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Buddha’s Birthday Celebrated At Township Temple

Buddha’s Birthday Celebrated At Township Temple

Congregants of the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara Meditation Center on Route 27 gathered at the site May 2 to celebrate the birthday of their Lord Buddha. The center, located on a largely wooded 10-acre site, is home to what is considered the largest Buddha statue in the West. The statue will soon be joined by […]

Kingston Presbyterian Church Welcomes Its New Steeple

Kingston Presbyterian Church Welcomes Its New Steeple

Nearly six months to the day the removal of the original began, a new steeple was placed atop Kingston Presbyterian Church on Route 27. The entire process took about three hours, with first the bell vault being replaced, then the spire and finally – to applause and cheers from onlookers – the finial. While the […]

Jains Parade To Celebrate Those Who Fast, Lord’s Birthday

Jains Parade To Celebrate Those Who Fast, Lord’s Birthday

Hundreds of members of the Jain Center of New Jersey paraded down Cedar Grove Lane April 18 top honor some of their fellow members who have participated in a year-long fast. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that stresses nonviolence and vegetarianism. There are about 1,800 members of the Jain Center, which opened in 2008. […]

FR&A Video Story: Open House At Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Seeks To Provide Information

FR&A Video Story: Open House At Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Seeks To Provide Information

Members of the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque welcomed the community into their center on Jan. 24. The goal of the open house, according to organizers, was to talk about some of the programs offered by the mosque, and to answer any questions residents might have about Islam. Organizers said the event would be repeated in the future.

US Attorney For NJ Receives MLK Service Award At First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens

US Attorney For NJ Receives MLK Service Award At First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens

The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey was honored by a township-based church Jan. 18 for his “impeccable record of meeting the cause of justice.” Calling him “an advocate for all things right and an enemy to all things unfair,” the Rev. DeForest B. Soaries of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens presented U.S. Attorney Paul G. […]

Muslims Celebrate Muhammad’s Birth, Denounce Terrorism At Masjid-e-Ali

Muslims Celebrate Muhammad’s Birth, Denounce Terrorism At Masjid-e-Ali

Sunni and Shia Muslims gathered Jan. 10 at the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque to celebrate the birthday of their Prophet Muhammad and to denounce the violence carried out in his name. The Cedar Grove Lane mosque holds its interfaith service annually to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday, said mosque Imam Rizwan Rizvi. “The objective is to look at and […]

Rev. Soaries Announces Plans For Project To Include ‘Financial Freedom Center,’ Veterans’ Housing

Rev. Soaries Announces Plans For Project To Include ‘Financial Freedom Center,’ Veterans’ Housing

An ambitious project for Franklin Boulevard that would include veterans’ housing, a health care facility and financial literacy services was announced Jan. 6 by the Rev. DeForest Soaries. Soaries said that to fully accomplish the project, he wants to purchase and raze the U.S. Post Office building at 602 Franklin Blvd. In turn, he said, he […]

FR&A Video Story: First Night Of Chanukah At Temple Beth El

FR&A Video Story: First Night Of Chanukah At Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El on Hamilton Street celebrated the first night of Chanukah Dec. 16 with the ceremonial lighting of menorahs. Rabbi Eli Garfinkel takes us through the ceremony.    

Star 99.1 Playing Only Christmas Music Through Dec. 25

Star 99.1 Playing Only Christmas Music Through Dec. 25

WAWZ Star 99.1 – Central Jersey is playing all Christmas music through Christmas Day. “In ‘Merry Christmas Charlie Brown,’ Linus shared, ‘that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown;’ a baby born in a manger,” morning man Scott Valentine said in a release about the format change. “That’s why we’re excited about playing all Christmas […]

‘Zarephath Worship’ Set To Debut New CD, More May Come

‘Zarephath Worship’ Set To Debut New CD, More May Come

It took several years, but the debut CD of the Zarephath Christian Church’s worship team will be unveiled in a release party on Nov. 15. Titled simply, “Zarephath Worship,” the 10-track disc includes originals written by members of the worship team as well as a hymn and contemporary Christian songs that don’t get a lot […]