Religions and Spirituality

June 17, 2021

HACKENSACK/LITTLE FERRY, NJ - In commemoration of Juneteenth, Bergen County will open historic Gethsemane Cemetery in Little Ferry to the public for self-guided tours on Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 4pm. The public viewing, which is being arranged by the County’s Division of Cultural & Historic ...

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WOODLAND PARK, N.J. - Cub Scout Pack 31 and Boy Scout (Scout BSA) Troop 238 took part in very moving ceremonies at the Fireman's Memorial and the Killed In Action Memorial in the Borough on Memorial Day. The ceremonies were in conjunction with the West Paterson Fire Department and the American ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ _ Walter DaSilva, a U.S. Navy veteran from Woodland Park, is one of nearly 600 Vietnam veterans, including 15 from New Jersey, that will be inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory Program for 2020. The program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were ...

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Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for a series of conversations with New Jersey Advocates for Restorative Justice starting April 29 for six Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 via Zoom.  Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices based on the values of ...

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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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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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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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TOTOWA, NJ —  All flags will be flown at half-staff today, through sunset on March 27, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boulder, Colorado. "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department saluted the hearse carrying Retired Fire Chief Dominick "Chuck" Imbimbo, who passed away at the age of 88. On Wednesday, the Berkeley Heights Fire Department fleet along with rigs from surrounding towns lined up ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — During the German City of Frankfurt am Main’s first-ever Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism—a live virtual event held on Tuesday in conjunction with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) in order to “empower the world’s brightest municipal and local leaders to come together to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Near the boardwalk on Belmar’s Third Avenue beach, a single heart made of yellow seashells has blossomed into nine, filled with some 1,800 stones bearing the names of loved ones lost to the coronavirus. For the past six weeks, Rima Samman has braved the cold and snow to create this ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- During the viewing yesterday, hundreds of police officers were seen along Broad Street paying their respects to retired Bloomfield Police Officer, Benedetto “Benny” Christiano, who lost his battle to Covid on March 2, 2021 at the age of 53. This morning, members of the ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Decorative military tribute banners will be reinstalled along McBride Avenue once the weather gets nicer. Any family who has had a service member from town - active military, veteran, or KIA/MIA/POW - may sponsor a banner honoring that individual. The Borough of Woodland ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits. The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity. Also in effect, two ...

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BORDENTOWN, NJ – Longtime Bordentown resident and Governor’s aide Edwina Davis passed away on Tuesday, February 17. She was 82 years old. According to her obituary from Huber Moore Funeral Home, Davis was born in Lucknow, India and lived in several states including California, Delaware, Florida ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Although the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of the 48th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, its traditional mass at St. Rose Church will be held, taking on special significance during these unprecedented times. The March 6 mass, to be livestreamed at ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - St. James of the Marches offers five masses on Wednesday Feb. 17 for Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten Season.  Masses will be offered at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 9 a.m. mass is a Children's Mass. All masses will include the imposition of ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - As the Christian season of Lent is just around the corner, TAPinto dove deeper into the meaning of the Lenten season and what it means to local Roman Catholics. Lent begins on February 17,  which, for Catholics is Ash Wednesday. For those that aren’t Catholic, Ash Wednesday is ...

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