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Marianne M. Kriman Retired literature chemist and a member of the Temple's Holocaust Remembrance Committee passed away Sunday July 14, 2018. Marianne fled Nazi Germany as a child Marianne Moser Kriman, 93, of Westfield, N.J., passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 14, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, July 19, at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, N.J. Interment will follow at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, N.J. Marianne was born on March 19, 1925, in what was then Breslau, Germany. She was eight when the Nazis seized power, and 13 when she and her immediate family were finally able to escape. As a refugee, she lived in Czechoslovakia, England, and Bolivia before settling in Argentina. There, she was at last able to resume her education, attending adult night school to earn an elementary-school equivalency. She eventually earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. In 1963, with husband and son, Marianne reunited with the rest of her family in the U.S., settling in Westfield. She spent the rest of her working career as a literature chemist at Allied Chemical in Morristown, N.J. Marianne had a lifelong love of music. She sang for many years at Temple Sholom and other congregations, and with the Choral Art Society of New Jersey. She was a member and a former treasurer of the Musical Club of Westfield. Marianne was predeceased by her husband, Oscar. She is survived by her son, Alfred, and her brothers, Charlie and Robert, and their families. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Sholom, 1925 Lake Ave., Scotch Plains, N.J. 07076, or to the Musical Club of Westfield's Scholarship Fund (c/o Drude S. Crane, 806 Saint Marks Ave., Westfield, N.J. 07090).

On Monday July 9, 2018, Bill Nadel, Jonathan Kaplan, Bruce Harris and myself attended a Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ seminar on Synagogue and Community Security.  In attendance were Chief of Union County Policy as well officers from Homeland Security and Scotch Plains. We should be very encouraged that they have their act together by collecting and investigating all of the intelligence that they can get their hands on to make sure we are safe from any type of terrorist act. Given the nature of the potential threats that exist your Temple leadership will continue to work with local authorities to keep us safe. We are committed to looking into any additional measures that we can take to make sure our building is as safe as it can be on High Holidays and Religious school Sundays. We will keep you advised as we go through this process            

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