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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.
Cantor Perry Fine offered his fascinating take on “From Sinai to Delancey Street: Perspectives on Synagogue Music in America,” as part of our Clergy Learning Series at the Morris County Library. The series is co-chaired by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan.
As a special Hanukkah treat, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section is planning a festive Latke Challenge & Hanukkah Bazaar for members and friends on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., at a private home in Morris Plains (snow date and location: Dec. 14, at a private home in Mendham). This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 22.
Rabbi Shalom Lubin, spiritual leader of Chabad of Southeast Morris County, will delve into “Ethical Lessons from Fiddler on the Roof” as our next Our Jewish World Clergy Learning Series at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany. His series, which is free and open to the public, will take place at noon on Mondays, Dec. 2 and 9, and at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Join us for REZA: The Edge of Illusion, a fund-raiser at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., in Morristown, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
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.
The Back 2 School shopping event, sponsored by our Section, put a big smile on the face of students from 5 to 17 years old who are served by Homeless Solutions! The youngsters had a chance to get brand-new clothes and shoes for the upcoming year.
Are we witnessing a bug apocalypse? Bugs, insects of all kinds, are just disappearing. Biologists estimate that numbers of bugs, such as beetles and bees, have declined significantly in the last 35 years. The data on specific insect numbers is patchy, and pinpointing the causes of decline is difficult, but the overall picture indicates a serious decline is occurring.
Mark your calendars for NCJW, West Morris Section’s 2019–2020 Our Jewish World Clergy Learning Series. Our Jewish World is coordinated by Melanie Levitan and Ilene Dorf Manahan. All clergy learning series are held at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany. And preregistration is required for all of them. To preregister, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Charm in deep discussion with Iman Adel AlMorsi of the Islamic Center of Morris County at our Section’s recent visit to the Center.