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'Living in the Crosshairs' Panel Discussion

New Jersey Jewish News (Metro West) — January 20, 2016

"GATHER THE PEOPLE" was the prevailing idea at the Chabad Center of Northwest NJ's 28th anniversary Founders' Dinner, held Dec. 16 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

The honorees were Flory Heller, director of the Chabad Early Learning Center, who received the Pillar of Education Award; Gary Shiman, executive vice president of Somerville Aluminum, Man of the Year Award; and Fred Goldring, president and CEO of USI Services Group, the Ketter Shem Tov Award.

"The theme of this dinner was '28 Years of Bringing People Together,"' said the center's director, Rabbi Asher Herson. "A biblical verse states. 'Gather the people!' Bringing people together in a way of love, growth, and communal involvement is definitely the cornerstone of any successful society. Our distinguished honorees embody leadership in this vein to the utmost."

Pictures of the dinner and a documentary video can be viewed at NIGEL SAVAGE, president and CEO of Hazon, will present "Tu B'Shevat, Three Goats, and Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century" at Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit JCC on Sunday, Jan. 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

Savage will put the Jewish New Year of the Trees in context, presenting its evolution and connecting it to the profound changes under way both within and beyond the Jewish world.

Savage, who founded Hazon in 2000, has twice been named to the Forward's annual list of the 50 most influential American Jews. Hazon is a Jewish environmental organization that works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.

The program is sponsored by the congregation's GreenFaith Committee and is funded by the Zukoff family in memory of Ben Zukoff.

Light refreshments featuring the Seven Species of Israel will be served. Call 908-273-8130 or visit

['Living in the Crosshairs' Panel Discussion]

Law Professor Davis S. Cohen and attorney Krysten Connon, authors of Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, will be part lead speakers at a panel discussion of the same name sponsored by the Essex County Section of National Council of Jewish Women in recognition of the anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade. The Lunch and Learn will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, noon-2 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. The Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the Supreme Court in 1973, but "there are forces that want to roll back the clock," said Phoebe Pollinger, event cochair along with Lunch and Learn cochairs Isabel Margolin and Tema Javerbaum. "These efforts are well-funded and well-organized and are dangerous to women. We have chosen to highlight anti-abortion domestic terrorism because the media does not, and therefore people don't think about it," Pollinger said. "We need to call it what it is - terrorism - and bring it to light."

Joining the authors on the panel will be discussion leader Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton, former director of the NJ Division on Women; Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters, which has highlighted the lack of media coverage on this topic; and Dr. Jennifer Amico of Physicians for Reproductive Health.

In addition to the NCJW sections of Essex, Bergen, Union, and West Morris counties, "Living in the Crosshairs" is being cosponsored by many organizations, including American Association of University Women, Alliance for Justice, BlueWaveNJ, Center for Reproductive Rights, Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West NJ, League of Women Voters of New Jersey, Hadassah of Northern New Jersey, National Organization for Women, NJ Abortion Access Fund, NJ Citizen Action, NJ Public Policy Network, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NJ, Reproductive Justice Committee of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, Reproductive Justice/Health Task Team of Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ, Sierra Club, and Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston.

The fee is $20 and includes a buffet lunch; the book will be available for purchase at the event. The snow date is Thursday, Jan. 28. Registration is required by Friday, Jan. 15; visit or call 973-740-0588.

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