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Can Judaism speak to the decisions we need to make and to the issues we now face? Rabbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Temple Gates of Prayer synagogue in Queens, New York, will address this provocative question in a three-part Our Jewish World series, titled “Is There a Jewish Angle?: Who needs G-d? • What’s kosher? • Can we find a Jewish language for our life?” The series, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at 1:15 p.m., and Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, at 1 p.m., at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany.
Looking toward springtime, renewal, and rejuvenation, our Section will hold a special Wellness Retreat on Sunday, March 15 (snow date: March 22), at Anew Dawn Beauty & Balance, 124 Morris Turnpike (corner of Sussex Turnpike), in Randolph. The retreat begins at 10 a.m., and is open to all members and friends of NCJW, West Morris Section.
Personal Giving Campaign co-chairs Dorothy Cohen and Anne Gorman have arranged for a fascinating program for our Personal Giving Thank-You Brunch on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m., at a private home in Morristown.
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.