Religious School: April Newsletter

Dear Parents,

On Sunday, March 17
th our ballroom was filled with Fourth Grade families and their projects for the My Family Story Roots Project.  Our families produced amazing displays that reflected their unique family stories as part of the My Family Story Competition sponsored by the Beit Hatfutsoth Museum in Israel. The goal of the competition is to connect jewish students from all over the world  by making connections to each other and to jewish peoplehood.  Read more about it on their website (  Each of the 120 participating schools has the opportunity to choose two projects to be sent to the competition in Israel.  Out of those submissions, 30 projects are chosen to be part of the museum exhibit in June 2013.   We are so very pleased to announce our winners, which were chosen from a dazzling array of stellar projects:

Jessie Rievman and 

Abbey Wish are our top winners, with two honorable mentions from TSTI going to Jack Wish and Reston Kaufman.  Each student will receive a gift certificate to, so they continue to add to their family’s heirlooms.  Jessie and Abbey’s projects will soon be on their way to Israel.  Mazel Tov to our winners, and to all of our families who journeyed together though their rich heritage.




Click the link below to check out our FABULOUS 4th grade!

Mitzvah counter for April: 1,025….WOW!

  Total:    Our Goal by May: 2013

First Grader Sam Bodack asked all his friends to bring donations of non-perishable food in lieu of gifts to his birthday party.  Together with his family they brought the 8 bags of food to the Community Food Bank of NJ in Hillside.

Our Fourth-Seventh Graders observed Yom Hashoah by walking silently into the chapel and placing a rock next to a Yarzheit candle, as well as listening to stories of rescue during the Holocaust.

Our 7th Graders completed three projects which demonstrate their concern for others:

Built and decorated birdhouses which will be used to decorate our Preschool “Wonder Space”.

Made clay bowls and vases which will be distributed to seniors at Vose Village Apartments in South Orange.

Learned about several ways to help impoverished children around the world through research via “Free the Children”.



4/13 Elias Kaplan

4/13 Cameron Donald 

4/20 Tyler Platt
4/20 Benjamin Aronson
4/20 Colin Anan
4/27  Ilana Naphtali
4/27 Jenna Naphtali
4/27 Nathaniel Benson
4/2  3rd-6th Grade Classes
7th Grade Class
8th-12th Grade Classes
4/7  No Religious School
4/9  No Religious School
4/14 K-6 classes
4/16 3rd-6th Grade Classes
7th Grade Class
Final 8th-12th Grade Classes
4/21 No Religious School
4/23 No Religious School
4/28 K-6 classes
4/30 3rd-6th Grade Classes
Final 7th Grade Class
5/3 Senior Graduation
5/5 Last Day of K- 6 classes
5/17  Confirmation
Food Pantry

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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