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Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, Tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Car Show and Food Truck Festival at Saint Joseph High School on April 28

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 

Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Bro-Rito
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield March 27

WESTFIELD, NJ – Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein spent the majority of his life in silence surrounding his horrifying experiences as a young boy. According to his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, those memories were simply too painful to share.

“I’ve always know that my father was a Holocaust survivor,” Bornstein ...

Holocaust Survivor Peter Fleischmann Shared Amazing Journey to Freedom with Union Catholic Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Holocaust survivor Peter Fleischmann shared his extraordinary journey on Thursday, March 15, when gave a heartfelt, enlightening, and educational presentation to a group of students at Union Catholic. Fleischmann detailed his remarkable path to freedom from Czechoslovakia to the U.S. 77 years ago.

Speaking to Mrs. Kathleen Webber’s English class, ...

Immaculate Heart of Mary Celebrates The Life of Former Pastor Sean Cunneen at Funeral Mass

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rev. Michael Ward, Rev. Valentine Ugwuanya, Deacon Jack Lynch, Director of Music Ministry Katie Mantineo Wills, and members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on Saturday celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Rev. Monsignor Sean Cunneen, who served as IHM's pastor from 2007 until 2012.

Father Sean was born on February 14, 1941, in Orange, NJ, and ...

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Congregation Beth Israel Students Learn About Islam

April 23, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On April 11, Jewish students from Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains and Mrs. Kouser Izhar, a Moslem woman from East Brunswick, met at the synagogue for a conversation about Islam.

Kouser, an information technology professional, offered to teach the seventh-grade students about Islam when she heard of their interest in learning about other religions. Kouser Izhar ...