Religions and Spirituality

March 27, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- TAPintoSPF wishes a Happy Passover to our readers who are celebrating the holiday.  Passover (Pesach) commemorates the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus. TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While they won’t be coming into the new worship space all at once, the 4,000 families of The Parish Community of Saint Helen will be returning to a church that has been rebuilt from the ground up — literally. A ribbon cutting for the 15,700-square foot space is set for Monday, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-WESTFIELD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel of Scotch Plains and Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, along with area Jewish camps, conducted The Purim Amazing Race on Sunday, February 21, in advance of the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Purim Amazing Race provided a safe and fun way for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Temple Sholom held its annual Purim Carnival, run by the temple's youth group on Sunday, Feb. 28, but it looked much different from previous carnivals.  This year, due to social distancing policies given the pandemic, the event was converted to a drive-through carnival ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield greeted a special visitor on Thursday, Feb. 4: Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, who came bearing a gift: a Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week and honoring Holy Trinity's history dating back to 1916 in the town. The mayor read the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Advisory Board of St. Bartholomew Academy recently reached a milestone of $12,000 in a fundraising appeal aimed at ensuring that any family desiring a St. Bartholomew Academy education can afford it. The Advisory Board fundraising program, named the Tuition Angel ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2020. Today, we revisit the top Religion stories of the year. Cantor Matt Axelrod of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) youth group presented a living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 20, with teens playing the roles of Mary and Joseph, shepherds and the magi. Alongside the actors were sheep, goats, Dominique the donkey, and an alpaca.  Immaculate Heart of Mary ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) youth group will present a living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The performers will do a retelling of the Christmas story, complete with live animals and a manger. Immaculate Heart of Mary is located at 1571 Martine ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith, joined by Mayor-elect Josh Losardo, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey and other officials, helped Rabbi Avrohom Blesofsky of the Union County Chabad Center light the candles to signify the first night of Hanukkah in Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Rebecca Strug, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has been named a "Youth of the Year" by the Northern New Jersey Region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Inc. Rebecca won the award through the Men's Club of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI), which ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kimberly Harrigan to serve as Principal beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Ms. Harrigan has been the Principal of Visitation Academy in Paramus since 2013. A product of Catholic schools herself, from grammar ...

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Some nurses and other caregivers say they’re being forced to choose between their beliefs and their careers. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- John J. Myers, who led the Archdiocese of Newark from 2001 until 2017, died in Illinois on Sept. 24 at age 19. Prior to his installation in Newark, he served as a bishop in the Diocese of Peoria, IL, for over a decade. Archbishop Myers was ordained as a priest in 1966 and earned a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As is the early fall tradition, members of Men's Club at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) pitched in Thursday night to build the synagogue's sukkah, as the Jewish community in Scotch Plains/Fanwood prepares to celebrate the week-long holiday of Sukkot, beginning Friday, ...

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METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School has announced that John G. Nolan, Jr. will fill the role as president of the all boys Catholic high school following the departure of Justin Fleetwood this summer. In a letter to the Saint Joseph Community, John Langdon, Chairman, Board of Directors, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will offer a combination of virtual and in-person socially-distant services and events in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The synagogue’s Family Service and its Community Shofar Blowing are both free and open to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Representative Tom Malinowski has announced that Congregation Beth Israel and St. John's Baptist Church in Scotch Plains are among the $100,000 grant recipients of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  for the Fiscal Year ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains held an installation ceremony on Friday, June 12, to welcome its new Officers and Board of Trustees and to thank its outgoing leaders. The ceremony was held virtually during its Friday evening Shabbat services, which were broadcast live ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends, family, students, faculty, and members of the Scotch Plains fire, police and rescue squads participated in a 20-minute mini parade through St. Bartholomew Academy's parking lot to say thank you and bid farewll to Sister Elizabeth Calello, who is retiring.  "Oh my ...

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Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club Plays Key Role in Supplying Needed Items WESTFIELD, NJ  -- Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield has taken a leadership role during this Covid-19 crisis to supply hundreds of needed items to area hospitals, according to Lori Arena, RN, Holy Trinity ...

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