Temple Sha’arey Shalom Pre-school Visit to Springfield Fire Department

Temple Sha'arey Shalom Pre-school Visit to Springfield Fire Department

Temple Sha’arey Shalom would like to thank the Springfield Fire Department for hosting the pre-school’s children on October 29. The firemen showed the children the fire trucks and taught them about fire safety. Fireman Sal Cocuzza, wore full fire safety gear, including his oxygen mask, to show the children what a fireman may look like and to encourage them not to be afraid of the firemen. It was a great visit and the children loved playing on the fire truck!

Children pictured from left to right: Brady Mongon, Giovanni Cocuzza, Jordyn Zucker, Cami Goldfarb, Mia Hand, Antonia Sosa  Emmanuel Harper, Rayyan Shanawani and Rupin Nair.

Note from Rabbi Renne on the Pittsburgh Temple Shooting

Pittsburgh Temple Shooting

Dear Friends,

Our hearts are broken by the shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. What could be more tragic than innocent brothers and sisters murdered at our people's most sacred weekly gathering - a Shabbat service with a Brit Milah. It offers little comfort that the shooter was taken into custody at the time that he began shooting.

In addition, we are concerned for our own congregation's security. I want you to know that security of our congregants, students and staff continues to be our highest priority.  Our security committee, staff and lay leadership work closely with world-class security consultants to regularly review our many security protocols and procedures. We are also grateful for our longstanding close partnership with the Springfield police, which helps us maintain a strong security posture.

In this morning's Torah portion Abraham argues with God on behalf of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God promises to spare the cities from destruction if Abraham can find just 10 righteous people. In the end Abraham cannot, and the cities are destroyed. Nonetheless, this story is meant to teach us that a very small number of good people can redeem the entire world. Sadly, this week we have witnessed just a few individuals wreak fear and destruction. Let us gather together, so that we can bring hope, healing and peace to a world so deeply in need of redemption. 
In sadness and with eternal prayers for peace. 

There will be a community rally tomorrow morning at 11am (Sunday) at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston.

Rabbi Renee Edelman
Temple Sha'arey Shalom
78 South Springfield Avenue
Springfield, NJ
973-379-5387 x 22
[email protected]

Chanukah Brunch – December 2nd 🕎

Chanukah Brunch

Sunday, December 2nd @ 10:30am - Chanukah Brunch will feature Steiner Sports sports and entertainment memorabilia. Merchandise will be offered at reasonable prices so that everyone will have an opportunity to make a purchase.

To order merchandise in advance, please call the Temple at (973) 379-5387.

In addition, the temple's religious school will be providing crafts projects for the children at the brunch.

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Temple Sha’arey Shalom Speaker Series

Temple Sha'arey Shalom Speaker Series

We will be offering a two stimulating and informative speakers in October.

On Friday, October 19, Dr. Karen Gaffney, Professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College and author of “Dismantling the Racism Machine”, will trace the history of race relations in America starting in Colonial times and provide specific action steps for combating racism.

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On Friday, October 26, Khadijah White, Professor at Rutgers and television journalist, will speak on race, gender and politics in the media. Professor White’s articles and commentary have appeared in publications including The Atlantic and the New York Times.

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The two topics will be presented as part of Friday evening services at 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and no tickets are required.

For more information, please call the Temple office at (973) 379-5387.