November 05, 2014

Author returns to thank inspiring teacher

The events that brought author Eugene Pogany to a South Orange synagogue represented an unexpected coincidence as well as a serendipitous bridging of...

July 03, 2014

New federation leader learns from the past

As Leslie Dannin Rosenthal prepared to take office July 1 as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, she attributed her keen...

July 02, 2014

Tears flow, prayers offered as community mourns teens

Eve Wasserman wiped tears from her eyes at Oheb Shalom Congregation’s morning minyan on July 1 as Rabbi Mark Cooper led a memorial service for...

June 03, 2014

From old synagogue to urban oasis

It’s been over 100 years since members of Oheb Shalom Congregation last used their old home on Newark’s Prince Street. Since then the...

February 26, 2014

Community heads campaign to feed ‘all who are hungry’

Following the dictate in the Haggada that says “Let all who are hungry come and eat,” the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest...

February 26, 2014

Rabbi Mark Cooper: Israel’s challenges, our responsibilities

On a rabbinic mission to Israel last week (see related article), I met some people who are in some ways very different from me and you, ...

November 06, 2013

Liberal Shuls Welcome Law Legalizing Gay Marriage

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, one day after same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey, Jack Greenberg and Ron Weiss were married at Oheb Shalom...

October 10, 2013

Village Apts. Burns Bright on Silver Anniversary

Rabbi Mark Cooper of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange said his father lived at the Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation for a number...

May 29, 2013

Livingston Food Drive to Benefit Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry

LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Thur. May 23, Livingston’s second annual Stuff the Bus made its rounds to collect for C.H.O.W. (Community Hunger...

May 29, 2013

Kol Dodi Marks 20 Years With Jewish Top 5

For more than 20 years, Kol Dodi, the community-wide Jewish choir, has been celebrating the range of Jewish music, from Bernstein to Lewandowski to...

May 22, 2013

South Orange Interfaith Forum Promotes Gun Safety Measures

By sitting at home doing nothing and adopting a policy of passivity,” said Rabbi Mark Cooper, “we’re responsible for enabling those...

May 22, 2013

Oheb Congregant Susan Marx Talk About Women of the Wall

SUSAN MARX rose early May 10 “to pray in unison with all of these wonderful men and women who have come to support Women of the...

May 14, 2013

One Dr. Ruth Honors Another at Lion Lunch

The event honored Dr. Ruth Legow and her efforts to create Lion of Judah endowments. A member of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, she has...

March 06, 2013

To Market, to Market on Behalf of Needy

For some, it is already a family tradition; for others, it was a totally new experience. With lists in hand, led by whomever they had appointed...

February 20, 2013

Supermarket Sweep FoodRaiser: Grocery Blitz to Feed the Needy

On Sunday, March 3, a mighty force will invade ShopRite in Clark. Wielding shopping carts and armed with lists, people of all ages will charge the...

February 12, 2013

FoodRaiser Supports Oheb Shalom Pantry

The Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange and the Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFS Central) Food Pantry...

December 10, 2012

Oheb Shalom Aids Habitat for Humanity

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, members of Oheb Shalom assisted Habitat for Humanity in rehabilitating a house in Newark, NJ.

November 28, 2012

Oheb Shalom Kids Visit Firehouse

On Nov. 18, the Zeman School of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange held a Mitzvah Day, or day of good deeds. Students baked cookies and...

November 25, 2012

Schnurman: Coming of Age Ritual Offers Lessons on Achieving Success

Last Saturday, my son Matthew had his bar mitzvah ceremony at Congregation Oheb Shalom in South Orange. A bar mitzvah is a rite of passage when a...

November 01, 2012

Shelters From the Storm: Area Synagogues Tap 'Spiritual Electricity' in Wake of Sandy

Among those offering warmth and power to those without were Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange and Temple Bnai Abraham in Livingston, which...

August 01, 2012

Student Honored By Fund for Shoa Education

After years of immersing himself in the stories of Holocaust victims and survivors, Millburn High School student Matthew Survis has been recognized...

May 02, 2012

Family Reunion was Centuries in the Making

Over 265 Schwarzes filled the social hall at Oheb Shalom Congregation on April 29, marking the reunion of family that can trace its roots to Bavaria...

March 14, 2012

Op-ed: The Synagogue as Our Window on the World by Rabbi Cooper

An old joke tells of a man who had no interest in being a member of a synagogue. He didn’t believe in God and had no desire to pray or practice...

December 21, 2011

Jewish Schools Are in a Garden State of Mind

The garden at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange is quiet now, its stalks brown and withered. But over the past two years, the...

September 22, 2011

Oheb Shalom's New Group Creates 'YOFI' Memories for Families

Oheb Shalom Congregation has just launched a new initiative, aimed at creating "yofi," or "beautiful" memories for families. The group, named Yofi,...

August 10, 2011

Shul Men's Clubs Adapt to an Egalitarian Culture

At least one local Conservative synagogue, Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, is bucking the trend. A group of men including Alan Winkler of...

May 18, 2011

South Orange Synagogue Harnessing Sun Power

As the sun beat down on the roof of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange on the morning of May 1, about 50 congregants and religious school...

November 17, 2010

Oheb Shalom Helps Renovate Its Former Home in Newark

Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange is paying tribute to its history by helping to further renovation of its former home in Newark and...

October 06, 2010

Founded By Mavericks, Oheb Shalom Still Embracing the New

In 1860, most of Newark was still rural and German was still the mother tongue of much of its Jewish population. There were still only two synagogues...

May 26, 2010

'Walk of Ages' Unites Church and Synagogue

First they walked, retracing the steps of those who came before them; then they sang and worshiped with those who followed in their footsteps. Oheb...

March 05, 2009

Teenagers Give and Get on Trip to New Orleans

Matthew Survis, 14, began to understand the extent of the devastation in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina during a visit to the city’s Lower...

August 28, 2008

Historical Society Revels in Gift of Oheb Shalom's Archives

As they gazed over 63 gray boxes in a climate-controlled storage room at the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, Linda Forgosh and Jill Hershorin...

May 01, 2008

Shul Heeds Leader's Call to Study Belief, Mitzvot

They sat around the library table, eight members of Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, asking and answering questions about God, faith, and...

January 31, 2008

Cantor Lippitz: A Woman Cantor Celebrates 20 Years in a Pioneering Role

When Cantor Erica Lippitz arrived at Oheb Shalom Congregation, the clergy wore robes — black on Shabbat, white on holidays. She liked it...