Religions and Spirituality

October 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Hundreds gathered at St. Bartholomew of the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for the fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer, which featured speakers from the Sikh and Hindu faiths for the first time in the event’s history. With the theme "Striving to Make ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Fanwood Presbyterian Church pastor David Janke, and the monks from the Dhammakaya Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave.)  and others participated in a Candle Lighting for World Peace on Saturday night.   "(It was an) extremely moving and beautiful evening ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold Tot Shabbat services on designated Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year.  These interactive services are especially designed for young children, ages 0 – 5 years old, along with their families.

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- There's still time to save through the JCC's Camp Yachad Summer 2019 Early Bird Special, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Register now to get 2018 rates and lock in your spot! 2019 Camp Yachad Dates  Session 1: Monday, June 24 - Friday, July 19 (no camp ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The fifth annual Union County Day of Prayer on Oct. 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains).promises to deliver a message of unity, embracement of diversity and community goodwill say local church leaders.  Union ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Things are about to get creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky at First United Methodist Church Westfield! As the Westfield community prepares to celebrate the works of Charles Addams at Addams Fest, FUMC Westfield will be taking a look at some “Addams Family Values” during ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The Union Catholic Community paused in prayer on Tuesday morning to honor the memory of the victims of 9/11. John Becht, UC's Campus Minister, and UC students Shaun Keating, Brianna Pinheiro, and Katie Paltz all delivered prayers that aired over UCTV. That was followed by ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- What could be better than ice cream on a 90+ degree summer day? (Yes, it is still technically summer until Sept. 21). The answer is having it served by "celebrity scooper" Rabbi Howard Tilman of Congregation Beth Israel, who made his second annual guest appearance at Rocko's Ice ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Rabbi Howard Tilman, of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) will return on Wednesday, Sept. 5, as a “celebrity scooper” at Rocko’s Ice Cream (38 S. Martine Ave., Fanwood), at the temple's back-to-school social from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by CBI’s Religious School, which ...

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The Union County Torah Center - Chabad is presenting a Summer 2018 Film Festival to take place at the center, 111 Laurel Place, Westfield. The third film in the series will be on Wednesday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m. The film is “Orchestra of Exiles.” Some stories get lost in the turmoil of their ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium and first responders met at CEO Suites (1812 Front St.) last week for a suicide prevention training session presented by Caring Contact. Westfield-based Caring Contact provides award-winning comprehensive training to both our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Knights of Columbus (2400 North Ave, Scotch Plains)held its annual golf outing fundraiser at Ashbrook Golf Course in Scotch Plains on Monday. Nearly 100 golfers participated in a day that included breakfast, 18 holes of golf, and a catered lunch. TAPintoSPF was a hole ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The staff at Trinitas Regional Medical Center were presented with handmade hats for their newborn infants as well as patients at the Cancer Center last week by the 4C’s, a club from St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Scotch Plains resident Alesia Porter, program ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Blue caps were sent skyward and jubilant screams echoed through the air outside Union Catholic High School just as the clock struck noon on Thursday. The Class of 2018 had just completed their graduation ceremony, and the 192 members of the senior class were letting their ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One of the most historic and memorable moments in Union Catholic history took place when Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., the Archbishop of Newark, celebrated the Ascension of the Lord Mass on Thursday morning in the school’s gym. It was the first time ever that a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County Torah Center-Chabad celebrated the Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer Thursday evening with a Family Fun Day featuring sports and games with Throwback Sports, balloons and magic by Magic Maurice, a moon bounce, a hot dog barbecue, sweet treats and a bonfire. The Union ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic joined the national collective voice on Wednesday morning with a student-led, school-wide prayer service. The prayer service, preceded by a video statement from Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, took place for 17 minutes in memory of the victims at Marjory Stoneman ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave.) will present Pamela Schuller, an internationally known disability advocate and stand-up comedian, along with experts on children with special needs on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This program has been organized in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A group of students from Union Catholic's Students for Human Dignity Club headed south to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 19, to participate in the 45th annual March For Life.   Students from Union Catholic were joined by the St. Bartholomew and Immaculate Heart of Mary ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF wants to wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of out readers.  According to Smithsonian magazine, the modern Christmas card industry in the U.S. began in 1915 when a Kansas City-based fledgling postcard printing company started by Joyce Hall ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A record crowd braved freezing temperatures to experience Scotch Plains Township's third annual menorah lighting on Tuesday evening.  The event was led by Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of the Chabad of Union County, which is located in Scotch Plains, Rabbi Levi Block of the Union ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America.   According to ReformJudaism.org, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m.  More than 40 members of the music ministry of St. Bartholomew Parish will perform a blend of familiar carols, contemporary songs, and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Presbyterian Church (74 S. Martine Ave.) will host a Christmas gift wrapping fund raiser to support the Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts on December 10, 16, and 17, 2017. "Bring your unwrapped gifts and we will wrap them for you." The gift wrapping will be held at ...

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