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Temple Sinai of Summit to Sponsor Annual Scholar in Henry Dorfman Memorial Scholar in Residence

Temple Sinai of Summit will again sponsor its annual Scholar in Henry Dorfman Memorial Scholar in
Residence Program on April 27 and 28. This year’s scholar will be J. J. Goldberg, a journalist and author
who is currently a columnist and editor-at-large of the Forward. He was editor-in-chief from 2000 to
2007. The overall topic for the weekend will be The Jewish Vote, Looking Back 60 Years, Looking

He will lecture on Friday night, April 27, after the regular Sabbath service, beginning at 7:30 p.m. His
topic will be The Changing Political Profile of American Jewry. On Saturday night, again beginning
at 7:30 p.m., he will speak on The 2012 Elections and Jewish Concerns. He will be joined in a panel
discussion with Jeffrey Plaut, son of Anne and Jon Plaut, of Summit. Jeff grew up as a member of
Temple Sinai and is now a senior partner with Global Strategy Group of New York, a political consulting

Mr. Goldberg is the author of Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment, published in
1996 by Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.. It was named by the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the “100
Most Important Books of 1996” and was described by The New York Times as a book that “can teach
even the initiated a thing or two about American Jewish life in the postwar period.”

He has written numerous articles for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The
New Republic, Salon, Beliefnet and many other publications. He appears frequently as a guest on NPR,
BBC radio and television, CNN and other broadcast outlets. He hosted his own interview program,
Inside the Issues with J.J.Goldberg, on The Jewish Channel. He developed and taught a course in
Jewish political studies at Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, and he lectures regularly
at colleges, synagogues and community centers across the country.

His writings have been honored repeatedly, and in 1987 he won the prestigious Corporation for Public
Broadcasting Award and the Ohio State Award for his documentary on Jewish popular music, One
People, Many Voices. He has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury and a board member of the
Foundation for Jewish Journalism.

Before beginning his career in journalism, Mr. Goldberg lived and worked in Israel throughout much of
the 1970’s.He served as an education specialist at the World Zionist Organization and was a founding
member of Kibbutz Gezer, near Tel Aviv.

Jeffrey Plaut will appear on the panel with Mr. Goldberg on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. He leads
strategic research and public affairs engagements for the Global Strategy Group, New York City. His
corporate clients include IBM, GE and Blu-Ray. His political clients include the Democratic Governors
Association, the New Jersey Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, the New Jersey Senate
Democratic Majority, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. His non-profit clients include New
York Road Runners and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Jeff is a graduate of Brown University and the Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs. He is an
adjunct professor at Fordham University and is frequently seen giving commentary on public affairs
issues on NY1. In 2011, Mr. Plaut was named PoliticsNJ “Pollster of the Year.”

The weekend lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, however, and they

can be made by calling the Temple Office, 908-273-4921, or by going online to the Temple’s website,

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Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business AM discussing several upcoming pivotal earnings and possible market reactions:

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Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at SOPAC

Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on Thursday, May 10 , through Sunday, May 13, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and ...

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Practice for the PARCC @ Your Library

Students in Grades 3 and up who live in Summit can practice the Math and Language Arts skills that they learned in school and prepare for the upcoming PARCC exam using the Summit Free Public Library’s FREE subscriptions to Lumos Step Up and Learning Express.  

To access Lumos Step Up and Learning Express, visit the library’s website:

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