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  • January 06, 2022 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jan. 6, 2022
    Dear Friends,
     One year ago today we experienced one of the darkest hours in American history.
     Not to put a dampener on the new year, but we're obliged to discuss this awful anniversary.
      I'll ask for your thoughts after our Zoom Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

       We begin our second semester of "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel" at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM). The epic story of Samuel, Saul and David will occupy the next 5-6 weeks- it is grand and there is so much resonance with events today. You are welcome to join us even if you never have before.

       Our bi-monthly Zoom Adas Emuno Book Clubmeets on Monday (7:30 PM). Topic: The Magician of Lublin, a classic novel by the Nobel prize winning novelist, Isaac Bashevis Singer.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 30, 2021 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 30, 2021
    Dear Friends,
      I'll let you in on a big secret- this week's Livestream Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM)  is pre-recorded, because both the cantor and I are away.

       But you will not want to miss my annual Rabbi's Top-Ten Jewish News Stories!
    We review the event filled past year through a Jewish lens.
       Keep in mind that you can watch the livestream on Shabbat/New Year's Eve or anytime after that.

       Both Torah study and Religious school are on break.
       We pray that 2022 will bring health and peace to our families, our country and the world.
    Shabbat shalom and Happy New Year,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 23, 2021 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 23, 2021

    Dear Friends,
       Yes, we will have services for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (though not in person)- Shabbat is Shabbat!
        From time to time I take note of a Jewish obituary- a life well-lived, worthy of comment, but perhaps missed amongst all the news.
      Such is the case of Aaron Feurerstein, a Massachusetts factory owner whose loyalty to his workers made national headlines in 1995 and who passed away last month.
       I'll speak about him at our Zoom Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

       Both Torah Study and Religious School are on break this week and next.
       Enjoy the winter break, but stay safe!

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 16, 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 16, 2021
    Dear Friends,
       We come to the end of the epic Book of Genesis this week.
       Is it "happily ever after" for Joseph and his family after the big reunion?
       Let's talk about it at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM) which will be Livestreamed.

        From time to time a Jewish hero arises who is all out of character from the typical.
        Such is the case with Samson, the Jewish superman.
        We'll read his story from the Book of Judges at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM)

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 09, 2021 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Dear Friends,
      One of the most emotional and significant moments in the entire Torah occurs in this week’s Torah portion, when Judah encounters Joseph.
       We'll discuss why it is so important at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

      The Book of Judges describes a dramatic but troubling chapter in the early history of our ancestors.
       For the next few weeks we read excerpts of this often overlooked part of the Hebrew Bible.
       You're always welcome to join us at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

      Start reading: The  next Adas Emuno Book Club meets Jan. 10 and we are discussing the Nobel prize winning Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic The Magician of Lublin.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 02, 2021 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 2, 2021

    Dear Friends,
      We sprint to the finish of Hanukkah with:
      1. Shabbat Hanukkah Family Service (7:00 PM in-person), with an outdoor lighting and pre-service oneg followed by our service led by Grades 3-4, and featuring special Hanukkah music by all our grades.

      2. Community Hanukkah Lighting and Reception (7:00 PM in-person), on Saturday night, outdoors with sufganiyot and other refreshments, and the rabbi's dreidel collection on display, with new additions.

      3. Last Night of Hanukkah Lighting (7:00 PM in-person), on Sunday night, with the finale of the AE 150 Trivia Quiz.
      We'll also mark Hanukkah at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM)  and at Religious School on Sunday- all in all a full holiday celebration! 

    Shabbat shalom and Happy Hanukkah,
    Rabbi Schwartz
     For Livestream Services:
    Go to and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box. About 5 minutes before, find the service that is "live" and wait for the service to begin.
  • November 25, 2021 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nov. 25, 2021

    Dear Friends,
       Happy Thanksgiving!
       I hope you are enjoying the holiday with family and friends this year.
       And Hanukkah starts Sunday night!

       But first, join us for our  Zoom Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM) .
       Past president Alan Spector will offer a special message—an opportunity to learn about kidney donation as part of an effort to save the life of a dear friend of his.

       Torah study and Religious School are both on break this holiday weekend.

       Then on to Hanukkah:
       Lighting of our outdoor menorah will take place on Sunday at 7:00 PM sharp and every night. 
       We'll sing a different Hanukkah song each night, and in honor of our 150th, an Adas Emuno Trivia Quiz!
       On the the 6th night (next Friday) we will have our Shabbat Hanukkah Family Service in person!
       On the 7th night (next Saturday) a community lighting will take place with refreshments.
        So c'mon out and light it up! 

    Shabbat shalom and Happy Hanukkah,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • November 18, 2021 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nov. 18, 2020
    Dear Friends,
       You might call him "the lost patriarch". In comparison to his father and his son, Isaac had a rather uneventful and unfortunate life. But we'll offer an appreciation of Isaac at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM)
        Joshua was no Moses, but his life was eventful and dramatic. We'll take a last look at Joshua and the conquest of Canaan at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study  (10:00 AM).

        Get ready for Hanukkah at our Zoom Hanukkah Cooking Class this Sunday evening (7:00 PM).

         We are proud to host the Leonia Community Thanksgiving Service this year on Tuesday (8:00 PM). Two new pastors from the Methodist and Baptist churches will be joining us, and Student Cantor Karlin will be joined by a variety of singers. Help us be good hosts and neighbors by attending in person.
         Finally, the Adas Emuno 150 Exhibit at the Leonia library is now open for viewing. Kudos to Michael Fishbein and Richard Alicchio for their fine work.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Go to and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box. About 5 minutes before, find the service that is 
  • November 11, 2021 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nov. 11, 2021

    Dear Friends,
      At our Zoom Shabbat Evening Family Service (7:30 PM), we invite the 6th Grade to lead us 
      We're in the middle of Genesis and the vivid stories of our patriarchs and matriarchs.

      At our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM) we're in the middle of another vivid biblical story- that of Joshua and the conquest of the Promised Land.

      Our Annual Mitzvah Mall takes place on Sunday (9:30 AM) in the sanctuary during religious school- come learn about how HIAS is supporting Afghan refugees in NJ and buy your donation cards, which make a great Hanukkah gift. 

      Finally, on Tuesday we marked Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, that initiated the Holocaust 83 years ago, and today is Veteran's Day, when we honor all those who have served in defense of our country. Both these annual days of commemoration will be noted at our Shabbat and school services. 
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • October 28, 2021 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 28, 2021

    Dear Friends,
       This week's Torah portion begins with the death of one matriarch (Sarah), ends with the introduction of the next matriarch (Rebecca), but also mentions two other rather mysterious women, Hagar and Keturah. 
       At our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM) we'll discuss the significance of all four women and the relationship between them.

       You might think that the Torah's description of the most important event in Jewish history, the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is a straight-forward, unified account. Think again!
         At our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM) we'll look at the complex reality.

       Even if you are not a regular, you may want to attend our next Adas Emuno Book Club (Nov. 8 at 7:30 PM) and read the book now. The long lost novella of the great writer Sholom Aleichem, Moshkeleh the Thief, has just been published in English for the first time, and it is a delight. Call 1-800-848-6224 and use code 6JP21 to get 40% off, courtesy of The Jewish Publication Society.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Go to and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box. About 5 minutes before the service is scheduled to begin, find the service that is "live" and wait for the service to begin.

Student Cantor

Joseph Flaxman

Religious School Director

Annette De Marco

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