NCJW, West Morris to Present Free Workshop on Jewish Attitudes toward ‘Pleasures of the Flesh’

Rabbi Leana

Rabbi Leana Moritt, spiritual leader of the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation in New York City and founder and director of Thresholds: For the Jewishly Curious, will lead a lively series of free workshops exploring Jewish attitudes toward “Pleasures of the Flesh.” The workshops are sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section and coordinated through the organization’s Our Jewish World program, chaired by Ellen Nesson and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown. Continue reading

Pet Therapy Subject of NCJW, West Morris Personal Giving Thank-You Program June 14


The NCJW, West Morris Section Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch is going to the dogs! Morristown Medical Center’s Soothing Paws™ Pet Therapy representatives Peggy Grow, together with her dog Lilly, and Elizabeth Siccone, with her dog Cid, will give an informative presentation about this wonderful program on Sunday morning, June 14, at 10 a.m., at a private home in Denville. The NCJW, West Morris Personal Giving campaign is coordinated by Dorothy Cohen of Denville and Anne Gorman of Rockaway.

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Rabbi Mark Biller to Place Judaism in the Hot Seat: Imagine Judaism Applying for a Job

Rabbi Mark Biller

Rabbi Mark Biller

Rabbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona, will lead a provocative, free, two-part series titled “The Modern Employment Test: And Judaism Is the Applicant,” on Tuesdays, June 9 and 16, at noon, at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany. The series is coordinated by National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World, chaired by Ellen Nesson and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown.

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‘Kosher Lite’ Cooking Class June 7


Looking for ways to make kosher dishes with fewer calories but just as tasty as the originals? Want to re-create dishes your grandmother made, but with a 21st-century twist? Then come to the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section’s “Kosher Lite” cooking class. The class will be held on Sunday, June 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Village Food Garden Culinary Center at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown, West Hanover Avenue (across from Mennen Arena).  Continue reading

Free Poetry Workshop May 21 in Denville

Gail Fishman Gerwin

Gail Fishman Gerwin

Do you Haibun? Gail Fishman Gerwin of Morristown does.

With Gerwin, a published poet, leading the way, members and prospective members of NCJW, West Morris Section will take part in a free poetry workshop, looking at examples of this form–prose poetry (sometimes stanza poetry but mostly prose), combined with Haiku–on Thursday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., at Panera, Shoppes at Union Hill, Route 10 West, Denville.

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Rabbi David Nesson

Do you know how many books there are in the Bible? Can you imagine that the answer depends on who you ask, and ranges from 39 to 50?

In a provocative three-part series, titled “Books of the Bible Nobody Reads,” Rabbi David Nesson, spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael in Morristown, explored some of the lesser-known books of the Bible. His classes, which are free and open to the public, were held at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave. (across from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum), in Whippany, on Tuesday, March 17, at 1 p.m.; and Mondays, March 23 and 30, at noon.

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Thought-Provoking Breakfast Gathering in Memory of George Wolff

Paula Span, the New York Times “New Old Age” columnist, will give a special presentation titled “The Years Ahead: Caring for Yourself and Your Loved Ones—Wellness, Purpose and What Keeps Us Going,” on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m., at Temple Beth Sholom, 40-25 Fair Lawn Ave., in Fair Lawn. The breakfast gathering is sponsored by Jewish Family Service of North Jersey’s Sam & Nina Wolff Caregiver Support Center, in memory of George Wolff.

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