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Our Jewish World: ‘That Which Unites Us, That Which Divides Us’

Our Jewish World: ‘That Which Unites Us, That Which Divides Us’

There is a famous slogan concerning the Jewish community that states, “We are one.”  However, historically, we have never been just “one.”  More often than not we have been “many” incompatible positions and contradictory beliefs, which served to disunite and disjoin our community over time. Rabbi Steven Bayar, rabbi emeritus of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn and interim rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio, will lead an insightful three-part series, titled “That Which Unites Us, That Which Divides Us,” at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, via Zoom.

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Our Jewish World: ‘Music, Mystery and the Art of Jewish Prayer’

Our Jewish World: ‘Music, Mystery and the Art of Jewish Prayer’

Cantor Perry Fine of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston will explore epic moments in Jewish prayer and the timeless music they inspired in a three-part Zoom series, titled “Music, Mystery and the Art of Jewish Prayer.” The series, presented by Our Jewish World, will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Our Jewish World is coordinated by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan. The series is free and open to the public.

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Bestselling Author to Explore: ‘Violence, Injustice, and the American City’ Nov. 16 via Zoom

Bestselling Author to Explore: ‘Violence, Injustice, and the American City’ Nov. 16 via Zoom

In his riveting account of social injustice in New Haven, Connecticut, bestselling author Nicholas Dawidoff chronicles the failings of the criminal justice system and their aftermath throughout America in his new book, The Other Side of Prospect. This landmark work of intimate reporting on inequality, race, class, and violence is told through a murder and intersecting lives in an iconic American neighborhood.

Dawidoff will give a Zoom talk, titled “Violence, Injustice, and the American City,” about his new book on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. The event is coordinated by our Programming Committee, under the leadership of Debbie Schwartz.

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Clergy Series Opener: ‘The Jewish Journey of the Soul’

Clergy Series Opener: ‘The Jewish Journey of the Soul’

Rabbi Shalom Lubin, spiritual leader of Chabad of Southeast Morris County, will spotlight “The Jewish Journey of the Soul” in a fascinating three-session Our Jewish World series, Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at 1 p.m., via Zoom. Our Jewish World is coordinated by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan. The series is free and open to the public.

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Fascinating ‘Iranian Odyssey’ Zoom Talk Oct. 25

Fascinating ‘Iranian Odyssey’ Zoom Talk Oct. 25

Sima and Javid Hakakian, both natives of Iran, crossed paths with history, and they’ll explain how in a fascinating Zoom talk, titled “Iranian Odyssey.” The talk, coordinated by our Programming Committee, headed by Debbie Schwartz, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

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Our Gorgeous Chuppah

Our Gorgeous Chuppah

Our exquisite quilted chuppah, made by our members, was used in two weddings in late spring. Dorothy & Irv Cohen led the chuppah setup and breakdown crew both times—hats off to them!—and Karen Secular and her husband Doron Grosman also helped with chuppah setup at one of the weddings.

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