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 […]

NJ Episcopal clergy issue statement condemning racism

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than five dozen members of the clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark joined together Oct. 3 to sign a joint statement condemning racism. The clergy members were responding to the failure to bring charges against the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., in March, calling it […]

St. George’s baptizes member in Rahway River

St. George’s baptizes member in Rahway River

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Responding to the COVID crisis that has kept doors locked at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood, the Rev. Grant Mansfield moved one of the church’s most important rites outside into the sunshine on Sunday, Aug. 30, when he baptized member Kate Moore in the sparkling waters of the Rahway River that […]

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 […]

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. […]

Outreaching into closets and cupboards

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the Outreach Committee at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood gathered a truckload of gently used children’s clothing and household goods earlier this month to help stock the thrift store at Holy Trinity Church in West Orange. Available for sale, the donations help provide essential services for neighbors of Holy […]

SOMSD fine arts spring calendar

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District recently released its spring fine arts calendar. Events are as follows: Monday, April 3, from 10 to 11 a.m., Columbia High School choir Canens Vocem will perform at Winchester Gardens, 333 Elmwood Ave. in Maplewood. Wednesday, April 19, from 5 to 10 p.m., Columbia […]

First Friends information meeting packs church

First Friends information meeting packs church

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Tuesday, Feb. 7, St. George’s Church in Maplewood held an informational meeting for prospective volunteers for First Friends, an organization that provides, according to their brochure, “dignity and compassion for immigrants” through visitation, advocacy, education and providing care to released detainees. The church was packed with people from different religions interested […]

The young helping the even younger

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Four middle school students from the Youth Group at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood scoured the aisles at Target earlier this month, hunting best buys on baby food and toiletries for needy mothers at the North Porch Women and Infants Center. Armed with a $300 Outreach grant, Jessica Bullis-Martinez, Phoebe Hill, […]