Shofar to Sound on NJ's 350th Birthday at Neve Shalom

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On June 24, 2014, New Jersey will turn 350 years old, and citizens all over the Garden State will mark the occasion by ringing bells, blowing horns, or joining in this communal celebration at noon on that day in any way that they find appropriate. Assistant Secretary of State Carol Cronheim described the planned activities further: "We're inviting all religious organizations, schools, community centers, and local governments to ring their bells at that hour for a full minute to join in our statewide celebration. Many churches are planning to ring their bells, while we have heard from synagogues where the Shofar will be blown, and other groups that will be offering prayers or ringing virtual bells online."


At Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Avenue in Metuchen, NJ, we will commemorate New Jersey's 350th with the blast of the Shofar at high noon in front of the synagogue.    All are welcome to join us and help celebrate this commemoration.


Groups are also encouraged to take photographs of their activities at noon on June 24 and post them on the Facebook page for New Jersey 350th. You can access Facebook and Twitter accounts for the celebration through the anniversary website,


This year the Garden State is celebrating its 350th anniversary, commemorating the 1664 land grant to John, Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret that became New Jersey.  In preparation, the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is coordinating commemorative activities and working with partners all over the state to develop programming that explores and celebrates the many contributions of the Garden State to the nation and the world.   For this anniversary three themes have been identified to reflect much of what makes New Jersey so special: Innovation, Diversity, and Liberty.


For more information on this commemoration, please contact Rita Devlin at Congregation Neve Shalom, 732-548-2238 x18.

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