Religions and Spirituality

April 22, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Elected and religious leaders spoke on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building yesterday evening, reflecting on the conviction of George Floyd's murderer and outlining steps for a just future.  “To be honest, it's hard to be here,” said Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee. “I ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Holocaust survivors, family and friends told stories of survival, losing relatives and finding some decades later during yesterday's Remember and Tell SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service.  It was started in 1977 and is the longest-running such service in New Jersey.

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MADISON, NJ — All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday. “Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen!  The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below. The South Orange ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A day after Gov. Phil Murphy addressed his plan to provide equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Jersey’s minority communities, Essex County officials announced the formation of a partnership with local religious leaders to springboard this effort.  County ...

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PATERSON, NJ — The iconic American movie, Around the World in Days, premiered in 1956. On Christmas morning, December 25, 2020, a group of singers, led by Council Vice President Lilisa Mimms, toured around the Silk City, by trolley, in less than three hours. The courageous carolers were not daunted ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born. More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Even as news of a vaccine brought hope to the participants, the small group of people who gathered on the sixth night of Hanukkah in Ricalton Square remained socially distanced. The celebration usually includes food and drink, but this year take away donuts were provided to enjoy ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although Hanukkah, “The Festival of Lights,” is considered a minor Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America. In 2020, Hanuhhah begins this evening and continues through the evening of Dec. 18. When the Greeks ruled what is now ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The annual holiday tree lighting the Gazebo on Springfield Avenue was without the usual ceremony this year. The event was entirely walk-through to keep too many people from gathering in Maplecrest Park. Santa Claus, the Grinch and Olaf from Frozen were all at the tree lighting, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although without its usual fanfare and exuberant crowds due to the pandemic, the Maplewood Christmas tree is lit. John James, president of the Maplewood Village Alliance, said words of welcome and thanks to Mayor Frank McGehee, Dickens Village coordinator Ellen Davenport, also a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Santa supporters everywhere are getting their jingle bells ready! The Christmas spirit around the world is alive and well! It will be heard in waves as time zones around the world celebrate! On December 24, believers around the world, whatever time zone they are ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The annual tree lighting ceremonies will be held this Saturday in South Orange at 76 South Orange Avenue at 5 p.m. and in Maplewood at Ricalton Square at 4:30 p.m. Due to Governor Phil Murphy’s recent order to limit outdoor gatherings to fewer than 25 people members ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — The Wyoming Presbyterian Church's annual pumpkin sale starts today after a logistics delay. The church had "some difficulty in getting drivers to deliver pumpkins from the Navajo Indian reserve in New Mexico this year," said a representative for the Millburn church. The sale ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 150 people gathered on the steps of Maplewood Town Hall for a Shofar service to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Members of the crowd brought out posters with phrases like “We Must Now Be Ruthless” and “Dissent is Patriotic” to celebrate Justice ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Many are mourning the death of Msgr. William Harms, former pastor of the Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield, from 2000-2011, died Aug. 27, 2020, at Our Lady of Peace Rectory in New Providence, at the age of 80. Msgr. William Harms was remembered for bringing the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A letter made public on Facebook from a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) requested that one of his parishioners refrain from wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt to Mass. In the letter written by Rev. Brian Needles, Pastor at OLS, he says that he has received several ...

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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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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University will co-host the International Gita Symposium 2020, "The Bhagavad Gita and Humanity Today," online on August 14, 2020. A partnership between the Gita Jayanti Committee, Singapore, and Seton Hall University's Institute for Communication and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When a Jewish person dies, friends and family sit shiva, gathering for a week to provide solidarity and comfort to those the deceased left behind. Congregants at Congregation Beth El decided to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement by sitting shiva publicly for George ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan.  The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of ...

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