July 24, 2017 •
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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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Sh’ma Koleinu—WRN Convention in Baltimore

The Women’s Rabbinic Network is an organization for women rabbis of the Reform movement. This year’s biennial convention was held in Baltimore last week, and the theme for our time together was Sh’ma Koleinu—hear our voices. The goal of the convention was to learn...

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Do you have even an hour to help someone?

Dear Friends, One week each year, we open our spiritual home to those in need through the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, men and women. By warmly welcoming others here, we engage in one of the greatest Mitzvot.  Most are...

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Temple B’nai Abraham Honored by NAACP

The Oranges and Maplewood Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted its 104th Annual Freedom Fund Gala on Sunday, April 30. The Oranges and Maplewood Unit of the NAACP represents Essex County towns including Belleville,...

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Next in Our Series on Holocaust Literature

As the next in our series on Holocaust literature, join me in reading (or rereading) Mila 18 by Leon Uris, one of the bestselling books of the 20th century. First published in 1961, Mila 18 has been translated into over 50 languages. Uris’ considerable skills as a...

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Why I Marched by Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz

January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The White House’s statement for the day did not mention Jews. Rather than admit a mistake, the White House has gone on to defend this glaring omission. I agree with Professor Deborah Lipstadt (the film Denial is...

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Shalom from Jerusalem!

It’s Monday afternoon here, and I’m sitting in the business center of the Dan Panorama, at which I’ve logged enough nights over twenty years to call it a genuine home away from home.  This morning our group of thirty nine hit the Old City, walking from the Zion Gate...

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A Midday Run “Mensch”

Something extraordinary happened to our Director of Jewish Learning Melissa Weiner and Jewish Learning Program Special Projects Coordinator Arleen Lichtenstein. They were shopping for the Annual Midday Run, , the distribution of donated clothing and food to those in...

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