Dear Parents,

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, over 350 students from the Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School and The Jewish Learning Center at Congregation Beth El came together for a mitzvah day.  Beth El was still out of power and we welcomed them to our school building for classes and shared communal efforts.   Together with Director Sherri Morris, I planned to have our schools join forces and contribute with our heart and hands to the hurricane relief effort.   We were able to undertake such an important project thanks to a very generous donation from IdealJacobs.   Our deepest thanks to their President, Andy Jacobs.  We were able to purchase supplies to undertake projects that would really have an impact.  This donation was followed by several other monetary donations, toiletry donations, and the willingness of many volunteers to shop and prepare for the day. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the day possible, it does take a village to put something like this in motion. Our students put their efforts into five different projects: Our youngest students decorated over 100 bags and made cards for children. They filled the bags with a journal, snacks and other goodies. They also bagged toiletries for over 100 recipients.  These items will be distributed via Jewish Federation and the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Our older students decorated over 200 bags and made cards for families who will visit the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges on Thanksgiving; they are a group that is in need on a daily basis and thus was even harder hit by the hurricane.  The students also produced beautiful, warm fleece scarves and blankets that are already on their way to South Jersey via a local organization called HK Community Fund. Our students were eager to be together after two weeks, and were thrilled to put their hands and hearts to good use. They welcomed our guests with open arms. Thank you parents for helping us to be an almost-full house, even when it may have been a challenge to get here!~ L’Shalom, Mindy ____________________________________________________________________________________________

   Mitzvah counter: 506 as of 11/13/12!

 This week:

 We had 247 students in school on

Sunday, November 11th who performed the

Mitzvah of Loving thy Neighbor:

Putting together treats for hurricane victims


Click photo below to watch a video of TSTI and  

Congregation Beth El students working together to do their part for those affected by the hurricane.
Directors Mindy Schreff & Sherri Morris with Mitzvah Day contributions.


TSTI will hold a Turkey Drive on behalf of the
InterFaith Food Pantry
of the Oranges on

SUNDAY, November 18, 

8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Volunteers will be stationed at the rear, Gellis Plaza entrance   to our building to collect your frozen, never thawed, turkeys. We will also collect non-perishable groceries (particularly requested are soup, canned vegetables, beans, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, tomato sauce, canned fruit, and canned protein meals).

We also are accepting this Sunday only winterwear for men, women and children (including hats, gloves, scarves and boots) as a follow-up to our recent drive; these items will be distrbuted to our IFP clients the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Please help us ensure that our IFP clients can join in the celebration of this most American of holidays. Turkeys and Thanksgiving groceries will be distributed to IFP clients on the day before Thanksgiving.

For more information,contact Lisa Goldberg Ozer:  ozerfam@verizon.net or 973 762 2887.




  SUNDAY, 12/16/12

9:00 – 11:30




11/3  Emily Bright
11/3  Adam Dubowy
11/3  Leah Barazani
11/10  Jillian McCauley
11/10  Shannon Dussman
11/10  Benjamin Rothstein
11/10  Benjamin Leit
11/17  Sophia Rothstein
11/17  Victor Rothstein
11/17  Grace Turvey
While your children are at school,
 enjoy these health and wellness activities:


Sundays October 28, November 4, 

November 18, December 2, 

December 9, December 16


Facilitator: Stacey Shames

$12 per session or $60 for all six sessions 

purchased in advance


All levels are welcome to learn the basics of Vinyasa style slow flow yoga.  The routine practice of Vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress. Come to Temple and stretch, relax, breathe and move. You will leave feeling rejuvenated. Participants are invited to bring personal mats and other props. We will provide mats as needed.

For more information and to RSVP contact Tracy Horwitz at


11/13  3rd-6th grade classes

7th grade class

8th-12th grade classes


11/18  K-6 classes


11/20  No Religious School

11/25  No Religious School


11/27 3rd-6th grade classes

7th grade class

8th-12th grade classes



We are asking families to
bring one non perishable food item
to be donated to the
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges located just a few miles away in Orange.



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