Political Talk, Folk Music This Weekend (If It Doesn't Snow)
Board games, bike rides, a political talk, folk music and a theological lecture are just some of the events in town this weekend, pending another snowstorm.
Joy E. Langley, the assistant director of government affairs with the lobbying organization J Street, will be speaking about how the politics in Washington D.C. have changed with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael on Sunday at 10 a.m.
J Street is an organization that advocates for American Jews and also for Israel supporters that believe in a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine. Langley’s talk will focus on J Street’s political advocacy and how it has changed direction.
The talk is hosted by the Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael’s Men’s Club, but they have stated that both the Men’s Club and the Jewish Center are neutral with respect to Langley’s viewpoints on behalf of J Street and do not support any specific political position with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
They also are neutral with regard to the viewpoints of anyone attending during the Q&A that will follow. Recognizing that members of the synagogue hold different opinions, they hope for a respectful and educational discussion on Sunday.
Brunch will be served at the event, which will cost $5 for Men’s Club members and $10 for non-members. RSVP by e-mailing MensClub@MJCBY.org.
More events in Morristown this weekend (barring any snow closures. Best to check ahead):
Friday, Jan. 21
- Morristown High School varsity sports on Friday: Wrestling will travel to Clifton High School at 6 p.m. Girls and boys fencing will host Governor Livingston High School at 6 p.m. Boys basketball will travel to Mendham High School at 7 p.m. Girls basketball will host Mendham High School at 7 p.m.
- Friday night is game night at Zebu Forno from 7 to 10 p.m. Many different games will be played, whether it’s a classic board game or whether it came out last year. Zebu Forno is BYOB, for anyone putting that into consideration.
- Caleb Hawley returns to The Folk Project’s The Minstrel Concert Series at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship this Friday. Hawley performed in November 2010 as an opener for Small Potatoes, but this time Hawley will be the headliner and Elizabeth Rogers will get things started at 8 p.m. Hawley describes his music as, “It’s kind of like acoustic soul/folk, or ‘soulk,’ as I like to call it.” Admission is $7. Note: Like Morris Plains' Tiffany Rios, Hawley, of Wisconsin, also has been selected to compete in American Idol.
Saturday, Jan. 22
- From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wick House at Jockey Hollow, there will be a discussion and exhibition of how children played during the winter months in the 18th century, including toys.
- The Morristown High School boys varsity ice hockey team will face Sparta High School at Skylands Ice World at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 23
- The final installation of Bishop John Spong’s five-part discussion titled, "Christianity Before the Bible" will run from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
- On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Mended Hearts support group meets at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Memorial Hospital in the Wilf Conference Room on level C. The group will discuss topics of heart health from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and is open to everyone.
- “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a vintage holiday toy and ornament exhibit at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit ends at the end of the month, so this is one of the last weekends to check it out. The exhibit includes pieces by Thomas Nast.
- The Jerzy Derby Brigade is looking for skaters, volunteers, and referees. They invite anyone interested to stop by their practice from 3 to 5 p.m. at Inline Morristown.
- The Presbyterian Church in Morristown will install their new Head of Staff and Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. David Smazik, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dr. Smazik was ordained in 1982 and served as a senior co-pastor in Illinois for 17 years before coming to Morristown.