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Rabbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Temple Gates of Prayer in Queens, New York, led a short, yet fascinating Zoom class for NCJW, West Morris, on a thought-provoking Talmud story--full of miracles, strong personalities, rabbinic tensions, and even a visit with...
Rabbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Temple Gates of Prayer in Queens, New York, will lead a short, yet fascinating class on a thought-provoking Talmudic story--full of miracles, strong personalities, rabbinic tensions, and even a visit with the prophet Elijah!...
Thank you to all of our Morris County public officials who held a very powerful and moving Morris County Community Rally Against Hate on January 9 at the Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph.
The congregation of Temple Shalom in Succasunna felt a strong bond with those at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, following the horrific October 27, 2018 massacre of 11 worshipers there during Shabbat services. As a show of support, a group of Temple Shalom members traveled to Pittsburgh to worship at Tree of Life soon after the shooting.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is alarmed by the increase in violent hate crimes targeting the Jewish community in New York.
We have all suffered from them, maybe liked some, and certainly discarded plenty. The bane and blessing of every childhood are those school meals that generally get little public attention. However, for over 30 million schoolchildren, many of whom may be getting 50 percent of their daily calories from school meals, and 14 million of them who are already obese, school meals are a critical component of their daily lives.
It’s a special mitzvah to beautify and lend special significance to each mitzvah we perform. The rabbis dubbed this “hiddur mitzvah,” the enhancement and illumination of a commandment. Our talented life member, Lesley Frost, exemplified this practice by working with five other women to create these two beautiful appliquéd Torah mantles for her synagogue, Adas Israel, in Washington, DC.
As we consider reducing our use of plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass are probably the first alternatives that come to mind and each raises questions we should consider. Production of new paper and cardboard starts by cutting down trees and this impacts the amount...
This question was not on the radar before China stopped taking our plastic trash. The Chinese ban has been copied by other countries and the US is left with an enormous supply of potential recyclable material. We are motivated to put our plastics in the recycling bin because we want to protect the environment, but whether that plastic bottle is recycled to become something else not only depends on us but on market changes and business cycles.
Photos of seals struggling to survive with plastic rings around their necks, and turtles pierced by plastic drinking straws or drowning in discarded fishing nets are horrific and have spurred efforts to clean up the plastic pollution that exists worldwide. Many of us are making changes to reduce our use of plastic, but we have been too complacent and now plastic pollution impacts us directly.