SALAAM SHRINERSOasis of Whippany—Desert of New Jersey
Salaam Shriners is a local chapter in New Jersey of Shriners International. We are a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. With 195 temples (chapters) in the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Panama, and South America our fraternity is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.
I would like to start by thanking you all for electing me to serve you as Potentate for the upcoming year. It is an honor and privilege I will not ever forget. In the weeks leading up to the installation, I had a great deal of time to consider many things about the year ahead. Of those thoughts, the concept of my legacy as Potentate kept circling back around in my head. The idea of a legacy can be both uplifting and terrifying. Will I be known as the Potentate who let everything fall apart? Or will I be remembered as helping bring Salaam into a new age of prosperity and activity? Will I even be remembered at all or will I end up as just another portrait on the wall for future generations to look at from time to time?
Salaam currently sits at a crossroads, a crossroads that I alone cannot choose the correct path. Only the nobility as a whole can make the right choice. Although I have an amazing group of nobles supporting me, we cannot bear the entire burden. Our units and clubs have suffered devastating losses in the last few years. So much that a few have recently shuttered and more are on the brink. One solution is quite obvious. Do what the nobility wants to do.
If you have an interest or a passion, let us start a club. Whether it be pool, bowling, shooting, fantasy sports, poker, beer, and cocktails. There are no limits to what can be made into a club. I urge each noble to find their passion. Find what you love to do and you may be surprised as to how many others share the interest or even a curiosity. Do not think you are limited to just what is currently offered. Each of our clubs and units started from nothing, with a group of like-minded nobles.
The nobility is the legacy I am searching for. Our names may not be remembered 100 years from now. Our photos may be faded. But knowing Salaam is still running successfully will be enough of a legacy each of us can be proud of. Thank you again and I am excited to work with every one of you to help build Salaam into the powerhouse I know it can become.
Illustrious Sir Joshua Katzenstein
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What Nobles are Saying
“A GREAT FIND FOR ME AND MY BUDDIES”
“Best Experience I have had to date! Becoming a vital part of the philanthropy is our goal!
“SO MUCH FUN & INSPIRATION”
“The little cars! I love the little cars! Motor Corps here I come!”
“I LOVE HELPING CHILDREN”
“Being a part of something bigger than me has changed my life. Transporting the kids renews my soul every time!”
“THE FRATERNITY I NEEDED”
“Blue lodge lets me express myself amongst my peers. The Shrine lets me express fun along with fellowship and philanthropy. It’s a win, win!”
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Salaam Chapter of Shriner Masons meets monthly from January to June and from September to December. The months of July and August are typically dark unless otherwise noted. All our meetings take place at the Oasis of Whippany, New Jersey.
Building Momentum in 2023 by the Chief Rabban 2023
We are entering 2023 with great hopes and expectations. Nobles, it is imperative that we rally around the new Potentate and Divan. Our new Potentate, Illustrious Sir Josh Katzenstein, has some very exciting events planned for us. With your participation and help, the...
A Day at the Range! What a Blast!
Salaam's Day at the Range was an absolute blast! Various members and friends of the Temple assembled at Gun For Hire Located in Woodland Park to enjoy a day of target shooting and camaraderie.It goes with the Potenates ethos of finding a group activity to enjoy and...
Message from the acting frist lady 2023!
Greetings all, It is my honor and privilege to serve Salaam Shrine Center as Acting First Lady this year. I hope we all have a great year as we are “Nuts About the Shrine” in 2023. Thank you to everyone who attended our Installation of Officers on January 8th,...
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