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Religions and Spirituality

May 9, 2022

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Township, South orange Village together with the SOMA Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Newark and the Maplewood Ukrainian Church of the Holy Ascension have invited all to attend a Pray for Ukraine solidarity event. The event, to express solidarity with ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Robert L. Bowser, the 12th Mayor of the City of East Orange passed away.  Mayor Bowser held the distinction of being the first African American in the history of the City to have been elected to serve a third term, serving four terms in total, from 1998 - 2014.  He ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - All U.S. and New Jersey flags will be flown at half-staff until Sunday, March 27 in honor of Madeleine Albright, announced President Biden.  "As a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright and her life of service to our Nation, I hereby order, by ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Showing the support of our community, Sunday afternoon, March 20, Maplewood will be hosting a Ceremony to raise the Ukrainian Flag on the Flagpole in front of the Maplewood Municipal Building on Valley Street, and all in the Community are invited to attend. The event is planned ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Congregation Oheb Shalom, located at 170 Scotland Road in South Orange invites all to a short Prayer Service on their front lawn tonight from 5:30 to 6pm. The service is open to all - Here's the Rabbi's statement: "Jewish wisdom holds that when it comes to the most ...

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NEWARK, N.J.-The Archdiocese of Newark will be holding a mass for Black History Month on Feb. 27 in Roselle. The mass will be presided over by Bishop Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., Bishop of Union County, and will honor black culture and its impact on American history. Here are the details:  Date and ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Archdiocese of Newark will be holding a mass for Black History Month on Feb. 13 in Bloomfield. The mass will be presided over by Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, D.D., Bishop of Bergen County, and will honor black culture and its impact on American history. Here are the details: Date and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting to address security concerns from the Jewish Faith-Based Community.  Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II will speak to the community on Wednesday, February 9, from 5-6 p.m.

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J - A diverse coalition of elected officials, religious leaders and residents gathered virtually on Martin Luther King, Jr Day (Jan. 17) to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader.  The ceremony was organized by the South Orange/Maplewood ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Stephen K. Jones, a titan in the health care field in New Jersey and a driving force in the merger that created RWJBarnabas Health, has died. Mr. Jones, who passed away at his home in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick on Monday, was 74. He also served as the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Jewish Center hung new mezuzot (prayer scrolls) on its doorways to celebrate the dedication of its facilities' expansion on Sunday, Dec. 5.  The center opened in 2008 and broke ground on expanding its Parker Avenue location in 2017; it would become a $1.5 million ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Spiotta Park was brightened Tuesday evening as community members gathered to light the menorah for the third night of Hanukkah. Village President Sheena Collum welcomed those present. She then introduced two of the Village Trustees who were also in attendance, Trustees Karen ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Rabbi Max Edwards, a South Orange resident, will be installed as assistant rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham (TBA) in Livingston during Friday evening services on Oct. 29. Edwards started his position over the summer of 2021 after being ordained in June by Hebrew College of Newton, ...

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NEWARK, N.J. — Parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark are invited to take up a special collection during Masses this weekend to help those affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated the southwestern region of Haiti on Aug.14. All proceeds from the collection will benefit Catholic ...

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NEW JERSEY — The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Oranges & Maplewood NAACP were among 90 New Jersey faith, community, and elected leaders who joined together to denounce antisemitism, reaffirm their solidarity with the Jewish community, and call on community leaders to join them by ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The mood was one of excitement, thanks and deep appreciation for history as the Oheb Shalom Congregation celebrated its new rabbi and cantor — the first new leaders in several decades — and thanked its long-serving clergy at a special service on Wednesday night. Rabbi Abigail ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Oheb Shalom Congregation is preparing to mark what it calls a “once-in-a-generation” transition as it installs new leadership and transitions from its long-serving rabbi and cantor. Rabbi Abigail Treu said she was drawn to the 162-year-old congregation for its commitment to ...

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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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A rally to support Israel and to denounce antisemitism was held in Millburn on Tuesday evening in Taylor Park. Approximately 300 people attended the event which featured several speakers, a statement from Congressman Tom Malinowski read by someone else, a prayer and concluded with singing the ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Thousands of area residents, including nearly 2,000 Jews from several MetroWest synagogues, schools and other institutions, united in Livingston on Sunday morning to demonstrate solidarity with Israel and to condemn the recent string of anti-Semitic attacks occurring globally and ...

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