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Music to Our Ears, Camps for Kids, and an Interfaith Trip to Israel

Caldwell College kicks off concert series, Caldwell Community Center offers camps for kids, and Notre Dame and Agudath plan for Israel.

Columbus: Age of Discovery

It's fall and that means music at . On Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., in the Alumni Theater, the College kicks off its Fall Concert Series with a spirited performance of Columbus: Age of Discovery by the Early Music Players. Dressed in period garb and playing reproductions of historical instruments, such as the recorder, viola da gamba, krumhorn, gemshorn, early flute and percussion, the ensemble will perform a variety of lively and rhythmic music, from the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella to the New World.

Founded in 1972, the group has performed throughout the Metropolitan area, and has been featured on WNET Channel 13 and NJN’s State of the Arts. Members include Ilizabeth Cabrera, Joanna Hoty Russell, Andrew Koenig, and Kristine Lamb. General admission to the concert is $20. Students and seniors are $15.

Future concerts include The Garden State Opera performing the comic opera L’Elisir D’Amore on Sunday, Oct. 23; Schola Sings Solo, featuring trained singers from the membership of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, performing a musical revue on the theme of “Healing” on Saturday, Nov. 5; and the Christmas Spectacular concert on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.

Where Kids Can Go When Schools are Closed

School is closed, but mom and dad have to work. What can you do with the kids for the day? The offers Camp Caldwell “Mini Camps.” Each year, parents search for childcare, activities and events to fill the mishmash of days off from school. For $35 per day, the Caldwell Community Center can solve your babysitting woes or just get the kids out from in front of the television and away from the video games.

Available to members only, mini-camps meet the needs of working parents, or non-working parents, hoping to avoid the “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do” that so often comes with the odd day off. For children ages 4 to 12, activities include sports, crafts, swimming, library visits and more. Upcoming camp dates include Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 29, Teachers’ Convention on Nov. 10 and 11, and Holiday Break, Dec. 26 through 30. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so call now. For more information, or to register, call 973-228-POOL (7665).

An Interfaith Trip to the Holy Land

This year, as  marks its 50th year and  marks its 90th, they are celebrating— together! And, they are inviting you to join them as Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Father Anthony Randazzo, and Congregation Agudath Israel’s Education Director lead them on an Interfaith Israel Experience.

From Jan. 29 through Feb. 5, 2012, join in the adventure as they experience Israel, touring with one of the country’s top tour guide educators. Highlights will include the ancient city of Tzippori, Kibbutz Hanaton, and the mystical city of Tzefat, Nazareth, Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop, Mary’s Well, Cana, Ancient Capernaum Synagogue, Mount of Beatitudes, the Four quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City, Tomb of King David, Upper Room site of the Last Supper, Mount of Olives, Machaneh Yehuda, and so much more.

In addition, attendees will welcome the Sabbath along with hundreds of others at the Kotel (Western Wall); visit the Dead Sea, the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Kumran home of the mysterious ancient sect that authored the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Modi’in the site where the Hanukkah story took place.

For information or an application, call Vicki Hart at 973-535-2575, or e-mail vicki@israeltours.com. For details, itinerary and application, visit the website

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