Religions and Spirituality

Press Releases

April 26th: Daniel Pearl Education Center Speaker Series to Feature Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

 
The latest installment of the Daniel Pearl Education Center Speaker Series will feature a presentation by Sheryl Olitzky, the co-founder in 2010 of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 7:30pm at Temple B’nai Shalom at 15 Fern Road in East Brunswick, and there is no cost to attend.
 
Olitzky will talk broadly about the work and goals of the organization and will be joined by Heba Macsoud, an active member of the charter Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapter. Macsoud will share stories about the impact that the Sisterhood has had on her life. Following the presentations and panel, Olitzky and Macsoud will take questions from the audience.  
 

“We are thrilled that Sheryl and Heba will be joining us for what we know will be an important and captivating presentation,” said Dr. Andy Boyarsky, chair of the Daniel Pearl Education Center (DPEC). “Like the DPEC, the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is committed to building community and understanding – a very important mandate in these difficult times. The Sisterhood has developed, since its founding, a blueprint for creating understanding between Muslim and Jewish women, who share so much shared history and customs.”
 
Previous installments of the DPEC Speaker Series have included:
• Dr. Perry Brickman, an Atlanta oral surgeon who was the subject of a documentary, From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History.
• Dr. Berndt Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Nazi tank commander who traveled to Israel, converted to Judaism and later served in the Israel Defense Forces.
• The showing of Sister Rose's Passion, a documentary film that examines the life of Sister Rose Thering, a Roman Catholic nun and former professor at Seton Hall University who battled anti-Semitism within her church and contributed to a historic Vatican declaration that Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus. 
• The NJ premier of Karski & The Lords of Humanity, the acclaimed documentary about Jan Karski, a courier for the Polish Underground who tried in vain to stop the Holocaust by delivering secret information -- including eye-witness accounts of the attrocities -- to world leaders in England and the US.
 
The DPEC is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the ideals of understanding and community. The DPEC sponsors a number of area programs and activities, including an annual trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for Temple B’nai Shalom’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah class, the eighth grade class at East Brunswick’s St. Bartholomew’s parochial school, and other youth groups; Daniel Pearl scholarships to graduating seniors at East Brunswick High School; an annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days community concert; teacher training workshops; and much more.
 
To reserve seats or to get more information about the program, contact rbrenowitz1@aol.com.
 
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

"Itʼs Time for New Leadership" Say Middlesex County Republicans

May 22, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  - On Tuesday, June 12th, elected county committee members of the Middlesex County Republican Organization will have a choice on who will be their next County Chair and party executive board.

Sharon D. Hubberman, former Middlesex County Freeholder Candidate, and current Perth Amboy Republican Chair has announced she will accept her nomination for the ...

East Brunswick Public Library Launches “EB Grow” Seed Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Every spring, library customers visit East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) to find resources on how to garden. Thanks to a joint partnership between East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, gardeners will be able to get some “seed money” to start their first crops for the year.

The ...

East Brunswick Public Library Holds “Coping With Aging Parents" Workshop

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts the special program “Coping With Aging Parents” on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:15 pm.

Led by counselor Tara Arhakos, this program is for care-givers of aging parents, a task that can impact both emotionally and physically. It can be extremely overwhelming to raise children, help grandchildren ...

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Letter to the Editor: "We Seek Clarity, Support" from Mayor Regarding Development on Summerhill Road

May 10, 2018

Dear Mayor Cohen:  

Thank you.  Your issued statement last night regarding the current development plans for the intersection of Summerhill and Old Stage Roads - which will be under discussion at the May 17 zoning board meeting in East Brunswick, is a welcome voice. 

Like you, we have a vision for East Brunswick and share your desire for smart redevelopment that ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...