Suspect arrested in swastika incident at B’nai Shalom in West Orange

Suspect arrested in swastika incident at B’nai Shalom in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — This past Dec. 18, a jogger discovered three swastikas drawn on the sidewalk at the B’nai Shalom synagogue on Pleasant Valley Way. Immediately following the incident, the West Orange police launched an investigation.  Although there was little to go on initially, a lengthy and persistent investigation has now resulted in an […]

Law enforcement professionals speak at town hall event related to safety in the Jewish community

Law enforcement professionals speak at town hall event related to safety in the Jewish community

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office held a virtual town hall event on Feb. 9 to address safety concerns in the Jewish faith-based community; acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and other ECPO employees discussed threat and risk assessments for Jewish houses of worship and took questions from audience members. […]

West Orange police investigate after swastikas are drawn outside synagogue

West Orange police investigate after swastikas are drawn outside synagogue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, Dec. 18, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a jogger discovered three swastikas drawn on the sidewalk outside B’nai Shalom, a synagogue on Pleasant Valley Way. The West Orange Police Department immediately launched an investigation, which is still ongoing. It is believed that this is an isolated incident and the offensive […]

Swastika found spray-painted on Clay Field playground

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge Police Chief Sean Quinn announced Sept. 29 that the department is investigating vandalism at Clay Field in which an unknown person spray-painted a swastika at the playground. “On Tuesday, Sept. 28, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Glen Ridge Police Department became aware of a culturally derogatory symbol that had […]

West Orange condemns rise in antisemitism, provides message of solidarity

West Orange condemns rise in antisemitism, provides message of solidarity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township of West Orange released the following statement earlier this week condemning the recent rise in antisemitism in our nation and expressing solidarity with the Jewish community: “We wish to be clear: Antisemitism in all its forms is anathema to our beliefs and the values of our town. “One of […]

2,000 Jews march and rally to support Israel, condemn antisemitism

2,000 Jews march and rally to support Israel, condemn antisemitism

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nearly 2,000 Jews from 20 MetroWest synagogues, schools and other institutions united to demonstrate solidarity with Israel, and to condemn the recent string of antisemitic attacks occurring in the United States and globally on Sunday, May 23.  Representing 20 Reform, Conservative and Orthodox institutions, the community gathered at Suburban Torah Center in […]

South Orange–Maplewood community remembers the Holocaust at annual interfaith service

South Orange–Maplewood community remembers the Holocaust at annual interfaith service

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange and Maplewood community came together on April 18 for “Remember & Tell: The SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service,” to remember the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Despite the annual event being held virtually this year, it was incredibly poignant; the virtual platform actually allowed for […]

Discuss ‘The Plot Against America’ at B’nai Shalom

Discuss ‘The Plot Against America’ at B’nai Shalom

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Discuss Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” at a book club event at B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. In 2004, Roth’s award-winning book explored Jewish identity and the too-easy assumption of security. Come to discuss this once-more-timely novel with Robert […]

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