Religions and Spirituality

February 13, 2019

Updated at 10:08 a.m. on Feb. 14 WESTFIELD, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark are seven priests who served at churches in the town. Six of the priests ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time in its history, the town’s police department has two chaplains. Rabbi Douglas Sagal and Deacon Keith Gibbons took the oath of office at Town Hall on Tuesday, along with Frank Padovano, formerly a Westfield police lieutenant, who was sworn in as captain before ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — How do law enforcement officials tell family members their loved one has died, and who do police officers turn to for guidance when one of their own passes? Starting Tuesday, the Westfield Police Department will have two chaplains — Rabbi Douglas Sagal of Temple Emanu-El and ...

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Updated at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 22 WESTFIELD, NJ — How does one respond to acts of hatred? Speakers addressed this topic during a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his works on Monday. Stanley Talbert, a doctoral student at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, told a full ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to freezing temperatures, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March set for Monday morning has been called off, but the church service is still on, authorities said. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service will be held at the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —Shushmita and Amit Srivastav opened their Westfield home last month to more than 200 friends and neighbors to celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. Attendees included Mayor Shelley Brindle and Councilman David Contract. “There was so much positive energy that day. It was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In observance of the first night of Hanukkah, Westfield residents attended a menorah lighting by the North Avenue train station with Union County Torah Center-Chabad. Attendees enjoyed treats of doughnuts and gelt (chocolate coins), courtesy of the synagogue. The menorah, ...

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Last updated: 2:06 p.m. Oct. 29 Local Police, Other Agencies Tighten Security At Jewish Institutions WESTFIELD, NJ – Community members came together in a vigil after what is being described as the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history left 11 people dead and six wounded at a synagogue in ...

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Last updated: 3:19 p.m. Oct. 29 The greater Westfield and Union County communities are invited. WESTFIELD, NJ – A local temple will hold a vigil following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that left at least 11 dead on Saturday. Temple Emanu-El will hold the “Vigil ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield observed the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a community gathering on Tuesday at the September 11 Memorial site on North Avenue at East Broad Street. Part of North Avenue near the memorial was closed during the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town of Westfield will observe the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a community gathering that evening at the September 11 Memorial on North Avenue at East Broad Street. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.  Mayor Shelley Brindle extended ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Conservation efforts of the historical burial ground across from the Presbyterian Church of Westfield on Mountain Avenue are in the final stages.  Multi-phased fundraising efforts by the church made it possible to perform maintenance on one of Westfield’s most historically ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The staff at Trinitas Regional Medical Center was presented with handmade hats for 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. Alesia Porter, program director of the 4C’s, along with ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ – Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein spent the majority of his life in silence surrounding his horrifying experiences as a young boy. According to his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, those memories were simply too painful to share. “I’ve always known that my father was a ...

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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 pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court. Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in ...

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