text is not in favor of gambling and considers it addictive and risky.

Many Rabbis are against gambling and consider it nothing but a pointless and useless endeavor wherein people waste their money. The money they can use on other positive things like charity or education.

In ancient times, the Jewish community believed man-made disasters and public calamities are the repercussions they have to face as a punishment for gambling.

However, despite this ancient text being honored today, many Jews still gamble sometimes while others, most of the time.

Dog Racing and Betting is Animal Cruelty

According to Jewish scriptures, dogs are not to be trusted and are hot-headed. But they condemn dog track racing and betting just like other religions. They might not find dogs that lovable but there are Jewish organizations campaigning to put a stop to dog or greyhound racing.

To many Jewish people, this activity is animal cruelty and betting on it is not acceptable. In New Jersey, dog racing is legal but Jews don’t participate.

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There are more than 500,000 Jewish people in New Jersey and there have been reports of some of these people being addicted to either gambling or betting.

Despite the negative take on gambling from their own religious scripture, gambling and betting are still rampant among Jews. Not only in New Jersey but in other states as well.

There are Jews in Atlantic City at the casinos, there are Jews at horseracing events and there are even Jews at dog racetracks. Believe it or not, dog race betting is gaining quite the popularity in New Jersey these days.

The unfortunate truth

No matter how divine, ancient and old their scripture is that disapproves, people will continue gambling and betting because they get to experience the thrill of it all, but for some, these are nothing but false pretenses.

There are no immediate or planned actions to prohibit gambling among Jews in New Jersey and if there was, will it even push through? New Jersey is a gambling powerhouse not only in the U.S. but throughout the world.

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