EDISON — Temple Emanu-El, located at 100 James Street in Edison, has announced its special events for August. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the temple. For more information, call 732-549-4442.
August 9, Shalom Shabbat: A lively, musical Shabbat service begins at 7 p.m. followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat.
August 16, TOT Shabbat: An age-appropriate fun learning program for children up to six years old, which also includes a Jewish-themed art and craft session, starts at 6 p.m.
August 19, Book Club: This month’s selection is “Once We Were Brothers” by Ronald Balson. The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m.; all are welcome.
August 23, Shabbat Under the Stars: Bring your Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m.; the Temple will provide drinks, challah and dessert. At 7 p.m. a special outdoor service under the stars will welcome the Sabbath bride with music and song. Visitors and families are welcome. An ice cream oneg follows the outdoor service.
August 31, Song & Selichot: Featuring Gerard Edery, Master of Sephardic Song, this special selichot program is designed to open hearts in preparation for the High Holy Day season. The program begins at 8:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 9:45 p.m. The Selichot service starts at 10:15 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the NJ Lesbian and Gay Havurah, and performers include Jules Frankel, Dave Schlossberg, Rabbi Vaisberg and Cantor Marer.
Temple Emanu-El is offering a special incentive for new members: pay only 50 percent in membership fees for two years, including High Holy Day tickets and all other events and services offered by the temple. The community welcomes people of all races, gender, ethnic background, physical capability, sexual orientation, national origin and marital status.
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