Fanwood’s first Green Fair, celebrating our environment and promoting green activities, was well attended on the evening of June 26th at LaGrande Park. Mayor Colleen Mahr thanks everyone who turned out to learn about Fanwood’s green initiatives and the efforts of the Sustainable Jersey committee. Pictured is councilwoman Kathy Mitchell at the table of the Fanwood Environmental Commission, the volunteers who bring us the Fanwood Nature Center and other activities.
Temple Sholom announced that congregant Ann Saltzman of Fanwood, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Director of the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study at Drew University, was honored with the Sister Rose Thering Award on June 20 in Trenton, NJ. The award has been presented annually since 2007 by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to a person who has initiated and supported educational and community programs to combat bias, bigotry and intolerance and that bring together people of different faiths for better understanding of each other and of Israel.
“I am honored to have received such a prestigious award,” said Saltzman. “It is a testament to the important work that we do at Drew. In addition, I try to infuse the lesson of tolerance into my everyday life and carry on the work started by Sister Rose Thering.”
Sister Rose Thering (1920-2006) was a Roman Catholic nun, teacher and former professor at Seton Hall University who battled anti-Semitism within the Catholic community and around the world. While at Seton Hall, she developed workshops to promote understanding between Christians and Jews. Her doctoral dissertation which studied anti-Semitism in Catholic texts, entitled “Faith and Prejudice,” was used by the Vatican to reverse church policy that had previously blamed the Jewish community at large for the death of Christ. As a result of Sister Rose Thering’s activism, universities, politicians and the worldwide religious community have opened up to dialogue about interfaith tolerance and understanding.