Religions and Spirituality

December 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Holy Trinity School had the honor of hosting Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark at the annual school Christmas Mass. The Mass was a well-attended event by students, parents, grandparents and parishioners.  The mass included music by the Holy Trinity School choir, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted the 4th annual Menorah Lighting on Monday evening on the Alan Augustine Village Green to commence the first night of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Union County presided over the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association and the Township of Scotch Plains will host its fourth annual Menorah Lighting on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:00 pm. The event includes a chocolate gelt drop and holiday latkes. Festivities will include a light show and ...

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METUCHEN, NJ -- The annual Advent Mass and Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at Saint Joseph High School (145 Plainfield Ave., Metuchen) on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A bell concert will begin at 4:45 with a mass following at 5:00 p.m. To RSVP click on this ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Religious School of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a community-wide Hanukkah party on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The celebration, which coincides with the seventh night of Hanukkah, is free and open to the public. The evening ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The local community is mourning the death of Rev. John J. Lester Jr., 85, of Fanwood, formerly of St Bartholomew the Apostle Church, Scotch Plains, who died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Born and raised in Jersey City, Fr. Lester was assigned to St. Bartholomew the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Children of the World choir will perform at Evangel Church (1251 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains) on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm. This is just one of the many stops on their 2018-2019 Refuge + Strength tour, which will take them all over the U.S. telling stories of refugee ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will host the annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.  The service is sponsored by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerial Association, which is comprised of local faith leaders, town mayors, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Goldstein as its new executive director. Goldstein joined the JCC 14 years ago and has served in many capacities. He held leadership roles in the JCC’s Teen Department, and for over nine years ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium on Saturday hosted a prayer serviceat the JCC of Central New Jersey in memory of the 11 people killed by a gunman at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last weekend. "We turn hate into love when we turn others into friends," said Rabbi ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey (1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) will host an interfaith gathering to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and to condemn hate-filled violence on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:00 p.m. The program has been put together by ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and Union County police departments have stepped up patrols outside all of the Jewish institutions -- including JCC and Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Sholom and the Chabad Center -- in Scotch Plains following last weekend's deadly ...

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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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