On the Shabbat of Saturday, March 6th, Isabela Dias Freedman conducted an adult education session on the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. Isabela, who has a PhD in Genetics and is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has worked for 5 years with infectious diseases.
As we now grapple with the virus, Isabela has provided us with a number of links for further information.
During Kiddush, on Saturday, March 21st, we were planning to have a guest speaker, Sarah Junkin Woodard of the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), the Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, the Jubilee House Community, which works to help alleviate poverty in Nicaragua.
Since we are unable to hear Sarah a synagogue, here are some links to information about her work.
“Reinventing Eve,” the new exhibit at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, which was supposed to open on Sunday, March 29th has been postponed until further notice.
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If you have any questions about any of the above information call Jeff at 973-207-3095.
As the oldest continuously operating synagogue in the City of Newark, Congregation Ahavas Sholom is an Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue with a traditional service that welcomes all Jews, fulfills their spiritual needs, provides educational and cultural experiences.
The synagogue’s mission states that Ahavas Sholom is passionately committed to the pursuit of Tikun Olam (repair of the world) and Tzedakah (social justice). Ahavas Sholom recognizes as part of Tikun Olam that it has an obligation to the environment, physical space and activities of the community. We therefore consider support for the conservation of open space, the creation of both passive and active recreation in Newark and among communities within its metropolitan area to be part of our mission.
Ahavas Sholom is characteristic of other religious institutions in Newark. Just as many inner-city churches draw the greater part of their members from outside the city itself, Ahavas Sholom now has relatively few congregants who live in Newark.
American cities are redeveloping in part as their unsurpassed cultural and religious institutions attract suburbanites to meaningful experiences. Ahavas Sholom is holy ground. It inspires those who step through its doors to pray, think, and learn, and to care about each other’s lives and the life of the community.