TSTI Weekly Email                            

Thursday, May 3, 2012   
11 Iyar 5772

In the last 45 years, how many life cycle events do you think Cantor Aronson has performed? Cantor’s VOICE has impacted so many of us and our families through the years…Now it is our time to honor him.  Let’s come together to salute Cantor’s 45 years of service and his transition to Cantor Emeritus with a Festive Musical Shabbat service on May 18 and a Simcha Celebration on June 9.  RSVP now for June 9th.  While you’re there, please be sure to add your own favorite memory or best wishes in our virtual Green Tribute Journal.  RSVP before May 7 to be part of Temple’s historic and celebratory June event.

Hebrew High Graduation
Come celebrate with our Hebrew High Graduates this Friday, May 4 at the 7:30pm Shabbat Service:  Congratulations to… 
Josh Kaplan                Anna Rappoport  
Hannah Lind                     Josh Ringel  
Jamie Mischel                Lindsay Shedlin  
Jake Okinow               Mollie Weisenfeld  
Maya Peers-Nitzberg      Jared Wishnow  
TSTI Film Series:  See “For My Father” this Sun., May 6 at 7pm.  Moderated by Dr. Eric Goldman.  RSVP to Tracy Horwitz.

Time Change:  Please note that the May 11 Shabbat Service will be at 7:30pm, together with Confirmation.

Judaism and Superstition: Join Rabbi Cohen on Mon., May 21 at 7pm as he walks us through interesting examples of where superstition and magic have been found in Jewish history.  For more info or to register, contact Tracy Horwitz

ROBOTS!  Who doesn’t like ROBOTS?!  Join us on Tues., May 22 at 7pm for a unique opportunity with Professor Amir Shapiro of Ben-Gurion University in Israel, an expert in robotics.  And he’s bringing some of his robots!  It promises to be a wonderful evening for kids and adults alike as we get to interact with the robots and learn about some of the many ways they have advanced the fields of industry, medicine and security. For more info, click hereA huge thank you to TSTI member Carla Boden for helping to bring this event to us.  Watch for further details. 

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Bring One:  Please bring one item – canned veggies, beans, pasta, peanut butter, soup – EACH TIME you come to Temple to help support our community and the Interfaith Food Pantry.


IFP Soup Kitchen & Coordinator Needed:  TSTI will organize a hot meal for the IFP soup kitchen on the first Saturday of each month.  There are many ways to be involved: provide food, provide paper goods, serve food, clean up – do it all or choose just one.  We welcome all participation.  If you have questions or are interested in participating or coordinating, please email Robin Greenberg to be placed on her email distribution list.


Transportation is available for congregants who need a ride to services and temple events.  Contact Alice Forman at (973)736-3467 if you need a ride or if you can offer a ride to others.


Visit our website at for information about our upcoming events
Travel to Israel with Cantor Aronson: He invites you to share his love of Israel by traveling with him Dec. 19-31, 2012.  Please call the Temple office for more info. 


Parasha Acharei Mot/Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:1-18:30/19:1 – 20:27

After the deaths of Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, God warns against unauthorized entry into the innermost chamber of the holy sanctuary.  Only the Kohen Gadol, the high priest, may enter once a year on Yom Kippur.  Also on Yom Kippur, lots shall be cast over two goats to determine which one shall be offered to God and which one shall be dispatched to carry the sins of the people into the wilderness.  The parasha details the rules for eating meat and spilling the blood of animals.  The final section sets forth the laws governing sexual relationships. 

This parasha begins with God instructing Moses to speak to the entire community of Israel, saying “You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.”  This is the beginning of what is known as the Holiness Code in which dozens of divine commandments are set forth for the people to follow.  These include the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, the keeping of Shabbat, sexual morality, honesty in business, respect for one’s parents and the sanctity of life.  This parasha includes what in modern times is called the Golden Rule – “Love your fellow as yourself.” (Lev. 19:18) 



Fri., May 4   Shabbat Service, 7:30pm

Sat., May 5      

Torah Study, 8:15am

Minyan Service, 9:15am


Shabbat Service Celebrating the B’not Mitzvah of Jamie Betheil and Emma Katz   


 Shabbat Service Celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Allison Goldberg  



Wed., May 9     
Jewish Meditation, 11am  




Mazel Tov to…

The Betheil, Goldberg and Katz families on the B’not Mitzvah of their daughters

Condolences to… 

Bob Pfeiffer on the death of his wife, Barbara Pfeiffer

Toby Staenberg on the death of her aunt,
Sylvia Rothstein

Ruth Tenner on the death of her brother, Sidney Rachlin  

Share your family’s news with our Clergy and with members of Caring Community.  Please let us know of your family’s life cycle events or if you or someone you know is ill or in need of assistance from Temple.


WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, BUT PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT THE CLERGY HAS HEARD THE NEWS!  Contact Sunny Seglin at 973-763-4116 or click on:
Sunny Seglin, Cindy Sonnabend
or  Ellen Blake

Do you have a new address, phone number, email? Let us know so we can stay in touch.
Sending Tribute Cards lets someone know that you are thinking about them.

It‘s a beautiful way to acknowledge life cycle events, in celebration or in sympathy.  Please support the variety of TSTI funds.  Visit the Tributes web page, email or call 973-763-4116.

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