Religions and Spirituality

May 13, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other ...

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LINDEN, NJ — Linden Public Schools is bringing awareness to its students and staff members by educating them about Ramadan — a month-long spiritual event that serves to bring those of the Islamic faith closer to God through fasting, prayer, and reflection.  In a video posted on the ...

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Vincent United Methodist Church will gather for worship this Sunday morning, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. on Ascension Sunday and our 192nd Anniversary Sunday. The service will be held in the sanctuary which is open to worshippers, will be broadcast live on the church Facebook page, and will be ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange. New York’s ABC7, ...

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Thursday, May 6 is the National Day of Prayer. People of all faiths are invited that day to spend some special time in prayer for our world, our country, and our leaders. The Nutley Clergy Fellowship will hold a short Prayer Service at 12 noon in front of Nutley Town Hall. All are invited.

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley is mourning the 64th resident to succumb to COVID-19. The most recent death was announced in the daily County of Essex coronavirus report issued May 3, 2021.  Today's announcement marks the 21th resident lost to COVID-19 in 2021.  Collectively, 2611 Essex ...

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Vincent United Methodist Church will gather for worship this Sunday morning, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. on the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The service will be held in the sanctuary which is open to worshippers, will be broadcast live on the church Facebook page, and will be available for Call In. There ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.”  “This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The musical choices of the Seton Hall University radio station were protested again Monday. ar The press release for an unnamed “growing coalition of New Jersey Catholics” said that their aim was that WSOU, the university’s noncommercial radio station, “be shut down ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter has delivered virtual sermons from his empty church in Newark since the COVID-19 pandemic began. During that time, he has been trying to address not only his community's spiritual needs but also his flock's mental and physical health. Slaughter said ...

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Vincent United Methodist Church will gather for worship this Sunday morning, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. on the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The service will be held in the sanctuary which is open to worshippers, will be broadcast live on the church Facebook page, and will be available for Call In. There ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley is mourning the 63rd resident to succumb to COVID-19. The most recent death was announced in the daily County of Essex coronavirus report issued April 23, 2021.  Today's announcement marks the 20th resident lost to COVID-19 in 2021.  The county also ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus, and chairman and CEO of Flemington Car & Truck Country, Steve Kalafer died of cancer Wednesday. "I was absolutely shocked and saddened today to hear about the passing of Steve Kalafer," Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said in a ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The County of Essex reported the third COVID-19 coronavirus death in Nutley this month, bringing the total of residents lost in the pandemic to 62. The latest death was included in the daily coronavirus report of April 21, 2021.  To date, 2565 Essex County residents were lost to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Police are investigating the source of a swastika painted on the rear door of Temple Sholom of West Essex. According to Cedar Grove police, on April 8, Patrolman Nyron Watson responded to the Temple Sholom to take a report of bias intimidation. A staff member at the Temple ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Holocaust survivors, family and friends told stories of survival, losing relatives and finding some decades later during yesterday's Remember and Tell SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service.  It was started in 1977 and is the longest-running such service in New Jersey.

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FAIR LAWN, NJ — The borough's police officers, retired and active duty, along with friends and family honored Mary Ann Collura who was killed in the line of duty on April 17, 2003. At 8 p.m., people gathered at Van Riper Ellis Church on the corner of Morlot and River Road with glow sticks and an ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi say they are touched by the show of support in the wake of last week’s incident in which their house was vandalized as the fraternity marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. A GoFundMe page started by the Rutgers fraternity had received almost $1,400 ...

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COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program is now open and will continue through the foreseeable future. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, FEMA will now provide assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Central Presbyterian Church in Summit has been awarded a matching preservation grant of up to $250,000 from The National Fund for Sacred Places, becoming the first church in New Jersey -- and one of only 16 churches nationwide -- to be so recognized through the program, which is ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Celebrating South Paterson as the "capital of the Muslim community," Councilman Al Abdelaziz led several city officials, business and religious leaders, and dozens of community members in a ceremonial lighting of a large fanous on Sunday. The decorative fanous is placed in the pocket ...

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Vincent United Methodist Church will gather for worship this Sunday morning, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. on the Second Sunday of Easter. The service will be held in the sanctuary which is open to worshippers, will be broadcast live on the church Facebook page, and will be available for Call In. There ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — The Township of Nutley lost another resident to the COVID-19 pandemic. This most recent death is the 18th resident lost in 2021, and the 61st resident lost to coronavirus since the State of Emergency was first declared in 2020. The death was reported in the County of Essex report ...

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MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday. "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S.

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NEWARK, NJ - The County of Essex confirmed the 60th COVID-19 death in Nutley in the April 2, 2021 Daily Coronavirus Report. The death was reported earlier this week. The county report was revised downward later in the week. Residency of the decedent was confirmed as a resident of Nutley. This ...

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The world as we knew it changed on March 14, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and everything shut down. We could no longer congregate in groups –first only 25 then 10. For the first time since the Spanish Flu, our houses of worship closed their doors, at the most vulnerable of ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The County of Essex revised the COVID-19 report of fatalities of Nutley residents downward.  Earlier this week, the report showed 60 deaths in the township of Nutley. One death was removed from the report this week. Details about the change are not known at this time, but factors ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Former Sayreville War Memorial High School basketball star Jehyve Floyd, now a pro player for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Premier League, this week released his first book, Godfidence, now available on Amazon (paperback, $21.95). Godfidence details Floyd's challenging ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Clergy Fellowship Good Friday 'Cross Walk' has been a Nutley tradition for as long as memory can serve. TAPinto Nutley joined the walk in years past to experience this time honored local event during the holiest of times on the Christian calendar.  Members of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The County of Essex reported the 60th COVID-19 death of a Township of Nutley resident. The most recent death is the 17th resident lost to the global coronavirus pandemic this year. The death was reported on the March 29 daily report.  The county also reports 15 new cases of COVID-19 ...

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