Belief and Invention
Past and present, New Jersey has been home to remarkable feats of belief and invention. Join us as we explore two fascinating sites, one a monument to the spirit, the other a nod to technological achievement. We will begin our day with a visit to the BAPS Mandir, a stunning Hindu temple that combines ancient tradition with present-day religion. One of the largest Hindu houses of worship in the U.S., it was elaborately carved by master craftsmen in India and carefully assembled in Robbinsville, N.J., with assistance from nearly 3,000 volunteers. It opened just five years ago. Our visit will include a short video and a guided tour of the temple, after which we will have the opportunity to witness an Arti light ceremony. Please note that all temple visitors will be required to remove their shoes, and those of us who choose to attend the 15-minute Arti will either sit on the floor or stand to the side, men in one area and women in another. After our temple visit we will enjoy lunch at Malaga, a cozy Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant. Then we will continue on to the Roebling Museum where guides will lead us through the story of John A. Roebling’s Sons. This company was started by the man who conceived the Brooklyn Bridge, which has been called a wonder of the industrial world. Though John Roebling didn’t live to see it built, his sons carried on the project and expanded the company. Eventually they also created an “industrial village” adjacent to their factory. Our visit will conclude with a guided bus tour of the historical company village.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, guided tours, lunch, snacks and gratuities.
506 – $119
8:30 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 8:30 a.m.