November 19, 2017 •
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Midday Run… Rides Again

For nearly two decades, every November our teens gather clothing, food, personal items, and lots of other good and important items to give to the less fortunate.  On Thanksgiving weekend, they caravan to a Newark homeless shelter and soup kitchen, where they spend...

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Gubernatorial Candidates’ Visits

Dear Friends: As we try every election cycle, Temple B’nai Abraham has again invited key candidates for statewide office to their vision for the state. I am pleased to inform you that Ambassador Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate, has confirmed he will be with us...

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The Latest on our Hurricane Relief Efforts

Dear Friends: Houston called and Temple B’nai Abraham responded.  To date, we have donated well over $10,000 to the Clergy Discretionary Fund for our own relief efforts, sent countless care packages directly to Congregation Beth Israel, and heavily supported the...

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Praying with My Feet

Ministers March for Justice, Washington, DC  on August 28, 2017 & Livingston Candlelight Vigil : Unite against Hate on September 4, 2017 by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz On August 28, the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream,  3,000 ministers and lay...

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Do You Read? Of Course You Do!

Well, of course you do. But I mean, do you read?  Are you like me, can't imagine life without books? Eighteen years ago I started the TBA Book Group for people like us, who read to learn, be provoked, explore worlds beyond us and inside us and, of course, have fun....

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TBA Helps Houston- What We Can Do Now

Dear Friends: The Social Action Committee and the Clergy have been examining how to best be of real help to Harvey’s victims.  Over the last few days I was in touch with an old friend, now rabbi of a historic Texas synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, which is a...

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas. Direct shipment of supplies may eventually be necessary—and if so, we will absolutely be there—but now, the key need is funds to cover to bring in supplies and personnel, and to support the tens of thousands whose lives have been...

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A Lovely Mitzvah… Doubled

Sometimes you make unexpected connections. Volunteering with the Newark Conservancy, I learned of its ongoing need for barrels to collect rain.  I happened to mention this to TBA member Rich Kesselhaut, who responded, “I have more barrels than I know what to do...

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Help Feed Those In Need

Dear Fellow TBA Members, On the fourth Sunday each month, the Social Action Committee joins our partners, the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood and Elmwood United Presbyterian Church, in Café 5000, an effort in which we gather at the church to serve a hot meal to the...

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