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The Great Shofar Blowout: A New Guinness World Record for the Jewish New Year

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On Sunday September 21, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life hosted The Great Shofar  Blowout with 1,043 Shofar blowers setting a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Shofar  Ensemble ever. Credits: Jonathan Pascol
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Bnai Jazz Credits: Jonathan Pascol
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WHIPPANY, NJ- On Sunday morning Sept. 23, 1,043 people blew Shofar, an ancient Jewish instrument, at The Great Shofar Blowout and set a new Guinness World Record. People from as far away as Texas and Massachusetts all came together for this historic event sponsored by The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life in Whippany, NJ to create the Largest Shofar Ensemble to date.
 
The record-breaking Shofar blowing was complemented by additional activities, including Shofar Blowing Clinics, Shofar making demonstration, a child play area, merchandise and food vendors, and art projects. Live music to entertain and foster a festive atmosphere highlighted Bnai Jazz and the Jewish Bluegrass group, Nefesh Mountain. 
 
 
Robert Lichtman, Executive Director of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, explains, “In the 5 minutes it took us to blow shofar together we accomplished some amazing things. We celebrated our unity; we created a sound that no one has ever heard before; we raised our Shofar voices in joy and song and hope, and we set a new Guinness World Record. The Partnership’s mission is to Bring Jewish Learning to Life – we did that today and are committed to continuing that mission for years to come.”
 
56 Community Partner organizations—including schools, synagogues, camps and others—participated in The Great Shofar Blowout and promoted the event under the auspices of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, the Jewish identity-building organization of Greater MetroWest.

 
Samantha Kaplan of Springfield, NJ shared her family’s experience, “The event was an experience like no other. Hearing of all those shofars calling in unison was such a powerful, positive, uplifting sound. My family was so proud to attend this event and be a part of making a world record! It is a tale we will share at this year's Rosh HaShana table and for many years to come. ”
 
Rebecca Wanatick, a Randolph resident, expressed, "It was an incredibly  meaningful day for our family, celebrating together as a community."
 
 
 
Co-Sponsors with The Partnership included: Ira A. Roschelle MD Family Foundation, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Jewish News, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, The Goldberg Group at Morgan Stanley, Uncommon Israel: Travel Concierge, Barnabas Health, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, and Deborah’s Palm: Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences. 
 
 
 
 

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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 http://cloudcaninesalon.com 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

Join the ...

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
Swimming
Camp
Childcare 
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Livingston High School Fitness & Wellness Center/Auxiliary Gym, Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: Livingston ...

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Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Mountain Recreation Complex (The Clipper Pavilion), West Orange

20th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Family ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

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Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion on Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People With Special Needs

April 22, 2018

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 ...

Lock Down Initiated After Stray Bullet Found at Morristown High School

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 ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...