Black/Jewish Solidarity: Building Together 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 1pm • Free Event with RSVP 
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange NJ 

Join Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel’s Social Justice Task Force in Partnership with South Orange/Maplewood’s SOMA JUSTICE for a panel discussion on issues affecting the Black and Jewish communities here in South Orange and Maplewood, including action steps to become better allies to each other. Followed by a gallery walk through the civil rights art exhibit with curator Armisey Smith. Free and open to the local community. Light refreshments served. RSVP and questions to Alison Oxman,

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Book Discussion: The Nickel Boys - A Novel by Colson Whitehead
Sun, Feb 23, 2:30 - 4 pm • Free Event
Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Ave. Maplewood, NJ

The Nickel Boys is set at a fictionalized version of the Dozier School for Boys, dubbed Nickel Academy. Whitehead first heard of the real-life Dozier School on Twitter in 2014.  The state of Florida ran Dozier as a reform school. The school opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 after decades of allegations against the school for allowing the beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by guards and employees. In conjunction with the publication of The Nickel Boys, Whitehead was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine for the July 8, 2019 edition, alongside the strap-line "America's Storyteller".

Sponsored by: Mayor Frank McGehee

The Evolution of Beauty Care: Then To Now
Sun, Feb 23, 3 - 6 pm • RSVP required
Euphoria Hair and Beauty Bar, 2 Burnett Ave., Maplewood, NJ 07040

Since Madam CJ Walker's beauty has evolved dramatically. During this session, we will celebrate African American Beauty as a whole….from skincare to haircare to total body care. Discussions will include: Skin, Hair and Body care for all seasons, Skin Care - How To’s and a facial demonstration, Using Proper Body Mechanics and Body Hair Removal. Chair Massage by ProBody Massage Please RSVP @

Sponsored by Euphoria Hair & Beauty Bar