Religions and Spirituality

December 25, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. capped off its 2018 Christmas party focused on the spirit of giving back. On Dec. 15, the children gathered at The Woodland in Maplewood and put their heart and soul into a community service project dubbed ‘Operation Love ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — There are so many SOMA homes with amazing decorations for the holiday season, from homes decorated with strands of twinkling lights to oversized inflatables of Santa and snowpals filling front yards. Here are homes with great holiday decorations you won't want to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the third and final day when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa, take a horse ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday was a day of holiday festivities in Maplewood, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at three local restaurants: Cedar Ridge Cafe, Village Trattoria, and St. James's Gate. Saturday afternoon was Springfield Avenue's 6th Annual Holiday Celebration, which included live music ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Saturday brought another Hometown Holiday celebration to downtown South Orange, featuring visits and photos with Santa in the firehouse, the Elf Parade on South Orange Avenue, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum welcomed all to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A lively group, mostly comprised of members of Congregation Beth Ephraim, gathered in Ricalton Square for the lighting of the candle on the fifth night of Hanukkah. The communal celebration of the holiday was attended by Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, several members of the Maplewood ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There are three holiday celebrations this Saturday, Dec. 8, in South Orange and Maplewood. Here's what's going on: SOUTH ORANGE'S HOMETOWN HOLIDAY From the South Orange Village website: Join us on Saturday, December 8th for Hometown Holiday. Our annual ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange celebrated the start of Hanukkah with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah in Spiotta Park Sunday evening, Dec 2. Despite the light rain, a crowd turned out for the ceremony which was proceeded by the serving of donuts and hot chocolate. South Orange ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Riding a bright red Maplewood Fire Engine, Santa, accompanied by two firefighters, arrived at Dickens Village in Ricalton Square on Saturday afternoon. Santa was greeted by admirers both young and old before being escorted by Dickens Village co-chair Ellen Davenport to settle ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Sunday, Dec. 2, South Orange Village and Congregations Beth El, Oheb Shalom, and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel will join together for the annual Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony and celebration in Spiotta Park. The event is planned for 5 p.m. and will include music, hot ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns for the holiday season. The 'spectacular' takes place weekends in November, then takes place every night in December.  Holiday Lights Spectacular dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 23-25, November ...

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 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department held their first annual open house and dedicated their new engine on Saturday, Oct. 13. The open house was a chance to welcome the community, exhibit equipment, and demonstrate life-saving equipment, including how the "Jaws of Life" can be used to ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - 'Café Q', a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, debuted on October 21 with 16 young people in attendance. Based on the enthusiastic reception to the concept, the cafe will continue its planned schedule of being open the third Sunday of each month. As such, 'Café Q' will ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Sunday, November 11. Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band. After the first musical ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Happy Halloween from TAPinto SOMA! Please send photos of yourself, your children, your pets, and your home dressed up for Halloween to asandler@tapinto.net and we’ll share them in this photo gallery. Does your family or neighborhood have Halloween traditions ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SOMA houses decorated for Halloween never disappoint, and this year is no exception with giant spiders, inflatable cats, and ghosts and goblins of all kinds to be found creeping from porches and haunting front yards. Below is a list of more than 20 of the spookiest ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here are three ways to celebrate Halloween in SOMA this Wednesday, Oct. 31. SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE CENTER South Orange celebrates Halloween with their annual Halloween Festival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in "Spooky Spiotta Park," featuring an appearance ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds of residents came together in Spiotta Park on Sunday evening to stand together against hate and remember the victims of the Jewish Tree of Faith Synagogue and other victims of hate crimes. The speakers at the rally, which included community leaders, clergy and elected ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office has responded to Saturday morning's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue by implementing stronger security measures and urging more vigilance at local temples and other places of worship. "Sheriff Armando ordered that the officers of his ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - An interfaith gathering to stand together against hate and remember the victims of the Jewish Tree of Faith Synagogue will be held on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Spiotta Park, according to an update on Twitter from Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El. Olitzky tweeted, "On ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park. The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The local Jewish community celebrated the opening of the new Chabad at Short Hills Center for Jewish Life, located at 650 South Orange Avenue, located right on the border of Livingston and Short Hills. The grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by both ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Desi Club is preparing to welcome the community to their Indian Independence Day celebration on August 15. This year marks the 71st anniversary of Indian Independence from Britain becoming a free democratic nation. The Desi Club is excited to welcome not ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) will celebrate 'LGBTQ Pride Month' with a visit from Abby Stein, who will share her unusual and inspirational story of transition from Hasidic rabbi to transgender activist during a wine and cheese reception held June 10 at 4:30 p.m. Stein, a direct ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar. Local elected officials who ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - 12 choirs, 100 ringers, and 1,300 bells can mean just one thing -- the St. John’s Lutheran Church's Handbell Festival is set to take place in the Hiltop City. The third annual edition will take place Sunday afternoon, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. The choirs will gather and separate into ...

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Updated at 10 p.m. on March 23 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Despite the recent snow, Maplewood's Spring Egg Hunt is on as scheduled this Sunday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park. "Bring your rain boots [it’s pretty mushy out there] and a basket or bag," stated an email from the Maplewood ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin at 8 a.m. this Saturday, March 17, at St. James's Gate and continue until last call late that night. A special St. Patrick's Day menu will be served, which has traditional Irish dishes like shepherds pie, Irish stew and fish and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court. Peck, who is a member of the ...

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