Chabad of the Shore in Long Branch will hold a High Holiday Family Fun Day and Shofar Factory outdoors on its patio on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Those attending will be able to drill, carve and sand to make their own shofars from scratch. Other activities will include Rosh Hashana-themed arts & crafts, rides and games. RSVP requested online for at https://chabadshore.com. For information call (732) 229-2424.
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick will show the movie, The Tiger Within, about a Holocaust survivor who befriends a homeless teen for its Selichot program on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Selichot services will follow where the congregation will begin the process of preparing for the High Holidays and Days of Awe between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and change Torah scroll covers to white to symbolize the quest for purity.
The 2020 film, in which the Emmy-Award winning late actor Ed Asner gives his final performance, is set in Los Angeles and centers on his relationship with the runaway teen from a broken home in the Midwest, who has a swastika drawn on her jacket and was told by her alcoholic mother the Holocaust is a myth. It tackles issues of fear, forgiveness and world peace.
The virtual program can be viewed by going to https://www.aemt.net. For information call (732) 545-6484.
A joint communal Selichot program featuring a podcast, On Sacrifice and Forgiveness and What Lies in Between, with Alon Wald, head of operations at Ammunition Hill National Heritage Center, will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8:15 p.m. The podcast, being sponsored by the Jewish National Fund, is part of a joint communal service between the Marlboro Jewish Center, Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen and Congregation Beth Ohr in Old Bridge.
Wald is the son of Rami Wald, who fought with the 55th Paratroopers Brigade in Jerusalem during the Six-Day War and died in action while leading the paratroopers into Ammunition Hill. Alon served as an officer in several elite IDF units and Shabak, the Israeli secret service, as well as oversaw security operations in Israeli embassies and aviation services around the world. He considers himself a “second generation torchbearer” dedicated to keeping the memory of the liberators of Jerusalem alive.
Click the flyer on the Marlboro Jewish Center website, https://www.mjcnj.com, to listen. For more information call there at (732) 536-2300; Beth Ahm at (732) 583-1700 or Beth Ohr at (732) 257-1523.
Get in the swing for the upcoming holidays while your children have some fun at the PJ Library High Holiday Round Robin on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick. The event is co-sponsored by the synagogue and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey and is recommended for children ages 2-8. It will feature games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, shofar blowing, snacks and other fun activities. All denominations and Jewish affiliations are welcome. PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children from birth through 12 years old. Each book comes with a study guide for parents to be used to spark conversation after reading the book. An RSVP is requested by Sept. 6 by filling out a form at https://bnaitikvah.org. For questions and information, contact Melissa Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org.