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Video Story: NJ Buddhist Vihara Breaks Ground For New Temple

Video Story: NJ Buddhist Vihara Breaks Ground For New Temple

Dignitaries from across New Jersey and several states were on hand Sept. 16 to help break ground for a new Buddhist temple on Route 27. The ceremony was held at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center, known for being the home of the largest Buddha statue in the Western hemisphere. Local and regional […]



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First Responder 9-11 Victims Remembered At St. Matthias Mass

First Responder 9-11 Victims Remembered At St. Matthias Mass

First responders who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City were remembered at a mass at St. Matthias Church. Members of township fire departments, EMS units and their family and friends gathered for the annual mass, during which the names of all first responders who were killed were read. […]



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Faithful Gather At Masjid-e-Ali For Religious Festival

Faithful Gather At Masjid-e-Ali For Religious Festival

Approximately 200 people gathered at Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane Sept. 1 to celebrate one of the two most important holidays in the Muslim calendar. It was the festival of Eid al-Adha, commemorating the narrative of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice one of his sons. In the narrative, Abraham is stopped by an angel […]



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Hundreds Gather At St. Matthias For Vigil Against Hate

Hundreds Gather At St. Matthias For Vigil Against Hate

Nearly 700 people assembled at St. Matthias Church Aug. 20 for a community vigil against hate, organized by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council. Those gathered in the John F. Kennedy Boulevard church heard from the township’s religious and political leaders, then participated in a candlelight vigil. The speakers included Alex Kharazi, president of the Interfaith […]



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Vigil For ‘Unity And Solidarity’ Planned For St. Matthias Church

Vigil For ‘Unity And Solidarity’ Planned For St. Matthias Church

A vigil to “reaffirm our commitment for unity and solidarity” is planned for 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at St. Matthias Church. The vigil is being planned by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council. “We are deeply saddened and concerned by emboldened hatred and violence that are taking place across our nation with the latest being on […]



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NJ Interfaith Coalition Holds Potluck Picnic In Colonial Park

NJ Interfaith Coalition Holds Potluck Picnic In Colonial Park

Members of faith-based groups from around the state gathered at Colonial Park July 16 for a get-together sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition. Among those attending the potluck picnic were members of the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, led by Alex Kharazi of the Masjid-e-Ali mosque. Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large) also stopped by. […]



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Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

The practice of fasting in religions other than Islam was explored June 17 during a Ramadan Iftar held at the township Community/Senior Center in the Municipal Complex. An Iftar is the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim’s month-long observance of Ramadan. Speakers representing Judaism and Christianity spoke about fasting in their faith traditions […]



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Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Tries New Take On Ramadan Interfaith Dinner

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Tries New Take On Ramadan Interfaith Dinner

Hundreds of people of different faiths were at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque June 11 to take part in its annual interfaith dinner. The mosque has held the dinner during Ramadan for the last six years. Ramadan is a month-long observance of Muslims, who fast during the day in an effort to purify themselves. In the past, […]



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Six Mile Run Reformed Church Dedicates New Roof

Six Mile Run Reformed Church Dedicates New Roof

Six Mile Run Reformed Church congregants dedicated the church’s new slate roof June 11 and honored those who made it happen. The $165,000 roof was largely made possible by a gift from the Suydams, a long-standing congregation family, said the Rev. Osy Nüesch, the church’s pastor. “We were very fortunate to have received that major […]



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Sri Balaji Temple Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Sri Balaji Temple Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Members of the Sri Balaji Temple on Elizabeth Avenue June 4 held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their proposed permanent temple. The temple is in the process of securing Franklin Township approvals for the temple, said Vijayaraghavan Poondi, Sri Balaji’s president. He said that if everything goes as planned, the proposed 2,500-square-foot temple should be inaugurated […]



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