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With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the recent political upheaval in the Arab world, and Europe grappling with virulent anti-Muslim sentiment, interfaith dialogue has taken a back seat on the world stage. But Burton L. Visotzky--rabbi, raconteur, author and bridge-builder--will shed light on this complicated picture, when he serves as Adath Shalom’s scholar-in-residence Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the synagogue, 841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains.
Rabbi Mark Biller, the spiritual leader of Adath Shalom, will welcome the scholar-in-residence. “Rabbi Visotzky was one of my most wonderful teachers at the Jewish Theological Seminary,” Rabbi Biller said. “He mixes humor with deep insight to teach history, Jewish midrash, and politics.”
Rabbi Visotzky has a wide-ranging background in interfaith relations. He has spoken with the president, the pope, and the Saudi king. He consults with the State Department and has met with imams the world over. This lively, engaging and entertaining speaker has made a career out of promoting understanding between the faiths, a specialty that won him recognition in a recent issue of Newsweek.
A professor of rabbinic literature and interreligious studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Visotzky will educate and update participants on the current state of Muslim-Jewish and Christian-Jewish relationships. He will also offer historical and religious insights into the current state of interfaith relations.

Rabbi Visotzky will lead several discussions as Adath Shalom’s scholar-in-residence. On Friday evening, Nov. 18, at a sponsor dinner, he will give a short talk based on his new book, Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud (Jewish Lights Publishing). During Friday night Shabbat services, he will focus on Jewish relations with the Vatican. Rabbi Visotzky, who has spent much of his career trading insights with high-ranking Catholic, Protestant and Muslim clergy, has served as visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
On Saturday morning, Nov. 19, he will give a sermon titled “Isaac Unbound: Three Religions Read the Akedah (the binding of Isaac),” examining how each of the three Abrahamic faiths views this biblical story. At a Kiddush luncheon following Saturday services, the scholar-in-residence will discuss “From Cairo to Qatar: Recent Developments in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue.”
To register for the scholar-in-residence program, contact; 973-539-4440, or visit

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Adults Who Interact With Teens Offered Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 23, 2018

With teenage suicide rates on an upswing, a barrage of tragedies in the news, and the heightened pressures of adolescence in a media-frenzied world, it’s more important than ever for caring adults to know how to intervene effectively.

Morris County again this year is funding Youth Mental Health First Aid training through NewBridge Services for adults who regularly interact with children ...