Members of the Renaissance Group are active adults who take pleasure in coming together at least once a month to enjoy timely speakers, music, trips, films, dine-a-rounds, camaraderie, and simply celebrating life. The Group has been on going continuously since it’s founding in 1989.  Membership is open to both Temple B’nai Or members and the community at large.  All events are open to the community.  Please join us.

2018 is shaping up to be a great year for Renaissance, and we plan to continue the fun throughout the spring:

Sunday, April 29, 3:00PM – A Cantorial Concert Temple B’nai Or and Renaissance are co-hosting a Cantorial Concert with the New Jersey Cantor’s Ensemble, Kolot Or, Ketzev, and Cantor Galit.  The concert will explore Israeli music over the last 70 years and beyond.  A Gallery Reception will follow the concert.  Tickets are $18.  Click here to purchase your tickets today.

Wednesday, May 16, 12:00PM – Stephen Flatow  Join us as we listen to Stephen Flatow, the father of Alisa Flatow, who was killed in a suicide bombing attack on a bus carried out by militants belonging to the Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip in 1995.  An amendment to the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, which enabled Flatow to successfully sue Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism is named after him, The Flatow Amendment.  Begnning in 2006, he has helped the United States government identify parties illegally processing financial transactions for Iran.

Saturday, May 19, 6:45PM – Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Join us for a community-wide, exciting night of music and learning.  Delicious traditional dairy dinner, concert by BANOT, comtemporary altertive study sessions.  The evening will conclude with Havdalah and desserts.  This event is sponsored by the Gary Aidekman Family Foundation.  Cost is $18.  Click here to reserve your spot today!  A email will follow closer to the event with a link to choose classes.

Wednesday, June 13, 12:00PM – Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Little-Known Forays Into Judaica  Join us as Dr. Pongracz talks to us and shows us many of Tiffany’s forays in Jadaic art.  Thiffany, who was raised Presbyterian in great privilege (her father Charles founded the jewelry store that bears the family name), worked with rabbis from Manhattan to Michigan.  He created synagogue windows as well as related mosaics, bimahs, menorahs, bronze Ark door, and textile Art curtains and Torah scroll wrappings.  Dozens of pieces survive, along with photos and other documentation of Tiffany’s lost Juadaica that was distroyed by fires or demolition crews.  Dr. Pongracz, the executive director of the Macullouch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, NJ has set out to document the forgotten works made for synangues and Jewish cemeteries.

All events are open to the entire Temple community, as well as to guests

Fees: $15 for Renaissance members, $20 for guests.

For reservations, contact Mitzi Szerlip at 215 Forest Glen, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 or 973-839-1939

For Renaissance questions, please call Stuart Rayvid (973-515-3518) or Carol Marin (973-366-9316)