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16th Annual UJA Benefit Concert to Feature New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Renowned Clarinetist David Krakauer


The audience will be treated to an eclectic mix of musical traditions when the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and David Krakauer, guest solo clarinetist, perform at the 16th Annual UJA Benefit Concert at 3 p.m.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 21, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. A community dessert reception will precede the concert at 2. Dedicated UJA supporters and community leaders Dr. Dorothy and Gerry Cantor of Westfield are the honorees.

Musical selections will include Copland’s familiar "Appalachian Spring" (best known for the “Simple Gifts” melody), followed by the delicate sounds of Mozart’s "Clarinet Concerto," and finally, the richly expressive klezmer tradition as articulated in "The Synagogue Wail" and "Der Heyser Bulgar."

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Performing under the baton of Stefan Sanderling, Krakauer occupies the unique position of being one of the world’s leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and at the same time is a major voice in classical music. He recently did extensive international touring with the multi-genre super group Abraham Inc. that he co-leads with funk legend Fred Wesley and hip-hop renegade Socalled.

In addition, Krakauer is in demand worldwide as a guest soloist with the finest ensembles including the Emerson, Orion and Kronos string quartets. Krakauer’s discography includes six CDs under his own name plus collaborations with, among others, the Klezmatics and Itzak Perlman. His unique sound can be heard as soloist in Danny Elfman's score for the film "Taking Woodstock" and throughout "The Tango Lesson."

The concert benefits the work of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation), which encompasses Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset County. Through its network of 27 local and 4 overseas partners, Federation creates a safety net for the Jewish and larger community in Greater MetroWest, Israel, and in 70 countries around the world by providing family crisis and mental health counseling; vocational counseling, supportive services for seniors, people of all ages with disabilities, and women in abusive relationships; and advocacy on important public policy issues and assaults on Israel’s legitimacy.

A stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in Short Hills, Cantor twice served as president of Jewish Federation of Central NJ and was the first lay president of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless of Union County, which was honored with a Presidential Points-of-Light Recognition from President George H.W. Bush. Chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University, Dr. Cantor is a psychologist with a private practice in Westfield and president of the American Psychological Foundation. She was recently inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni as a graduate of its Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.

The NJSO, now in its 90th season, annually presents classical, pops, and family subscription concerts, as well as summer parks performances, special concerts, and events. The NJSO brings the symphonic-music experience to more than 150,000 people each year and reaches thousands more through radio broadcasts.

Tickets are $20-$88. Tickets can be purchased directly by calling 1-800-ALLEGRO (255-3476) or by visiting For more information, visit or call (973) 929-2969.

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Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

During this week only, Cycle Bar is also participating in the Livingston Fitness Crawl, offering five days of free classes through Friday.  

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Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

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Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

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Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

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Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Abilities Expo 2018 will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston High School. This family-friendly event showcases a variety of resources, products, services and technologies for people with special needs – all under one roof. The Expo is co-sponsored by Livingston Public Schools and the Livingston Advisory ...

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April 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown High School was on a school-wide lock down as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday after a stray bullet was discovered on the athletic fields of the school. 

Police were on the scene and currently investigating the incident. The school initiated a "shelter in place," which means instruction continued as students stayed in their ...

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Don’t Complain; Vote!

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