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  • December 19, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Dec. 20, 2019

      Hanukkah here we come!

      At our Shabbat evening service (7:30 PM) we'll learn some little known facts about Hanukkah. 

      At our Shabbat morning Torah study (10:00 AM) we'll look at the Maccabean revolt that started the whole story through the lens of the Books of the Maccabees. 

      Beginning Sunday night we will light our ancient menorah outside the Temple at precisely 7:00 PM. As our president Michael Fishbein said last week, the real miracle is that our menorah still works.
      Rain or shine or snow we'll say the blessings, sing a new song, and tell a new story (or joke) every night. 
       Keep in mind that next week we'll also light our antique indoor Temple menorah (nearly 120 years old) at both our Shabbat service on the 27th and our Hanukkah party on the 28th.

    Shabbat shalom and Happy Hanukkah,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 12, 2019 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Dec. 12, 2019

      ***We mourn the tragic deaths of three members of the Jewish community in Jersey City and a police officer there. Our hearts go out to their families.***

      We welcome our 5th Grade to our December Family Shabbat Service (7:30 PM) to help lead the prayers and offer a skit on Hanukkah (it's getting close). 

       At our Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM) we will learn about the abuse of power and impeachment of King David, who nonetheless is allowed to remain in office. Relevant?!

       A special "Hanukkah Hour" Tot program takes place on Sunday (9:30 AM) during religious school. Any child age 1-4 is welcome with a parent.

        Mark your calendar: Hanukkah begins Sunday eve the 22nd. We have our outdoor menorah lighting at 7:00 PM sharp every night, and our annual party Sat. eve, the 28th.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • December 10, 2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congregation Adas Emuno’s Early Childhood Program welcomes children ages 1-4 years old and their caregivers for a fun-filled morning. Children will learn about Hanukkah through music, storytelling, games, crafts, and food. 

    Bring your family to celebrate and meet new friends. Open to the Community. RSVPs preferred, but drop-ins are always welcome. (RSVP

    When: Sunday 12/15/19

    Time:  9:30am - 10:30am

    Where: 254 Broad Avenue, Leonia (enter on High Street)

  • December 05, 2019 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Dec. 5, 2019
    Dear Friends,
       Lincoln famously said that "a house divided against itself cannot stand".
       Yet our country was deeply divided both at its founding and today, never mind during the Civil War.
       It’s particularly instructive to understand how our Founders dealt with division, as did the Founding Family in our Torah portion -- which we will examine at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM). 
        This theme continues at our Shabbat morning Torah study (10:00 AM).
         This Sunday is our annual Mitzvah Mall (11:15 AM), one of our nicest social action programs. Come learn about organizations making a difference in our community and receive beautiful donation cards which make wonderful Hanukkah gifts.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • November 27, 2019 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Nov. 27, 2019
         On this Thanksgiving I am thankful for a group of American heroes who have recently spoken truth to power.
         I will offer a tribute to them at our Shabbat evening service (7:30 PM).
         Political events have also been tumultuous in Israel of late, and how these events are echoes of ancient Biblical disputes will emerge in our Shabbat morning Torah study (10:00 AM).

    Shabbat Shalom and Happy Thanksgiving,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    PS- A reminder that Religious School does not meet for the holiday weekend.

  • November 26, 2019 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    So Many Ways to "Do Good"

    The end of 2019 is in sight.  Let's go out in style - Tikkun Olam style!

    • Oneg Sponsorship - 2020 - Dates through August have been added to our online sign up.  This is a special way to recognize yahrzeits, birthdays and anniversaries.  Click here to sign up - 2020 sponsors needed!
    • Mitzvah Mall - Sunday, December 8 - 11:15 am (changed from 11:30 am) - Social Hall
      • How does it work?  Make a donation to a participating charitable organization and receive a blank greeting card with an insert which describes the charity. These cards can be given as gifts to friends and family so they know a donation was made in their honor.  Organizations this year include: Operation Respect, Hackensack River Keeper, Jewish Braille International and Bergen County Animal Shelter.
    • Food Donations - On-going - The Center for Food action continues to need our support.  Current donations are important for the increase demand for aid around the year end holidays.

  • November 21, 2019 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Nov. 21, 2019

    Dear Friends,

      I was quite surprised to learn that my alma mater, Duke University, is embroiled in a dispute with the Trump Administration over its Middle East Study Center.
      It’s complicated, and it even relates to this week's Torah portion!
      I'll explain at our Shabbat evening service (7:30 PM).

      At our Shabbat morning Torah study (10:00 ) we'll take a close look at the foundational event that established the Jewish people—the revelation at Mount Sinai. What exactly happened there?

      I was asked to give the sermon at this year's Leonia Community Thanksgiving Service, this Tuesday, the 26th, at the Presbyterian Church (8:00 PM), 181 Ft. Lee Road. It's always a nice occasion, and a jazz band is playing.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • November 14, 2019 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Nov. 14, 2019

    Dear Friends,

      The saga of Abraham and Sarah is not particularly funny, but it is in the hands of the 6th grade, who will lead our Shabbat Family Service (7:30 PM).

      We revisit the epic of the Exodus at our Shabbat Morning Torah study, "Turning Points in Jewish History" (10:00 AM).

      These Biblical stories also come alive in creative ways at our weekly religious school service on Sundays (9:00 AM) and at Confirmation Class (11:00 AM).

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • November 07, 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Nov. 7, 2019
    Dear Friends,

      Even though Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass", the beginning of the Holocaust in earnest, occurred 81 years ago this Shabbat, our member Kurt Roberg was an eyewitness to the tragedy. He will share his vivid recollection at our Shabbat Evening service (7:30 PM).
      At our Shabbat Morning Torah study (10:00 AM) on "Turning Points in Jewish History" we will examine what happened when Alexander the Great conquered Israel...and the world changed forever.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • October 31, 2019 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Week at Adas Emuno

    Oct. 31, 2019

    Dear Friends,

         There was something about Noah (the subject of this week's Torah portion) that bothered the sages, and it has relevance to what is happening today. I'll let you in on the secret at our Shabbat evening service (7:30 PM).

         We join with our local Reform congregations for a special combined Torah study at Temple Sinai in Tenafly with guest scholar Rabbi Leon Morris on Shabbat morning (9:00 AM).

         Don't forget to have your clocks "fall back" an hour so you will be on time for religious school and anything else on Sunday.

         Do you know someone with a tot age 1-4? If so, they will enjoy our special Tot-Shabbat program this Sunday (9:30-10:30 AM). Contact Kerri Klein at

         And check out our new book club, which has its third meeting on Monday (7:30 PM).

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

Student Cantor

Joseph Flaxman

Religious School Director

Shira Friedman

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