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 […]

CBI events this March

MILLBURN, NJ — Congregation B’nai Israel, located at 160 Millburn Ave. in Millburn, will resume its “Lunch & Learn” events for adult education this September. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. Programs are open to everyone; admission is charged. On Thursday, March 7,  CBI will screen the award-winning smash […]

Federation hosts series of conversations about Israel

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Global Connections and the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ are co-hosting a series of community conversations to encourage civil discourse on the issues that unite and divide Jews in Israel and the United States. The series, “Building a Heart with Many Rooms,” is designed to create […]

Towns remember horrors of Holocaust

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents came together on Sunday, April 15, to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to pledge that such an atrocity will not happen again on their watch. The Holocaust is the name given to the mass murder of Jews, homosexuals, disabled people, Romani and […]

TSTI to host dinner with ADL rep

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, the Reform synagogue at 432 Scotland Road in South Orange, will host a Shabbat, Scholar and Supper on Friday, April 27. The speaker will be Joshua Cohen, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New Jersey office, who will address the congregation during dinner with the topic: “Imagine a […]

Racism and insensitivity in our schools

Threats to lynch black people, swastikas, slave auction posters appear in SOMSD buildings

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It has been a rough couple of weeks for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in regard to tolerance and cultural competency. Last week, South Orange Middle School reported two incidents of racist graffiti scrawled in bathrooms. The first incident, using the N-word, said that “Naughty (blacks) Get Lynched”; while […]

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

Religious and government leaders take a firm stand following hateful graffiti, JCC bomb threat

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Things have certainly been tense in America in the last few months, with organizations like the ACLU showing a marked increase in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist incidents. Unfortunately, Essex County has also experienced some of this hatred. Residents and officials in Essex County were disheartened during […]