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Friday, December 13, 2019

Middlesex

A Sampling of Notable Central NJ Sukkot

Everyone’s family’s private sukkah has a certain charm and beauty because its construction reflects their efforts and the sukkah serves as the location of family meals, gatherings with friends, visits from sukkah hoppers, and other fondly recalled experiences over an eight-day chag each

Sukkah-Building Squad Saves the Day in Middlesex County

They call themselves the Sukkah Elves but they might as well be called angels. They go about their work without much fanfare and, like malachim, take no food or drink or money in return. And to those they assist, they make the full observance of an important mitzvah possible.

One thing

Children's Book Reading Prompts Legal Action Against Highland Park

 

 

A controversy that began last summer, pitting suburban community library-event planners and various Palestinian sympathizers against a Jewish community, is now moving to the legal arena. 

The almost 20-year-old Central Jersey Jewish Public Affairs Committee (CJJPAC)—a pro-Israel advocacy organization headed

Jewish Historical Society Plans Talk on Gertrude Berg

The American Jewish Experience Lecture Series, a program of the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey, invites community members to a presentation by Dr. Marcia Midler on “Gertrude Berg: Broadcasting Pioneer/Creator of Molly Goldberg; The Original Jewish Mother.” The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at 10:30

Ohav Emeth Plans Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Recognizing the serious threat of breast cancer to Jewish women, one woman in the Edison/Highland Park Jewish community decided to mobilize other members of her shul and hold an event to encourage people to act proactively.

Lilah Braun is kiddush coordinator at Congregation Ohav Emeth in

Ahavas Achim to Offer Shabbat Shuva Drasha

On Saturday, October 5, between Mincha and Maariv (approx. 6:40 p.m.), Rabbi Steven Miodownik of Congregation Ahavas Achim of Highland Park will present his annual Shabbat Shuva drasha. His topic will be: “Tale of Two Tombstones.” The drasha is sponsored by Jeremy and Tova Renna in memory of his mother, Miriam bat Yitzchak Isaac, z”l,

Etz Ahaim Plans Women’s Sukkot Party

The Daughters of Etz Ahaim and the Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah invite members of the community to a sukkah party on Wednesday, October 16, at 2 p.m. in the sukkah of Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park. Rabbi David Bassous, spiritual leader of Etz Ahaim, will speak about Sephardic sukkah customs. Games

Ohav Emeth Hosts Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Menachem Penner

Congregation Ohav Emeth of Highland Park invites members of the community to its Fall 2019 Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat, featuring Rabbi Menachem Penner, on Saturday, September 28.

He will speak on Shabbat morning, before Musaf (approx. 10:30 a.m.), on the topic “Nitzavim Before Vayeilech:

Seeking Superlative Sukkot

Do you have or know of any really large sukkot in Middlesex County, which easily accommodate a large number of people? How about one decorated with original eye-catching artwork? Which Jewish institution has the most beautiful sukkah in town? Could you point out a sukkah made of unusual materials? Does your friend or neighbor have a sukkah

Ohr Torah to Host Medical Halacha Shiur

On Sunday morning, September 15, Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison will host Rav Yossi Sprung for a special shiur on complex medical situations and fasting on Yom Kippur.

The shiur will take place at 8:45 a.m. (after the 8 a.m. minyan) in the beis midrash. Rabbi Sprung is a musmach of Rav Asher

Ohr Torah to Host Scholar In Residence, Sept. 6-7

On Shabbat of September 6-7, Congregation Ohr Torah of Edison will host Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro as its scholar-in-residence.

Rabbi Shapiro is the rav at Congregation Shaarey Tefilah in North Miami Beach and is known for his daily shiurim for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. Many of his Torah

Ahavas Achim Offers Matan Bat Mitzvah Learning Program

Congregation Ahavas Achim invites sixth-grade girls and their mothers to participate in a very special learning opportunity during their bat mitzvah year. The Matan Bat Mitzvah Program is popular all over the world, and thousands of mothers and daughters have enjoyed the learning, which is themed “Jewish Women Through