Religions and Spirituality

December 17, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Festival of Yalda was celebrated Saturday night at the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset. The Iranian community celebrated, “Yalda,” a Syriac word which means birth was incorporated into the Persian language. A celebration of the Winter Solstice according to the solar ...

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BARNEGAT and WARETOWN -  The following Southern Ocean County churches are holding special services for the celebration of Christmas on Christmas Eve.   Enjoy a beautiful song from Chris Tomlin first and see the list of services. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jroBAl3WW8   Below is the ...

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STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND -  The following Southern Ocean County churches are holding special services for the celebration of Christmas on Christmas Eve.   Enjoy a beautiful song from Chris Tomlin first and see the list of services. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jroBAl3WW8   Below ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Festival of Yalda was celebrated Saturday night at the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset. The Iranian community celebrated, “Yalda,” a Syriac word which means birth was incorporated into the Persian language. A celebration of the Winter Solstice according to the solar ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ For the 95th year, carolers from Basking Ridge and nearby will gather in downtown Basking Ridge for the traditional community holiday sing-along on Christmas Eve led by a brass band on the steps of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St. Each year, crowds of ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Festival of Yalda was celebrated Saturday night at the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset. The Iranian community celebrated, “Yalda,” a Syriac word which means birth was incorporated into the Persian language. A celebration of the Winter Solstice according to the solar ...

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ROXBURY, NJ - Family members and volunteers from Roxbury and surrounding communities placed wreaths on the graves of more than 600 veterans on Saturday as part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony. The Roxbury event was one of more than 1,400 similar events in all 50 states, at sea and ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Students enrolled in Faith Lutheran Church’s Sunday School are getting ready.  As part of the Christmas Eve Family Service at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, a group of 26 children between the ages of 3 and 11, will present their version of the Christmas story, complete with ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the third and final day when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa, take a horse ...

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STAFFORD - Come see 100 handcrafted, one-of-kind, exquisitely detailed nativity sets from around the world, have milk and cookies with Santa, make Christmas crafts and listen to carolers at All Saints Regional Catholic School. The cost is $8 per person, children under 12 are free, and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On December 6, the fifth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the three synagogues of Summit — Temple Sinai, Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center and Congregation Beth Hatikvah — lit the fifth candle of the Menorah on ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 6, the fifth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the three synagogues of Summit — Temple Sinai, Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center and Congregation Beth Hatikvah — lit the fifth candle of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday was a day of holiday festivities in Maplewood, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at three local restaurants: Cedar Ridge Cafe, Village Trattoria, and St. James's Gate. Saturday afternoon was Springfield Avenue's 6th Annual Holiday Celebration, which included live music ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —Shushmita and Amit Srivastav opened their Westfield home last month to more than 200 friends and neighbors to celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. Attendees included Mayor Shelley Brindle and Councilman David Contract. “There was so much positive energy that day. It was ...

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UNION, NJ - Faith United Church of Christ will be hosting a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Faith United Church of Christ, located at 1340 Burnet Avenue, invites residents and guests to come out to enjoy an evening of classical and gospel Christmas music, spoken word and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and ...

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RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank, NJ – 2018 Hanna Wechsler, a Holocaust survivor, is coming to Red Bank Middle School on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 10:00am to talk to the 8th Grade Students about her experiences in the Holocaust.   Wechsler is also the author of the book In Spite of it All.   Hanna ...

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COLTS NECK, NJ -  If you witnessed the Living Nativity at the Colts Neck Community Church last year there is no further explanation needed because you were probably already going. Readers who are not familiar with this beautiful rendition of the birth of Jesus story can watch the video  below.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Saturday brought another Hometown Holiday celebration to downtown South Orange, featuring visits and photos with Santa in the firehouse, the Elf Parade on South Orange Avenue, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum welcomed all to ...

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Bible Baptist Church will hold "Christmas Reminiscence," a Christmas concert featuring Christmas music and Scriptures to tell the story of Jesus' birth on Sunday, December 16 at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Musical selections will be a combination of modern songs ...

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DANIEL ISLAND, SC - Things looked a little bleak on Saturday afternoon on Daniel Island. Heavy rains poured from the skies, temperatures dipped into 40s, and the public parking lot resembled a slushy mud pit. From the Volvo Cars Stadium though, lively music and the scent of latkes filled the air.

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MADISON, NJ - A cold but festive group of revelers came to light the Menorah in front of the Madison Train Station last Wednesday evening, the fourth night of Chanukah. In celebration of the miracle of Chanukah, Jews light the Menorah each evening of the eight-day festival, increasing the number of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair residents gathered to enjoy their visit with Santa, hot cocoa, live music and much more at the Montclair tree lighting this past Friday night. The event, hosted by the Montclair Recreation & Cultural Affairs, the Montclair Center BID, and the FMBA, ...

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PATERSON, NJ- On what would have been his 46th birthday friends and family of Paterson native Kenny Lira gathered with city officials on Sunday to officially dedicate the Paterson Train Station in his honor. Lira, 27 at the time, lost his life when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center's Twin ...

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RED BANK, NJ – The Red Bank RiverCenter really does come up with fun and clever ideas. Their Winter on Broad Street showcased downtown Red Bank with an ice-skating rink and a life-sized snow globe set up between Monmouth and White Streets. Making it even more joyful was the Calvin Bell Ringers ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting and the vigils the followed, Springfield's Jewish leaders realized they could not just come together as one community in bad times. If they were going to build a stronger bridge between the different branches of the faith in town, there ...

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PARKLAND, FL - Chabad of Parkland held a Chanukah Festival at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater on Sunday evening. Hundreds of families from Parkland and beyond attended the festival and enjoyed bounce houses, games of cornhole and Jenga, holiday music, food, as well as a Menorah lighting and ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The spirit of Christmas was shared through song during Thursday evening's Christmas Community Celebration concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. This is a cherished annual community celebration of combined talent of local choirs and musicians.  The choirs of the ...

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