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We are neighbors who love our towns. The Community Coalition is a private nonprofit organization with a diverse membership of individuals who live and/or work in Maplewood/South Orange coming together to sustain our towns as communities of choice for all. We envision a community that is truly inclusive and racially integrated free of segregation in housing patterns and community involvement.

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Former Trustee named to Top 100!


Linda Gadsby has been named by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the top 100 under 50 emerging leaders.  The magazine will be out in August. Another Coalition leader achieving well-deserved recognition!  Please join in congratulating Linda.


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Coalition Takes Position on Seventh Grade Deleveling

 


At the May 22, 2010 meeting, the Trustees of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race voted to take this position:

     “Be it resolved that the Trustees of the South Orange/ Maplewood Community Coalition on Race concurs with the Schools Committee's position in support of the recommendation of the Equity and Excellence Task Force that seventh-grade classes in the SOMSD be de-leveled, that is, that they be grouped heterogeneously.
      "Be it further resolved that the Coalition’s Executive Director and co-chairs of the Schools Committee communicate the Coalition's support for this change to the Board of Education, the Superintendent, and to the broader community.”

     The following is the position taken after much study by the Schools Committee of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race to support the concept of deleveling the seventh grade in the fall of 2010, and that the district should follow that effort with discussions regarding the eighth grade. "Heterogeneous or untracked classes in middle school," said the Committee's presentation to the Board of Education, "are the norm in the state of New Jersey, and we see no reason why the South Orange/ Maplewood School District should continue to divide children into academic tracks at the age of eleven or twelve, which we believe contributes to the achievement gap and to racially segregated classrooms.
     " We believe that if this concept is implemented in a manner that ensures excellence and equity for all students, it will have a long-term positive effect on integration in our school district.
     "We also believe this concept will have a pro-integrative effect within our schools and classrooms, thus furthering the goals of the Coalition.
     "We further believe that implementing this concept can be one constructive step in narrowing the academic achievement gap.
     "It is our sincere hope that if the district moves forward with this recommendation it will do so in a manner that supports staff development, smaller classes, and measureable outcomes."


Mind the Gap II

 



What is causing the Racial Academic Achievement Gap? What are the District's Plans to eliminate it?

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the Schools Committee of the Coaliton offered a follow-up to Mind the Gap Panel featuring Superintendent Brian Osborne.

See report and photos on Patch.




"Some of my Best Friends Are..."

 




Coalition Conversations on Race On May 5th Raises Big Issues

 Dreamcatcher Moon  

The theme for this year's Conversations on Race was Some of My Best Friends Are...which include a series of improvisations performed by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater, followed by small group discussions on the successes and challenges of social integration. This event is part of the Coalition's Integration Through the Arts Program which utilizes the transcending power of the arts to create and strengthen bonds among people of different races and backgrounds.


Dreamcatchers Actors Gary GLor, Jenelle Sosa, Daaimah Talley, and Jonathan Dewberry.


It was held on Wednesday, May 5th in the Columbia High School cafeteria at 7:30 pm. and attended by nearly 100 people who watched the improvization skits and then broke into facilitated small groups for discussion.

Our Integration through the Arts program, thanks to the vision and grant-writing skills of Program Director Audrey Rowe, received increased funding for 2010 from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  The program will continue in the fall with the return of Two Towns Sing-ins and a new dance-in event.  Check our web site at wwwtwotowns.org for Discover NJ Artsupdates or call 973-761-6116, ext. 4.


Spring Theater Benefit Event Moving Experience


A Dramatic Gospel Musical at Oheb Shalom

The Coalition held a spring theater event underscoring the theme of "Familiar Faces in Uncommon Places" Also see article in Patch.

On Sunday, May 16th, at 4:00 pm, the Coalition presented the award-winning stage play about a family on the Underground Railroad, Singin Wid a Sword in Ma Han. This piece uses the spirituals that were used as escape songs to tell the story of the Underground Railroad and how small African-American churches helped slaves escape to freedom. Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange generously provided the venue for this event.

This rare evening of music and drama brought together our diverse historical, racial, religious and cultural identities under one roof.  The benefit began with a wine and cheese reception and ended with a lively discussion with the actors, director, writer, and producer.

 

 


School Board Candidates Gave Positions on Integration Issues on April 14, 2019


 
marshall school
Coalition BOE Candidates Forum was Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Marshall School
The Schools Committee of the Coalition hosted a Board of Education Candidates Forum on Wednesday, April 14th.  All candidates participated, including Lynne Crawford, Beth Daughtery, David Giles, and Wendy Sachs. The questions challenged the candidates to consider the relationship between school policies and integration in our community. 

Our Schools have always been a central focus of the Coalition, and this year seems to be an ideal time to present a series of questions to the candidates that challenge them to consider the relationship between school policies and integration in our community.  Questions ranged from leveling in the middle schools to how candidates propose to fulfill the district's goal of hiring more minority teachers. Candidates were asked to respond to questions regarding the minority achievement gap and changing institutional behavior to support and encourage students of color to excel.See the report from Patch here.

The Coalition is strictly a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse individual candidates, but it is our opinion that a candid dialogue on issues around race in our school district is an imperative step toward integration and inclusiveness in our community. We want the candidates to consider how policies they propose will affect integration within the schools.

The three top-vote getters after the election results were Lynne Crawford, Beth Daughtery, and David Giles.

 

Coalition Trustee Nancy Solomon's NPR Program Wins a Peabody Award!

 



Coalition Trustee Nancy Solomon's documentary for PBS, Mind the Gap, has won the most prestigious award in radio -- a Peabody. Nancy is a long time member of the Schools Committee as well as a Coalition Trustee. Learn more about the Peabody Awards here. Nancy says, "I'd like to extend my gratitude to SlogomindthegapOMSD Superintendent Brian Osborne and Columbia High School principal Lovie Lilly. The access that I was given to spend time in the school and interview teachers and students was extraordinary and it was the voices of those teachers and students that won this award."

The documentary is still available on Nancy's website at nancycsolomon.com

More Congratulations for Robert Marchman

 


Former trustee and chair of the Community Coalition on Race Robert Marchman has been selected to receive the inaugural Wall Street Award on June 3rd.  The award honors accomplishments at the world's financial epicenter and recognizes commitment to transforming the industry with a focus on inclusiveness. 

2010 Officers of the Coalition

 



New Trustees, Left to right: Kenneth Bellamy, Suni King, Tracy Carroll, Nancy Solomon, Anthony Greene, Keisha Harris, Kathryn Timpson, a nd Ulysses Dietz.


From New Chair Chip Madsen..

 


When my wife and I first looked at Maplewood over 20 years ago, our realtor told us not to buy in certain sections of the town because "...the resale value wasn't strong."  We were too naïve to recognize these as code words for sections of town that were primarily minority populated.  When we did buy in Maplewood, a former freeholder told me that Maplewood was "...changing."  Another code word.

Years later when I served on the school board we noticed that our schools were becoming self-segregated with some schools predominately minority and others predominately white.  Property values were also coming down and there was talk of "white flight." 

This wasn't lost on the leadership in both towns, and several visionary people formed a group that eventually came to be known as the "South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. " I believe in my heart that this group of leaders including Carol Barry Austin, Bill Calabrese, Ellen Davenport, Barbara Heisler Williams, Celia King, Robert Marchman, Ken Pettis, Fred Profeta, Meredith Sue Willis, and many others literally saved our two towns.

I am deeply honored to have been elected to follow such remarkable people as Chairperson and look forward to working with Executive Director Nancy Gagnier, Program Director Audrey Rowe and the board of trustees to take our mission of continuing to build an integrated and truly inclusive community in South Orange and Maplewood to the next level.

There is still a lot of work to do including addressing the persistent academic achievement gap in our school system, working with our realtors, banks and businesses to encourage integration and ensuring that our towns' leaderships look like the community they represent and that the small business community throughout South Orange and Maplewood continues to thrive.

The South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a national model that other communities throughout the United States should learn about and emulate.  We're certainly not perfect, but I believe we're better than most and, according to Rich Benjamin in his new book Searching for Whitopia, we are two communities that are getting it right.


Front Page of the New York Times!

 


An image of Floods' Hill in South Orange Made the front Page of the New York Times on 2/27/10. Click image to see original.


Mind the Gap!

 



Conversations on Race Mind the Gap! Draws 100 plus to South Orange Middle School Library to Discuss Leveling
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eaturing award-winning NPR reporter Nancy Solomon.

 



On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the library of South Orange Middle School, the Schools Committee of the Coalition and co-sponsor Seth Boyden PTA hosted a lively discussion of aspects of the Academic Achievement Gap as highlighted in the National Public Radio program "Mind the Gap!"  Participants included Nancy Solomon, producer of the program and Coalition Trustee, as well as students, district staff, and members of the community. The New York Times Local Blog reported on the event here.Professional Development Hours are available for teachers.

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has taken a position supporting the Sixth Grade reorganization plan, but it does not have a position on leveling.

To listen to the radio program, click on Mind the Gap.


Coalition Encourages Two Towns Citizens to Help with the 2010 Census


Local Census Offices Seeking Applicants to Support U.S. Census Bureau's Goal of a Complete Count.

Preparations are underway at the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct the 2010 Census.  Once every ten years an effort is made to count every person living in the United States and its territories.  In order to complete this huge undertaking, the Census Bureau will be hiring hundreds of thousands of census takers in support of peak census operations.  If that seems like a lot, consider that those census takers, also known as Enumerators, will be counting millions of people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. 

The Census Bureau is currently looking for friendly and outgoing people to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return their 2010 Census questionnaire.  These temporary, part-time positions offer good pay and flexible hours, and you will mostly work in your own community.  It’s probably the best temporary, part-time job to come along in 10 years!

Good Pay Working in Your Own Neighborhood

The Census Bureau goes to great lengths to make sure that its workers are paid well.  They examine current hourly wages across the nation and assign pay rates by Local Census Office to ensure that census jobs are among the best paying part-time positions in the area.  Surveys of past census takers have found that the good pay is consistently the number one reason why people have liked their jobs with the Census. They also like the fact that they work in and around their own community.  It’s a lot easier for someone familiar with an area to navigate around it, so census takers usually work close to home.

These jobs are ideal for retirees, college students, or those seeking a second job to earn extra cash—and who couldn't use that these days?

Making an Impact on Your Community

There’s also the satisfaction of contributing to this important task.  The Census Bureau is mobilizing such a large force to insure that every person is counted.  The census data collected are used as vital information for community improvements, transportation planning, educational services, and even emergency preparedness.

It's also used to determine your community’s representation in government and to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, allocated for local projects, such as highways and bridges, public health, and community based programs.  It’s important to make sure your community is accurately counted to ensure that it receives all it deserves.  The Census Bureau is counting on people just like you to help get the job done.

The 2010 Census questionnaire will be delivered to every household in the spring of 2010.  It contains a few simple questions that allow every man, woman, and child in that household to be counted.  Heads of households are then required by law to complete and return it for tabulation.  However, some questionnaires are not returned.  That's where someone like you can help in contacting those in your community who did not return the questionnaire and interviewing them directly for this vital information.

Qualifying For a 2010 Census Job

2010 Census job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and a take 30-minute, multiple-choice test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs, including basic clerical, reading, number and organization skills.  In most cases, workers will be required to have a valid driver's license and have use of a vehicle.

While U.S. citizenship is required for census jobs, exceptions are possible in areas where bilingual abilities are needed, and no U.S. citizens are available.

All temporary census employees will attend specialized job training.  Training sessions can be conducted on weekdays, evenings, and weekends and, of course, all trainees will be paid their normal hourly rate for their time.

Great pay.  Flexible hours.  Close to home.  When you think of all that census jobs have to offer, just about anyone who has the available time should be applying right away.  Conducting the census is a huge challenge and applicants are needed from every walk of life.  We all need to be counted, so no matter your age, gender, or location, your help isn’t just wanted, it’s needed.

For additional information about 2010 Census jobs, or to take a practice employment test, please visit their web site at www.2010censusjobs.gov.  To schedule an appointment to take the employment test, call toll free at: 1-866-861-2010. TTY callers: please use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. 



Important Address on Integration


 

As part of the South Orange Civic Association event on January 10, 2010, Coaltion Trustee and former Executive Director Barbara Heisler-Williams gave an address on Intentional Integration Today. Read this important paper here.


Beloved Community Award goes to Former Trustee


The 2010 honorees at the annual Beloved Community Award of the South Orange Civic Organization, co-sponsored by the Community Coalition, were Karen Weiland, third from left, and former Coalition trustee Reverend Sandye Wilson, fourth from left.  Others in the photo above include former trustee and SOCO officer Phylis Peterman, far left; Nancy Gagnier, Coalition Executive Director, second from right; and Coalition executive committee member Carol Barry-Austin, far right. Also pictured is Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne.


Coaltion Receives Fifth Arts Grant!


For the fifth year in a row, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race's Integration Through the Arts Initiative has been awarded a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts that is  administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural  and Historic Affairs. The Coalition is proud to be a recipient of this award again.  Learn more about Arts in New Jersey at www.jerseyarts.com.

 

Haiti Relief

 

From Nancy Gagnier, Executive Director:

Executive Director
South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
www.twotowns.org
973-761-6116

Relief Efforts for Haiti

There are many residents here in Maplewood and South Orange and in our surrounding communities who are facing the loss of family and friends in Haiti.  Based on conversations with leaders in the Haitian community here, we can best serve the relief effort by sending first aid items to organizations that will be able to deliver them and to give financial support to reputable organizations recommended by the US government.  The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race encourages you to visit White House.gov and www.interaction.org to find lists of reputable donation organizations.  Two sites are provided here: 

AMERICAN RED CROSS
Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

To make your own first aid kits to donate, visit the following UMCOR link:

http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit/

 


 

Martin Luther King Holiday Celebrationsand Reaffirmations

As we enter a new year and a new decade, what better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the man who so eloquently and vividly articulated “the Dream” for this county and this community - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Coalition celebrated and reaffirmed out commitment at our 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, an interfaith service featuring speaker Marc H. Morial, past New Orleans Mayor and current President and CEO of the National Urban League, Voices in Harmony and a Volunteer Fair/Reception. See article about the event here!

The event took place Monday, January 18, 2010 at the South Orange Vailsburg United Methodist Church, and was hosted by the church and the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

 


Marc H. Morial
 



Last year, President Obama reinvigorated the call to service initiated by congress in 1994 as a way of transforming the holiday honoring Dr. King into a time of community service.  More people than ever volunteered for service projects last year, truly making it a "day on, not a day off."  This year, the Community Coalition on Race participated in a calendar of service projects, donation opportunities, and events that reflect Dr. King's call to serve.

Our Annual MLK Observance speaker this year was Marc Haydel Morial, a resident of Maplewood and an American political and civic leader and former mayor of New Orleans.  He is currently the President and CEO of the National Urban League.


Schools Committee Presents Letter on Racial Make Up of New Teacher Hires to Board of Education


At the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, November 16, 2009 Schools Committee Co-Chair Carol Barry-Austin and Schools Committee member Nancy Solomon presented the following letter:

The Schools Committee of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race has had the pleasure of participating in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood's New Teacher Orientation for five years.  Our purpose in going to the orientation has been both to speak about the unique qualities of our intentionally integrated and inclusive community and to introduce the work of the Coalition on Race to new teachers.  We also speak about our Schools Committee's particular commitment to narrowing the academic achievement gap as one of the ways to improve true integration in our schools and thus in our community.
    One extremely important element for ameliorating the academic achievement gap is to provide students with role models among their teachers and other leaders in the schools and in the community. After five years of participation in the new teacher orientation, we continue to be dismayed by the lack of diversity among newly hired teachers. This year, in 2009, we saw the fewest non-white new teachers in all the years we have been coming.  The teachers were young and enthusiastic, but they were not reflective of the student body of our community.
    The importance of a racially and ethnically integrated teaching staff cannot be over-stated. Children need to see adults who look like them in their classrooms.  White children as well as children of color need the experience of seeing teachers of color in their schools.  Is it possible that there were so few teachers of color available to our District this year? What are our hiring practices and who actually does the hiring?
     The importance of these issues is not something new or foreign to our District.  Take a look at the admirable District goals on the website, particularly Professional Staff-Objective C: Recruitment and hiring of qualified and diverse professional staff (http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/somsd/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=280962 ). Clearly, it is a goal of our District to have a diverse teaching staff.  But is it a high priority?
    We are aware that Mr. Memoli presented a report to the Superintendent and Board of Education at the October 19, 2009  BOE meeting, and we know that the District has begun to do outreach to some historically black colleges. This is a beginning, but it is not enough to ensure that the District meets its own goal.
     The Schools Committee of the Coalition and the Coalition itself, as always, stand ready to support inclusion and true integration with suggestions and dialogue.

                        Sincerely,

                        Carol Barry-Austin, Co-chair Schools Committee
                        Meredith Sue Willis, Co-chair Schools Committee


 

Coalition Schools Committee gives workshop to South Mountain PTA!


 

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Schools Committee Co-Chair Sue Willis and Program Director Audrey Rowe met with 48 members of the South Mountain School PTA to discuss the "Top Ten Tips for Your Child's Academic Success."

After role plays and a reading of the Ten Top Tips, the PTA, led by their program chairs Marietta Zacker and Patricia Canning (also a Schools Committee member and one of the writers of the Top Ten Tips), the PTA discussed many issues about getting the best our of our School District. This program is part of the Schools Committee's work to bridge the Academic Achievement Gap in our schools


For Past Coalition Events and News, Click here.

 

(updated 7-6-10)

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Coalition Events Coming Up:

Hold the date: October 2, 2010 Celebration of Integration

 

Report to the Community: Wednesday, October 13

 

We're in the News!

Start Ledger Article on School Deleveling
Executive Director Nancy Gagnier on Brian Lehrer Show!
Mind the Gap Follow-Up
Gospel Drama

Conversations on Race in the news

More on Trustee Nancy Solomon's Peabody Award

Report on our Candidates' Forum from Patch.

South Orange on the front page of the New York Times!

NYTimes Local Blog on "Conversations on Race: Mind the Gap!"

South Orange Patch report on Community Conversation on Mind the Gap! with Pictures

Coaltion Trustee Nancy Solomon wins a Peabody Award for her NPR radion program about the academic achievement gap.
Article on our Martin Luther King Jr. Program
Nancy Solomon says her introduction to the topic of her recent NPR documentary "Minding the Gap," came from attending a discussion by the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race six years ago.
The Two Towns Sing Ins was terrific, and Patch made a video. Take a look at http://patch.com/nJBC
 
Patch also came to our Celebrating Integration event on Saturday, October 3, 2009! Click here.

Article on 2009 Report to the Community  -- lots of good pictures!

Newsweek Magazine article

Article about our Sing-Ins

In hard copy-- New Jersey Monthly Magazine, November 2009 issue, p. 84, “Dateline:  Maplewood  How One Small Suburban Town Became A Big Testing Ground for Online News Reporting

 

Local Student interviews Assemblywoman Jasey.

 

Moving Away Looking Back--a former resident misses town

Patch came to our Celebrating Integration event on Saturday, October 3, 2009! Click here.

The New York Times LOCAL has a statement from Executive Director Nancy Gagnier on racial representation at local events.

There's a new local website with news about South Orange/Maplewood (and Millburn) online at Patch.com

Plus! The New York Times is blogging South Orange and Maplewood at The Local!

CHS graduate and Princeton University student Amira Karriem's research on deleveling and African-American students includes Columbia High School.

Olympic athlete Hazel Clark-Riley speaks of the new president-- and of integration in Maplewood and South Orange!

 


Community
Events and News:

 

PANTS ON THE GROUND FILM FESTIVAL

All programs at Ethical Culture Society AT 7:00 pm

'The Hobart Shakespeareans” April 21stSo called “high risk” students respond to high expectations and additional support with exceptional results.

“Eye of the Storm” & “A Class Divided” April 28th Teacher Jane Elliot’s ground breaking brown eyes/blue eyes experiment with her third grade class and their reflections as adults show the impact of labels.

“The Algebra Project” & The Growth Mindset May 12th The Algebra Project --10,000 eighth graders from challenging backgrounds succeed in algebra, preparation for Honors math and community activism.

The Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, author of “The Secrets To Raising Smart Kids” and “Is Math a Gift? Beliefs that Put Females at Risk” introduces anotherparadigm on learning.

“The Providence Effect” May 19th The remarkable story of a K through 12 school on Chicago’s West Side

 

Maplewood Memorial Library Presents

Junior Library Champions

Young Adult Spring Programs 2010

For 6th through 12th Grades

April 2010

Main Library

Danny Jean Caballero / Cartoonist and Illustrator, Friday, April 16, 3:30 pm – 5:00pm

Teen Advisory Group Meeting – Tuesday, April 20, - 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Paradise Book Club Meeting – Tuesday, April 27, - 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Revolution 1967: Documentary- Wednesday, April 28- 7:00 pm

Tech Zone:  Video-Gaming, Table games, Teen Socializing, Homework help, and more fun, Monday(s) (3:30-6:00), Wednesday(s) (3:30-6:00), and Friday(s) (3:30-5:00).

Hilton Branch

Video-gaming, Thursday, April 8, - 4:00 pm (Computer Lab)

Peace Hip-Hop Dance, Thursday, April 22, - 3:30 pm-4:30 pm (Meeting Room)

Teen Advisory Group Meeting, Thursday, April 22,- 4:40 pm – 5:20 pm

(Meeting Room)

Maliq Griffin, Cartooning, Thursday, April 29, - 4:00 pm (Meeting Room)

 

 

 

May 2010

Main Library

Teen Advisory Group, Tuesday, - May 11 – 4:00 pm

Paradise Book Club, Tuesday, - May 18 – 3:30 pm

Tech Zone: Video-Gaming, Table games, Teen Socializing, Homework help, and more fun, Monday(s) (3:30-6:00), Wednesday(s) (3:30-6:00),

and Friday(s) (3:30-5:00).

 

 

Hilton Branch

Blogging, Thursday, May 6, - 4:00 pm

Teen Advisory Group Meeting , Thursday, May 13, – 4:00 pm

Video-gaming, Thursday, May 20, – 4:00pm

 

Ever wonder how the three different major religions view the same event? Come out to hear a free Trialogue between leaders of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The sacrifice and miraculous restoration of a beloved son is a central, but largely overlooked, theme in Judaism, Christianity and Al-Islam, celebrated in scriptural texts on Ishmael, Isaac and Jesus. Congregation Beth El in South Orange, Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood and Masjid Waarith Ud Deen Mosque in Irvington are jointly sponsoring a community discussion of this intriguing common thread in a program entitled " An Interfaith Trialogue --The Sacrifice of the Sons: Ishmael, Isaac and Jesus". Rabbi Alan Brill, Imam W. Deen Shareef and Pastor Richard Boyer will present the scriptural basis for these ancient stories of faith and explore their relevance for our times.

Gain insights from this free program which will be held:

 March 7, 2010
 2:30-4:30pm
 The Baird Community Center
 5 Mead Street, South Orange

Interfaith Outreach Committee
South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

 

 

Integration Through the Arts!

Check out all these local gallery tours and events:

Gallery 1978
The Pierro Gallery
Artists Studio tour:

ARTS CAFÉ Open Mic Night” invites all to come out and share their talents whether it is reading poetry, playing music or singing. Participants will have 10 to 15 minutes to perform for a live audience and build their following. 

“ARTS CAFÉ” is held at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center located at 1978 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. Sign up to perform at 7:30. Show begins at 8:00. This event is open to the public from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A $5 donation is requested. For more information email: somaartnet@comcast.net or visit www.1978artscenter.org

The current exhibit in the 1978 gallery is Working at the Museum. 1978 Maplewood Arts Center celebrates the creative staff of the Newark Museum. somaartnet@comcast.net


Singalong at Ethical Culture
Second Friday each month
Ethical Culture Society
516 Prospect St
Maplewood, NJ 07040
7:30 PM
973 763-1905

Free

 

South Orange Maplewood Bicycle Coalition

A group is starting a SO/MA bicycle coalition - if you love to cycle or want to20get back into it - get in touch with Tom Reingold and Ellen Kahaner Contact info:
Tom Reingold: noglider@pobox.com, 973-821-3662
Ellen Kahaner: ekahaner@gmail.com

 

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