Most Anticipated Events in New Jersey

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Every year, people from all over the U.S. and the world would fly all the way to the Garden State aka New Jersey to experience some of its iconic events and celebrations. If you are planning to go to New Jersey, don’t just focus on the casinos and Atlantic City or maybe Six Flags.

There is so much to offer, the key is, to visit at the right time. Now, here are the best events in the state you should experience at least once or twice in your life.

Weiner Dog Derbies – All year round

Have you ever been to the Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment at East Rutherford, New Jersey? Are you familiar with the exciting Weiner Dog Derby? It is a racing event for all kinds of dogs, not just greyhounds, to race it out.

Dog owners from different cities gather in the racetrack to witness a bunch of cute dogs race it out. Betting is also big in this race and that is a big factor why it is one of the most anticipated events in New Jersey.

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Dog betting is getting bigger and bigger in New Jersey. It is a big gambling state because of Atlantic City. Dog racing and betting are legal under New Jersey law and it is not just for greyhounds.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival – Early April

Atlantic City is not just a gambling haven. Every year, thousands of people all over the country come to the state for the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. The event gathers more than 90 breweries from different parts of the U.S. for the Celebration of the Suds. That’s the event’s other name by the way.

These are not your ordinary beers from the liquor store, these are crafted and refined alcoholic gems perfected by craftsmen. It’s not just about drinking beer but also the introduction of the art of brewing.

Brewery experts also come in to do seminars on the finesse of their art. What will make that better? Music.

Festival of the Sea – Mid September

When you’re talking about seafood destinations in the U.S., you’re thinking South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, California and Louisiana. Pretty sure, New Jersey doesn’t even make it in that list of your seafood travel targets. Well, it should be included next time.

The Festival of the Sea has been around for more than 30 years now. People gather at the Point Pleasant Beach for the best seafood cuisine adventure. We’re talking lobster, crab, crab cakes, shrimp, even some sushi and so much more.

Another thing to expect, actually thousands of things to expect are handcrafted accessories, clothing and other items to pick and choose from.

Lambertville Shad Festival – Late April

First, it was dog racing, then beer and then seafood, now it’s art. The Lambertville Shad Festival started out as a local event for families to eat good food, catch some performances and marvel at the best art collection local artists have to offer.

The festival is now recognized all over the U.S. and people would travel just to see it firsthand. The festival now features hundreds of artisans not only in Jersey. The festival is organized by the region’s art community.

There are more events to look forward to so best to do your research today. Enjoy New Jersey to its fullest.

Gambling and the Youth of New Jersey

According to the law, people under the age of 21 are not allowed to gamble in New Jersey and other states in the U.S. The Garden State, being a gambling and tourism powerhouse is strict when it comes to observing this law.

Underaged gambling is considered a disorderly person’s offense and is the lowest level offense state-wide. Anyone caught in the act gambling may face a fine up to $1,000 or six months in jail. Offenders may also have their drivers’ license suspended for six months.

A particular concern of the Jews is the rising number of dog racetracks in New Jersey. Jews, who are not that familiar with the Talmud’s law comprehension are not aware that gambling is considered bad or evil in Judaism.

The threat of Online Betting and Gambling

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Online gambling is taking over the gambling industry in New Jersey. People are able to enjoy all casino games and bets at the comfort of their own home. One, in particular, is dog racetrack betting.

There are websites operating as betting platforms for dog track racing or greyhound racing.

This may sound all good but there have been reports of underaged groups engaging in these online platforms. There is now a movement to further the National Safety Exchange campaign to promote responsible gaming and security.

This campaign is to stop problematic and underaged gambling in different states. It is also a move to stop an even bigger issue of gambling addiction that takes its toll on people of all ages, not just adults and seniors but among the youth as well.

Another problem the National Safety Exchange will tackle is illegal gambling facilities and activities online. There has been a spike in illegal activities of online casino and betting operators.

Future of underage gambling

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No future for underaged gambling, that is the future. The government of New Jersey is working with private and public entities in stopping underage gambling that is also highly connected to underage drinking and drug addiction.

The education sector in the state is also looking for a great momentum hoping for more learning facilities to be established in a state dominated by casinos.

Celebrating the Jewish Community in the Garden State

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In 2018, there were more than 530,000 Jewish people in the state of New Jersey. That number is expected to increase. The Garden State and many of the people living here are honoring the Jewish Community for their contribution in several sectors.

There are a number of Jewish organizations and groups in New Jersey and they are coming up with more ways to celebrate not only their religion but their people and others as well.

Most events are considered educational and conversive with people talking about the laws, theology, culture and lives of the Jewish people.

Dinner, Laws and History

Several Jewish organizations in New Jersey are holding private dinners to talk about the history of the Jews and Judaism in the country. People come and present their own stories of struggle and triumph.

Others talk about the lives of the people from the past and how they faced and conquered discrimination and racism.

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One good example is an event the Jewish Federation wherein a rotating exhibit showcasing old and iconic dinnerware from different families today and in the past. This idea is also done in literature as more and more authors are producing novels and articles narrating the different aspects of the lives of the Jewish Community.

These events are also opportunities for people to discuss ancient laws that have been passed down from one generation to another. In New Jersey, some of these dinners invite Rabbis to talk about Judaism’s take on gambling and dog betting.

Nowadays, not all Jewish people are not fully familiar with their laws, therefore they don’t observe it. For example, dog betting or any kind of gambling is not only frowned upon but is actually considered an immoral act in Judaism.

Jewish Games for all kids

There are a lot of traditional Jewish games and they’re not solely for Jewish kids alone, but for everyone. Kids of all religions are sure to have fun playing The Dreidel Game. Imagine them spinning the dreidel and conversing with each other.

This is also a learning opportunity to tell kids about the rich history of the Jews. Let’s take the Dreidel Game for example. This game is commonly played during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil in ancient times. The story behind it talks about oil that was supposed to last only a couple of hours but lasted for eight days straight.

Important reminder, since it’s New Jersey, gambling as a celebration for Jews is not only frowned upon but their own religious text does not agree with gambling.

Judaism, Gambling and Dog Betting in New Jersey

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Some Jewish people gamble, while others don’t. Many people are asking if gambling is allowed in Judaism and what is the religion’s view on it. To fully explore this topic, let’s go to the State of New Jersey that shelters more than half a million Jewish people and is one of the biggest gambling destinations in the globe.

Is gambling permitted in Judaism?

According to the Talmud, a compendium of Jewish religious law and theology, people who win in gambling are actually losers, not monetary but morally of course. The text is not in favor of gambling and considers it addictive and risky.

Many Rabbis are against gambling and consider it nothing but a pointless and useless endeavor wherein people waste their money. The money they can use on other positive things like charity or education.

In ancient times, the Jewish community believed man-made disasters and public calamities are the repercussions they have to face as a punishment for gambling.

However, despite this ancient text being honored today, many Jews still gamble sometimes while others, most of the time.

Dog Racing and Betting is Animal Cruelty

According to Jewish scriptures, dogs are not to be trusted and are hot-headed. But they condemn dog track racing and betting just like other religions. They might not find dogs that lovable but there are Jewish organizations campaigning to put a stop to dog or greyhound racing.

To many Jewish people, this activity is animal cruelty and betting on it is not acceptable. In New Jersey, dog racing is legal but Jews don’t participate.

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There are more than 500,000 Jewish people in New Jersey and there have been reports of some of these people being addicted to either gambling or betting.

Despite the negative take on gambling from their own religious scripture, gambling and betting are still rampant among Jews. Not only in New Jersey but in other states as well.

There are Jews in Atlantic City at the casinos, there are Jews at horseracing events and there are even Jews at dog racetracks. Believe it or not, dog race betting is gaining quite the popularity in New Jersey these days.

The unfortunate truth

No matter how divine, ancient and old their scripture is that disapproves, people will continue gambling and betting because they get to experience the thrill of it all, but for some, these are nothing but false pretenses.

There are no immediate or planned actions to prohibit gambling among Jews in New Jersey and if there was, will it even push through? New Jersey is a gambling powerhouse not only in the U.S. but throughout the world.

Growth of Online Gambling

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Jewish Books: Laws and Lives

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Books inspired by the laws and lives of the Jewish people are truly something. Are you familiar with Philip Roth? A Jewish Pulitzer Prize recipient from New Jersey? He wrote the struggles and misadventures of the Jews in the past.

Speaking of New Jersey, many of the novels written about Jews originated from this state. If you are interested in learning more about the Jews, here are some great reads for you.

Talmud

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Talmud is Judaism’s religious text containing the religion’s laws and theological teachings. It is a comprehensive text that dates back toancient times. The scripture has been written in different versions and titles, but the content did not change.

One section in the Talmud we recommend your read right now is their take on gambling and betting. There are no written rules that Jews are not allowed to gamble but Judaism is not a big fan of the activity.

Any form of gambling and betting is considered risky and evil. For example, betting on dog racetracks. Despite their scripture describing dogs as ill-tempered and that they can’t be trusted, Judaism is not in favor of dog or greyhound racetracks.

According to some Jews, dog or greyhound racing is animal cruelty and to add the element of betting is beyond evil. Some Jewish organizations are encouraging people to shun dog racing and betting completely.

They argue their position suggesting that greyhounds, (main participants in dog racing) are docile and that they are actually forced to race.

The Jews of New Jersey: A Pictorial History – Patricia Ard

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This book by Patricia Ard paid tribute to the Jewish community who has been calling New Jersey home since the seventeenth century. The book is a collection of stories of Jewish people who witnessed the transformation of the Jews in the state for many years.

The book sheds light to insightful and touching stories of factory workers, farmers, activists, Holocaust survivors, children and more throughout history. The book narrates the joy, the struggle and the pain of being a Jew in the Garden State.

This book was published on November 15, 2001, and it was followed by a number of novels and other reading materials years after to continue telling the story of the Jews.

Goodbye, Columbus – Philip Roth

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Philip Roth as mentioned above is a renowned author back in the 1990s and his work resulted in a Pulitzer Prize back in 1997 for “Operation Shylock,” “The Human Stain” and “Everyman.”

“Goodbye, Columbus” is actually a compilation of five short stories that talks about middle-class Jewish-Americans. The five stories are “The Conversion of the Jews,” “Defender of the Faith,” “Epstein,” “You can’t tell a man by the song he sings,” and “Eli, the Fanatic.”

Each story talks about the struggle of the Jewish community as they tried to co-exist with other races and communities.

The book received both good reviews, bad reviews and even controversies. Some critics were not happy how the book satirized Jews’ materialism and complacency. However, the book touched other themes such as drama too.

There are dozens of books telling not just stories but milestones and culture transformation about the Jewish community. There are also books narrating the lives of Jewish people today and how they embraced modern technology and the status of politics.