>TSTI Religious School DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

>Dear Parents,

I’m thrilled that the Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School will now be communicating with you through our new Constant Contact messaging. We hope that this will serve as an additional means to keep you tuned in to all of the exciting activities and learning happening each month.

Tuesday, December 15th during Hebrew High, all students will have the opportunity to hear from a representative from the Alexander Muss program in Israel, NFTY summer program in Israel and Kutz Camp. The presentations will be followed by a special Chanukah celebration.

We are going GREEN during the month of January in honor of Tu B’shvat. Every Jewish studies class will be participating in a special environmental lesson designed by our JNF (Jewish National Fund) Ambassadors Karen Lilienfeld and Lisa Imberman.

Religious School will be closed for the winter break December 22nd – January 3rd. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 5th. If you are looking for fun ways to help others during this holiday season, be sure to check out the list below of giving opportunities composed by parent volunteer Lisa Ozer.

See you at ChanukahMania!

Pia Kutten
Religious School Director

Religious School Calendar
DECEMBER 2009

Sun Dec 6
Religious School
6th Grade Mtg and Open House

Tues Dec 8
Religious School

Fri Dec 11
Chanukah begins at Sundown
Parent Volunteers Set Up for Chanukah Mania

Sun Dec 13
ChanukahMania!

Tues Dec 15
Religious School

Sun Dec 20
Religious School

Tues Dec 22
No Religious School

Sun Dec 27
No Religious School

Tues Dec 29
No Religious School

Quick Links
Religious School Website

TSTI Bar/Bat Mitzvah Interactive Learning Center

Inclement Weather Plan
Winter has arrived! In the event that Religious School is canceled due to inclement weather, you will receive a phone message from One Call Now advising you of the situation. School closings will also be posted on our website and on our voice mail in the Religious School office.

ChanukahMania!
Dec 13, 9-11:30am

This Sunday, December 13th is our annual ChanukahMania celebration that will include art, music, delicious Chanukah treats and an oil press demonstration presented by the Living Legacy. There will also be a Blood Drive so you can give someone else a great Chanukah gift! We look forward to seeing you there! ChanukahMania will run from 9:00-11:30 and is in lieu of regularly scheduled classes. Bring the whole family for a morning of fun!

Parents, there is no carpool pick-up after ChanukahMania. You can park in the temple lot to join your child for the festivities!

7th & 8th Grade
Mitzvah Project

December 1st was Mitzvah Night for our 7th and 8th graders. All students assembled craft bags and goody bags to distribute to bedridden children. The gifts provide all kinds of activities for children who are fighting serious illnesses. All items made were donated to St. Barnabas Child Life Center and Goryeb Children’s Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Chandler Simon, who raised almost $500 to train seeing eye dogs, shared his experience with our students as well. Chandler was accompanied by a representative of the organization and by a four-legged friend, too.

Chanukah Tikkun Olam
(here’s a great idea that comes to us from the Ozer Family!)

Eight nights of Chanukah too often equates with eight nights of presents. Why not set aside at least one night of Chanukah for your family to jointly do an act of kindness towards others? Here are ten family-friendly suggestions to get you started.

1. Donuts are a traditional Chanukah food in Israel. A donation to http://www.Pizzaidf.org will send donuts (or pizza) to Israeli soldiers.

2. Clean your bookshelves for a great cause. Gently used children’s books will be given to school children in Orange through the Children’s Book Pantry of Orange at the Y. Books can be left for 321 N. Wyoming Ave, Unit 2D, South Orange. For further information, email crlukoff@aol.com.

3. Clean your coat closets. Gently used coats can be donated to Jersey Cares Coat Drive for at-risk men, women, and children. Drop-off locations and other information can be found at http://jerseycares.org/AboutUs/index.php/CoatDrive2009.html. But hurry – this year’s drive ends December 15.

4. Color a picture for the homebound, ill, or elderly to brighten their day. http://www.colorasmile.org.

5. Bake cookies. Deliver them to your local police precinct, fire station or rescue squad to say thanks for all they do!

6. Grocery shop together. Donate non-perishable groceries to our neighbors in need. Groceries can be dropped off at: Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry at Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange; Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange; or the Community FoodBank of NJ, 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, NJ (www.njfoodbank.org).

7. Pet lover? Donate pet items to the South Orange-Maplewood pet shelter: Jersey Animal Coalition (www.jaconline.org), 298 Walton Ave, South Orange.

8. Computer savvy kids? Click away to provide free mammograms (www.thebreastcancersite.com), pet supplies (www.theanimalrescuesite.com), hunger relief (www.thehungersite.com), protect the rainforest (www.therainforestsite.com), free books (www.theliteracysite.com), and support child health (www.childhealthsite.com)

9. Play basketball together. Then donate $10 to Nothing but Nets, a campaign to stop the spread of malaria through the use of bed nets. http://www.urj.org/socialaction/issues/nets

10. Eat latkes! Play dreidle! Then pool your change at the end of the game and donate it to: Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger, 10495 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (www.mazon.org).

December
MENSCH of the Month

Zachary Burd, a 3rd grader at Temple Sharey Tefilo – Israel received the Mensch of the Month award for the kindness that he continuously shows towards his classmates. He has a highly inquisitive mind and loves learning. His favorite things are detective stories, Star Wars and any board games that involve strategy. He is an avid sports fan and especially loves baseball and the Yankees. He is very close to his little sister, Emma, a former TSTI pre-schooler, and is helping her learn to read.

Religious School @ Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel | 432 Scotland Road | South Orange | NJ | 07079

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