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Maayan Holds Inaugural Shabbat Services

Maayan is a group of individuals and families in West Orange who have joined together to build a spiritual, halachic, inclusive and inspiring Jewish community. An Open Orthodox shul, Maayan blends observance of ritual traditions with inclusiveness and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that regards women as a vital part of the religious community.

Maayan’s inaugural Shabbat was held on May 15 and 16. Friday evening drew over thirty people and Shabbat morning services drew a standing-room-only crowd of over fifty. The melodic and inspiring davening included joyous singing from both sides of the mechitza, and on Shabbat morning was followed by a delicious Kiddush.

On Sunday, May 17, Maayan’s Rabbi Geretz led a pre-Shavuot Torah learning program on the topic of “How Did our Patriarchs and Matriarchs Observe the Torah Before Matan Torah?” For more information on other upcoming services and classes being given by Maayan, including Shavuot, please visit their website, www.maayan-nj.org, or find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/maayannj.

Congregation Adath Israel to Host Shavuot Women’s Symposium

Congregation Adath Israel will host a Shavuot Women’s Symposium on the second day of yom tov, Monday, May 25, from 4-6pm. There will be wonderful presenters and a good time for all. To get involved, contact the shul for details at www.adathisraelshul.org.

Elmora Hills Minyan to Hold Tikkun Leil Shavuot

The Elmora Hills Minyan will be hosting a Leil Shavuot program which will include something for everyone. There will be shiurim throughout the night for men and women, a program for teen boys and teen girls and plenty of room for chavrusas to learn together or individuals to learn on their own.

During the five hour long Tikun Leil Shavuot, the shul will offer 14 fascinating shiurim along with plenty of coffee and refreshments, a sizzling mouthwatering BBQ, followed by an inspiring Shacharis at sunrise.

So that the grillmasters have enough food on hand to go around, reservations are a must to enjoy the BBQ on Shavuot night. The cost is just $10 for children under 13, $25 for everyone else. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels: $54—Naaseh; $72—Nishma; $100—Naaseh V’Nishma.

All youth in nursery through 5th grade are invited to the shul at 4pm on the first day of Yom Tov for a Torah Trivia Shavuot Sundae on Sunday. To reserve your scoop or to sponsor, please contact the shul.

Ohr Torah to Host Annual Cholent Cookoff

Once again, Congregation Ohr Torah will be holding its annual Cholent Cookoff, on Shabbos, parshat Bamidbar, May 23, after davening. Reservations are required, sponsorships are available. Give yourself one less meal to prepare during this three-day chag. For information, contact the shul at www.congregationohrtorah.org.

Shaya Ahavat Torah of Parsipanny’s 40th Anniversary Gala

Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah of Parsippany held its 40th Anniversary Gala May 17th at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ. Honorees seated from left to right: Lewis Golovin, Linda Golovin, Dr. Naomi Rotter, Constance Pallas, Barry Levitt. Honorees standing from left to right: Dr. Louis Goodman, Aharona Lubin, Rabbi Shalom Lubin, Gershon Goldberg

(Credit: Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah)

 

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