The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Morris County warmly welcomes new families to visit and join our community. Join us in celebrating Judaism through rituals that reflect tradition in ways consistent with modern culture and beliefs. We gather regularly for Sunday School and adult education, celebrate all principal holidays in the Jewish calendar, enjoy Shabbat and Havdalah services in members’ homes, and offer community support for life cycle events from baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings, to funerals and memorial services. With few exceptions, our events are open to all.
The PCLC invites potential high school students and their parent(s) to the PCLC, from 10:00 to 11:30am for an introduction to our revolutionary educational model enhanced by technology and featuring excellent teaching by subject experts. Participate in model classes and a Q&A Session; meet our director, staff, and current students. Register here: www.pclcnj.com/openhouse
Congregation Beth Israel and The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation are collaborating to host their sixth annual fundraiser, a Fashion and Talent Show, on Sunday, December 15, at 1:00 p.m. at the synagogue. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation – a non-profit organization that provides emotional and material support to New Jersey’s children with cancer and their families – and Congregation Beth Israel, both in Scotch Plains.
Lord & Taylor of Westfield will provide men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, modeled by volunteers from Congregation Beth Israel and The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. In addition, performers of all ages from the synagogue, ECF and the community will volunteer their time to showcase their talents at the event.
The Talent and Fashion Show is open to the community. The first 100 pre-registered, pre-paid guests will receive gift bags. A raffle will be held with prizes for all ages, and light refreshments will be served at the event. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
To register, call the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830.
Sponsored by: Congregation Beth Israel and The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
Music Treasures of the American Yiddish Theatre: Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 PM
YIVO at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (Map) Category: Music, Performances
Join us as we celebrate the work of most popular composers from the golden age of Yiddish American theatre, otherwise known as the “Big Four of Second Avenue:” Abraham Ellstein, Alexander Olshanetsky, Sholom Secunda and Joseph Rumshinsky. This concert features these composers’ hits for the Yiddish stage, as well as their classical, cantorial, and American musical compositions, works which are almost never performed, and in some cases, entirely forgotten. The music featured in this concert is from the collections of the radio station WEVD, the papers of Abraham Ellstein, and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theatre Memorial Collections at YIVO Institute.
Box Office: smarttix.com | 212.868.4444
Sponsored by: The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series
The Hester Street Troupe, a group specializing in Klezmer and Jewish entertainment has been electrifying audiences for over thirty years. Their extraordinary repertoire consists of Klezmer, a style where the clarinet imitates human emotions like laughing and crying, songs from Yiddish Vaudeville and Second Avenue theatres, as well as classic older and more contemporary Jewish Melodies.
$25 per person, $18 early bird special (payment received by 12/10), $10 children 3-12
Contact the office at 732-367-1677 or 732-363-5190 for tickets or additional information.
A captivating and entertaining show on the life of Frank Sinatra, starring Donnie Ferraro. The music, stories and humor of the great singer presented with style by Ferraro and Joe Gilligan. A delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner will be served. Tickets are $24 per person. RSVP to 732 381 8403 ext 11 by Dec 12.
Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 PM
Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042 (Map) Category: Film, Learning, Lectures
“The Gatekeepers”, an Oscar Nominated documentary explores the security forces in Israel. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-—both Palestinian and Jewish—the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, is present at the crossroad of every decision. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually, and the six as a group, came to reconsider their hardline positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.
Following the film, a discussion will be co-led by two Israelis from the community; one from J Street North Jersey, and the other the head of the Film Committee at Shomrei Emunah.
What Does it Mean to Be Pro-Israel in America Today
Monday, December 16 at 8:15 PM
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (Map) Category: Lectures
A new voice for Israel takes on the old guard:J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami squares off against AJC’s David Harris and Commentary’s John Podhoretz in a conversation about what it means to be pro-Israel in this day and age. The 92nd St Y will host the event on Monday, December 16 at 8:15pm, moderated by Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner. Open to the public; tickets required
Tuesday, December 17 at 12:00 PM
Congregation Ohav Emeth, 415 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, NJ (Map) Category: Families, Learning, Singles
Edison Personal Aliyah Planning Meetings
Nefesh B’Nefesh will arrange Aliyah Planning meetings for the Edison area, hosted by Adina Bennett, on Tuesday, December 17th from 12:00pm-8:15pm. The Personal Aliyah counseling meetings are available with Nefesh B’Nefesh Staff by appointment only.
Hosted by Adina Bennett
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Personal Pre-Aliyah Counseling meetings are available with the Nefesh B’Nefesh staff by appointment only. If you appear without an appointment we will not be able to meet with you.
Please follow this link to register for the event: http://www.nbn.org.il/jnbncal/main/2/5490
Volunteer with Mitzvah Mania: Make a friend with special needs
Sunday, December 22 at 10:30 AM
Group Home, Orange, NJ (Map) Category: Learning
Help adults and teens with special needs complete an art project that they’ll be proud of. If you are interested in with Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey. This volunteer opportunity is open to teens between the ages of 12-18.
firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 929-2963
Sponsored by: The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life
Monday, December 23 at 4:00 PM
The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, 901 Rt 10 Whippany, NJ (Map) Category: Fundraisers, Learning
Join us as we collect items for Hurricane Sandy victims still in need, and raise money for victims of the Typhoon in the Phillipines at The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life in Whippany.
RSVP to Dara at email@example.com or (973)929-2963. Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 are welcome to participate.
firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 929-2963
Sponsored by: The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life
Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 PM
Mister East, 2401 Wood Avenue Roselle NJ 07203 (Map) Category: Singles
The Matzoball began 27 years ago as an annual Jewish singles event taking place on Christmas Eve in multiple cities across the US. Young Jews would find themselves on vacation with nothing to do on a night where practically everything was closed. This posed a problem because even staying at home was not an option – everything on the Television and radio was geared toward the celebration of Christmas! So why not throw a big party where all your friends could get together and mingle, socialize and network?
Why not indeed! Twenty-seven years and innumerable friendships, hookups and marriages later, the Matzoball is now an American Jewish institution that includes events year round as well as travel opportunities and more!
Thursday, January 2 at 6:30 PM
Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth, 201 South Third Avenue, Highland Park, NJ (Map)
The Highland Park Conservative Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth is hosting an event on January 5. 2014 that will provide college selection information to high school juniors and seniors. We will have a panel of college students present on how they chose the college they did, and give information on Jewish life on campus. We will also have a few campus Jewish life professionals give tips on Jewish life on campus and what to look for. Dairy dinner will be served.
RSVP to email@example.com by December 30, 2013.
Mitchel Rosen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth
Sunday, January 5 at 12:00 PM
Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen, NJ (Map) Category: Health
JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) will present an informative program on substance abuse and addiction at noon on January 5th.
JACS is dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community.
The session will include a DVD, an addict and parent sharing their stories and a question and answer period. The program is presented by the Adult Jewish Growth committee of Temple Shalom. Temple Shalom is located at 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen.
Ed Miller at email@example.com
Temple Shalom at 732-566-2621
Sponsored by: Temple Shalom of Aberdeen Adult Jewish Growth Committee
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, BEN SIDRAN AT TEMPLE NER TAMID
January 10 and 11, 2014
Ben Sidran, jazz musician and author, has been a major force in the modern day history of jazz and rock & roll, having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Mose Allison and Tony Williams. He is the host of NPR’s Jazz Alive series. Pianist, producer, singer, and composer, he has recorded more than 30 solo albums, plus he is the author of the fascinating There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream. (A must read!)
Friday, January 10 - Ben will participate in services and speak about his amazing book. Services at 6:30 pm; pot luck (dairy—no meat or shellfish) dinner at 7:30, followed by a talk with Ben.
Saturday, January 11 - Havdalah Café beginning at 7:30 p.m., performed by Ben Sidran. A rare and amazing opportunity to hear one of the leading jazz musicians in the US! The cost is $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. Desserts provided.
This weekend has been made possible by Marge & Paul Grayson in memory of Elinor Neifeld z’l.
Early Learning Center Offers Free Fun With My Grown Up
Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00 AM
Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen, NJ (Map) Category: Children, Learning
The Early Learning Center of Temple Shalom is pleased to offer a winter session of their popular free program for toddlers – Fun With My Grown Up. All are welcome to bring a child ages 30 months and younger for their first preschool experience full of play, singing, crafts and more. Bring friends or make new ones.
“Our fall session was successful and we are pleased to be able to continue this program for free,” says Director of Schools Cindy Terebush. “Our Fun With My Grown Up program will get children comfortable in a preschool classroom before they have to separate from a parent or caregiver. Just like our 2-5 year old students who have the benefit of multi-age experiences in our open classroom, they will play, have sensory experiences, sing songs, explore art and spend time in a safe, social setting.”
Fun With My Grown Up will take place every Tuesday from January 14-March 25 at 10:00-11:00 am. Register for as many Tuesdays as you wish. To save your space or get more information, call Cindy Terebush 732-566-2961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 17 at 8:15 PM
Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen, NJ (Map) Category: Religious services
The community is invited to take part on Friday, January 17th at 8:15 pm when Temple Shalom of Aberdeen and New Light Baptist Church of Cliffwood Beach join together to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Temple Shalom will welcome Rev. John Armstrong and his congregation to Friday night services where Rev. Armstrong will be the speaker. The Temple Shalom and New Light choirs will join together in song at this service.
Sponsored by: Social Action Committee of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen
The PCLC offers high-quality, full-day Jewish education for grades 6-12. Our classes are enhanced by technology and feature excellent teaching by subject experts. We invite interested middle school students and their parent(s) to participate in model classes, meet our staff and current students, and discover our revolutionary educational model. Register here: www.pclcnj.com/openhouse
Friday, March 21 at 10:00 AM
Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset NJ (Map) Category: Families, Seniors
More than 250 American artisans will personally show and sell their handcrafted work at the 21st annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.
Craftspeople at the Festival are jury-selected and are the finest artisans from around the country. They will showcase their latest works in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, metal, leather, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art.
In addition to browsing and buying one-of-a-kind items, craft lovers will experience the fun, family-oriented tradition of the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival including small-batch foods to try and buy from specialty purveyors, demonstrations from master craftspeople, interactive children’s activities and live music.
For more information, including admission discounts, exhibitor lists and directions visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site. Images of some of the work are available at http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/pr/spring_somerset_photo.html.
-Friday, March 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-Saturday, March 22: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
-Sunday, March 23: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.