The seed for Arya Samaj in New Jersey was planted in January 1982 when Dr. Rajinder and Jyoti Gandhi invited the members of Arya Samaj of Suburban New York for havan at their home in Ridgewood. Impressed with the mission of Arya Samaj, journalist Linda Lynwander wrote an article in The Sunday Times of The Ridgewood News, dated February 14, 1982, titled “Hindu sect plants seeds in Ridgewood.”
Arya Samaj of New Jersey (initially called Arya Samaj of Bergen County) had its first public gathering on August 1, 1982 at the Unitarian Society located at 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. The organization was later renamed Arya Samaj of New Jersey (ASNJ), to welcome members residing in other counties.
Nearly four decades later, the Samaj continues to serve as a welcoming and compassionate extended family, offering weekly havan satsangs as well as children and youth classes. Annual cultural events are held to celebrate Hindu holidays and festivals. The credit for nurturing, sustaining and lifting this venerable and vibrant institution to greater heights, goes to the continuous, selfless and untiring efforts of all volunteers and generous donors.
Arya Samaj of New Jersey