Jonathan Eigen, a Sixth Grader at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel shows off the beautiful yad (pointer) which he will use for the first time at his Bar Mitzvah next year. He and his classmates each produced their own personalized keepsake yad under the guidance of the clergy and Religious School Director. Please visit www.tsti.org for more information on this and other activities occurring at the temple.
Wasn’t it just early September? The year has flown by, and when I look back, I see how much all of our students have grown, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. As I visit classrooms, I am in constant awe of the depth of discussions going on, even among our youngest students! You have raised thoughtful, generous and Jewishly literate young people. Thank you parents for partnering with us to ensure your children have strong and unique connections to Judaism. We are blessed to have a dedicated passionate teaching staff, and a cadre of teen Madrichim who infuse their spirit and energy into every aspect of school life. Together we are able to accomplish amazing things!
Even though our formal school year has come to a close, there are several very special events where our temple community will gather and I hope you will join us. First, please we will acknowledge the perseverance of our High School Seniors on Friday, May 3rd, when they will lead us in worship as they get ready to leave for adventures of college life. On the following Friday, May 10th, please honor all of our Preschool and Religious School teachers at the Teacher Appreciation Shabbat at 6 pm. Please help honor our Confirmation students, who will confirm their Jewish connection on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 pm. Last, but surely not least, on Friday, June 7th, at 7:30 pm, we will honor Rabbi Cohen, in celebration of his 20 years as our spiritual leader and teacher. All of our students have learned a few songs and will be invited up to the bima to sing together in honor of Rabbi Cohen. I hope you will join me at these events so that we can share those precious moments that bring us together as a community.
Mitzvah counter for May: Total Count For This Year: 1,035
5/3 Senior Graduation
OUR B’NAI MITZVAH
Please come together and celebrate with our Confirmation class
Please watch for an email with registration information.
Has your child misplaced his/her jacket, sweatshirt or favorite hat?
If so, please stop by the Lost & Found located in the
religious school office. We have accumulated lots of items!
We are asking families to bring one non perishable food item
New address, phone number or email? Please let us know.
Maya and Didi, two Israeli teens, are members of the Reform temple Kehillat Emet ve. Shalom, in Nahariya, Israel. Maya’s dad, Rich Mann, grew up at TSTI and has connections to our temple family. We were thrilled to make a connection and begin a friendship between our communities. Please visit their facebook page to see what they are up to: Emet.ve.Shalom@groups.facebook.com — Our Sixth Grade Students skyped with two Israeli teens!
Fourth Grade families participated in the “My Family Story” competition sponsored by Beit Hatfutsoth Museum in Israel, designed to help families explore their unique Jewish family histories. Shown are the four winners from the temple, from left to right: Jack and Abbey Wish, Jessie Rievman and Reston Kaufman, all of Short Hills. As representatives of the entire group, Abby and Jessie’s projects will be sent to Israel to enter in the final museum competition.
Second Graders Douglas Nadel, Simon Pearl and Zachary Kaufman, all of Short Hills, show off the mural made by all of the Second Grade families as part of their Family Program entitled “We Can Fix the World”. Families discussed how they can help repair the world, and then produced blankets for children as part of Project Linus and wrapped silverware for serving at the temple’s monthly Soup Kitchen.