Religions and Spirituality Top Stories

December 13, 2018

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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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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UNION, NJ – Members of Faith United Church of Christ gathered for their first annual decorating and tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening, complete with Christmas caroling. At the direction of organist and music director, Antonio Sanzone, members and visitors sang Christmas favorites, such as ...

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My hope for every person this December is that all would willingly come to the table and experience fully the power of the Christmas present of presence. The promise of God as far back as the Book of Isaiah was that the virgin would conceive and bring forth a child, and that the holy and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A lively group, mostly comprised of members of Congregation Beth Ephraim, gathered in Ricalton Square for the lighting of the candle on the fifth night of Hanukkah. The communal celebration of the holiday was attended by Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, several members of the Maplewood ...

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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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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Brookdale Reformed Church will host their annual Blue Christmas Worship Service Thur. Dec. 20 . The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone who is suffering from loss, hurt, or despair. "We understand that these feelings occur and we invite you to a worship service that ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Brookdale Reformed Church will host their annual Blue Christmas Worship Service Thur. Dec. 20 . The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone who is suffering from loss, hurt, or despair. "We understand that these feelings occur and we invite you to a worship service that ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The community gathered Thursday evening at Peppertown Park to celebrate Hanukkah at the third annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Berkeley Heights, thanks to the "grass roots" effort of a few residents. Herman Matfes, one of the organizers, thanked the crowd for coming to ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ - A festive and happy moment was shared by hundred of visitors as they experienced the excitement of lighting the menorah with Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel and host Bell Works. Rabbi Shmaya Galperin and his family welcomed everyone and shared the good news of the season. See video ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There are three holiday celebrations this Saturday, Dec. 8, in South Orange and Maplewood. Here's what's going on: SOUTH ORANGE'S HOMETOWN HOLIDAY From the South Orange Village website: Join us on Saturday, December 8th for Hometown Holiday. Our annual ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ - A festive and happy moment was shared by hundred of visitors as they experienced the excitement of lighting the menorah with Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel and host Bell Works. Rabbi Shmaya Galperin and his family welcomed everyone and shared the good news of the season. See video ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — On the fourth night of Hanukkah, the Township of Livingston celebrated the Festival of Lights by joining together to the light the Menorah as part of the Camuso Holiday Display at the Memorial Oval on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Meinhardt, along with Councilmen Shawn Klein and Rudy ...

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Chabad of Parkland’s Lego Building and Lighting Event will take place on Sunday, December 9, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Pine Trails Park.  This free family friendly event is a great way to enjoy the holiday season. The event will host fun activities for all ages including laser tag, bounce house, rock ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Last month, the Chabad of Yorktown celebrated the completion of a new Torah scroll, a lengthy process that includes writing all 304,805 letters by hand, using a feather, ink and authentic parchments. Rabbi Yehuda Heber said he started the project last year following the death of ...

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BAYONNE, NJ - “We all need a little more light,” Jacob Benzaquen, Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Hudson told TAPinto Bayonne on Wednesday. Referring to what appears to be a growing national divide in politics and lawmaking the religious leader added that leadership on the national stage shouldn’t be ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic seniors Ryan Woods and Audrey Davis and faculty member Elito Tanyag were recently recognized for their commitment to Union Catholic's faith-based community at a special Youth Ministry Recognition Ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

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