Maplewood appoints six police chaplains

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department appointed its first police chaplains this month. On March 20, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution appointing six clergy members from Maplewood and South Orange and police chaplains. Resolution No. 72-18 appointed to this new position Rev. Rick Boyer of Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, Rev. […]

‘Can Journalism Save Democracy?’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, March 8, SOMA Action will host a discussion led by a panel of prominent journalists on the role of the press in the age of President Trump. Panel participants are: John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker; Mary Alice Williams, anchor of NJTV News; and Tara George, professor […]

Beth El to host ‘Big Quiz Thing’ event

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, March 3, at 8:30 p.m., Big Quiz Thing’s professional quizmaster and Beth El member Eric De Picciotto will host a night of trivia at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave. in South Orange. The evening will begin with cocktails and light fare, followed by a live trivia competition. Trivia […]

‘Humor as Resistance in Holocaust Cinema’ at Beth El

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m., filmmaker Stuart Weinstock, a Beth El member, will present a special talk at Congregation Beth El, “Humor as Resistance in Holocaust Cinema.” The lecture and discussion will explore when comedy serves a higher purpose than entertainment. In the case of film as an act […]

Beth El to explore Israel and society

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Congregation Beth El has announced the next two events in its series of events commemorating Israel’s 70th anniversary. “The Fight for Religious Pluralism in Israel: Recognizing All Forms of Jewish Expression” will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Arie Hasit. Hasit grew up in Cherry Hill and made […]

Pursuit of Harmony lights the flame of understanding and unity

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Pursuit of Harmony helped create beautiful music and build bridges of understanding over the weekend of Dec. 15 at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, the Reform synagogue in South Orange. The musical duo of Jewish-American singer and songwriter Michael Ochs and award-winning Palestinian peace activist and songwriter Alaa Alshaham performed at the […]

Beth El announces new study program

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Congregation Beth El in South Orange has announced that its Beth El Beit Midrash, or “House of Study,” program in partnership with Project Zug, a leading Jewish study organization, will launch its 2018 program of partnered study, or chavruta, on Jan. 28. The word zug is Hebrew for “pair” or “couple” […]

Learn about Arthur Szyk with Beth El

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Join Congregation Beth El in South Orange for a private tour of the “Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art” exhibit at the New York Historical Society on Sunday, Jan. 7. This private tour of a fascinating and revealing exhibit at the New-York Historical Society will explore the activism of Szyk, the Polish-born […]

Beth El to host Nate Fish

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Sunday, Nov. 19, Congregation Beth El in South Orange will host a presentation from American-Israeli baseball star Nate Fish. The event will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the presentation. Fish played for the Tel Aviv Lighting team during the only year of the Israel Baseball League and previously […]

Beth El’s schedule for High Holy Days

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Congregation Beth El in South Orange has announced its worship and program schedule for the upcoming High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah worship, from Sept. 20 through 22, and Yom Kippur worship on Sept. 29 and 30, will be led by Olitzky and guest Cantor Galeet […]