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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Press release from Congregation B’Nai Israel

In light of recent events in troubled nations around the globe, it is important to educate ourselves and our children about the horrors of genocide and remember the victims.  On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:30 am, Congregation B’nai Israel will commemorate Yom HaShoah. or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with dramatized readings from Simon Wiesenthal’s book  The Sunflower.

This thought-provoking program, which will challenge the audience to define their beliefs about justice, compassion and human responsibility, is being presented by members of the Rabbi Jack M. Rosoff Hebrew High School. The event is free and people of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.

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hanukkahPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

On Wednesday, December 17, bring a flashlight and your family menorah to Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson  to celebrate Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. Join local leaders Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Cantor Dov Goldberg and CBI’s SHMA Religious School children at 5 pm for festive prayers and songs as they light the large outdoor menorah on the grounds of the synagogue. The community is invited, and there is no charge to attend.

After the outdoor menorah lighting, all are invited inside for a Chanukah dinner and celebration. The dinner will begin with a group lighting as each family lights their own menorah (candles will be provided free of charge by CBI sisterhood).

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CBI groundbreakFrom left: Michelle Martens, Joel Weissglass, Ellen Levine, Cantor Dov Goldberg, Lynn Einbinder, Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Larry Kaplan, Administrator Emilie Kovit-Meyer, CBI President Francine Semaya, Director of Gan Yeladim Suzanne Wykoff, and fundraising co-chair Tootsie Olan participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Outdoor Exploratorium at Congregation B’Nai Israel. 

Press release from Congregation B’Nai Israel

It’s called an Outdoor Exploratorium — a “part playground, part classroom” environment that Congregation B’nai Israel president Fran Semaya explains “will replace the existing playground and be the centerpiece of a revitalized outdoor space for the young children in our community.”

On Tuesday, June 10, CBI in Rumson held a groundbreaking for an Clergy leaders, lay leaders, educators, administrators, board members and fundraisers all gathered to ceremoniously break ground for the new nature-based play and learning space, an asset that will be unique among schools in Monmouth County.

As project liaison Larry Kaplan states, construction for the Exploratorium will begin this week, and while the project will be built in several phases, the initial phase should be finished in time for the summer camp session at CBI’s Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center. Gan families, members, friends, and business associates of CBI funded the project.

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nigel-savagePress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

There is a growing interest in the integration of Jewish traditions and values with education about food and the environment — and on Sunday, April 6,  Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson will host one of the most important thinkers on Judaism and the environment.

Nigel Savage, founder and Executive Director of Hazon, will lead a 9 am discussion about the relationship between Jewish texts and practices and the food we eat. Following his presentation, the audience will be invited to participate in small group discussions, facilitated by Savage, about the topic of sustainability as it relates to Judaism. Free and open to the public, the program will be followed by a kosher, organic, farm-to-table brunch.

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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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PurimPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

It’s been called “the most enjoyable of all Jewish holidays” — and this March, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson is inviting all family, friends and neighbors to “put on a costume or mask, grab a noisemaker, and head to CBI to join in the Purim fun. ”

A festival recorded in the biblical book of Esther, Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.

On Saturday evening, March 15 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Cantor Dov Goldberg will be leading a full Purim Service and Megillah Reading. Rabbi Sultar explained, “everyone is welcome to come to this service…and being Purim, it will feature costumes and silliness but it will not specifically be a family service.”

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