Father_Shecker_&_Rabbi_SultarFather Bob Shecker and Rabbi Jeff Sultar join for an interfaith discussion on “The Garden of Eden – Then and Now,” on the evening of May 20.

Press release from The Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven

On Wednesday, May 20, Father Robert Shecker of the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven will team up with Rabbi Jeff Sultar of Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson for a special interfaith discussion on the topic of the Garden of Eden – Then and Now.

Hosted at Nativity Parish Hall (180 Ridge Road) and open to all members of the community, the 7:30 pm program is free to attend, with refreshments and a public talk session to follow.

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TravisGaleAmyBeatriceNaturalist Travis Gale, pictured with friendly skunk in a recent NJ school appearance, visits Fair Haven’s Church of the Nativity on Wednesday for a program that demonstrates how Earth’s incredible creatures (including fennec fox Amy Beatrice, right) survive in the wild.  

A little over ten years ago, Travis Gale was a veteran environmental educator for the Monmouth County Parks System, with a sideline as a traveling specialist in edu-taining “Mad Science” presentations. As a field biologist, his claim to fame was in conducting the first radio tracking program of baby pine snakes in the New Jersey Pine Barrens — but in 2005, the naturalist shed his “Snakes ‘n Scales” gig to establish Wallaby Tales, a company dedicating to educating young audiences in the ways and wonders of our fellow mammals.

On Wednesday evening, March 11, the Monmouth County Audubon Society presents its annual “Family Night” presentation; hosting Travis Gale and his program “What Big Teeth You Have!” in a public-welcome program at The Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. Scheduled for 7 pm and designed for elementary school age children and their families, the program focuses on some of the smaller mammals of the wild, and the ways in which they defend themselves and successfully make a living in a landscape of predators.

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carol_rittnerPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

Jewish-Catholic relations, from Pope John XXIII to Pope Francis I, will be the topic on Wednesday, April 2, when Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson hosts guest speaker Dr. Carol Rittner, a Catholic nun and a Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The 7 pm lecture, which is co-sponsored by CBI, the Church of the Nativity of Fair Haven (Nativity) and the Center for Holocaust Human Rights & Genocide Education (CHHANGE) in Lincroft, will include comments from Reverend Robert J.W. Schecker, Pastor of Nativity, and Rabbi Jeff Sultar, spiritual leader of CBI.

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Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

“When I immigrated to this country from Ireland and attained my first job, my Manager was an Eagle Scout,” said Jennifer Gallagher. “I came to greatly admire this man, and I decided that if I were someday blessed with a son I would want him to become an Eagle Scout.”

CLASS-ACT_RUMSON-209x220Gallagher’s wish, which she shared as part of her “Parent’s Remarks” during a recent ceremony, came true as her son Vincent received his Eagle Scout award in front of a crowd including fellow scouts, scout leaders, parents, and distinguished guests.

At the Boy Scout Troop 125 “Court of Honor” held on the evening of December 5 at Christ Church United Methodist in Fair Haven, Robert (Robbie) List was also awarded the Eagle Scout pin.

Shawn Chasmar, Brian Lenahan, William (Billy) Perkins, and Matthew (Matt) Valko also were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor held on August 3 at the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven.

The six scouts are Rumson-Fair Haven High School students and graduates and are affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 125, which is hosted by Christ Church United Methodist in Fair Haven.

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