January Religious School Newsletter

Dear Parents,
I am looking forward to sharing all that I experienced on our trip to Israel with our students.  The trip was full of joy and wonder at every turn and I hope to convey my excitement to our students through varied activities in the coming weeks.

One of the most inspirational experiences we had was a visit to the Yemin Orde Youth Village, located north of Tel Aviv on a beautiful mountain.  Yemin Orde is one of about 70 youth villages throughout Israel. Youth Villages began after the Holocaust when many children arrived in Israel as war refugees, alone and traumatized.   In the years since, the villages became homes to troubled children from all over the world; many of them children of immigrant parents lacking the resources to successfully raise their children.

The children who live at Yemin Orde have all suffered trauma in their young lives either from isolation and neglect to abandonment and extreme poverty.  At Yemin Orde, they find a home, a family and a future. The young adults who graduate Yemin Orde move on to become accomplished and productive citizens of Israel. Many of Israel’s top leaders were products of Yemin Orde or one of the other Israeli youth villages.

We were privileged to meet with wonderful staff member Rachel, whose family emigrated from Ethiopia via Operation Moses when she was about 7 years old.  Her personal and professional narrative was full of hope and commitment for the future of all of the students.   We were all very moved by  the work they are doing at Yemin Orde, and look forward to connecting our students to this amazing community.  Watch for more details.

L’Shalom,
Mindy

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1st Grade Olympics!

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Skyping at the Kotel with Mindy

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6TH GRADE FAMILIES PLEASE JOIN US!

Our 6th grade students will lead us in worship

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
AT 6:00 PM

Service followed by a pasta dinner
(gluten free pasta option available)

Cost For Dinner:
$15.00 per child
$18.00 per adult

Please send in your payment in advance and make checks payable to TSTI.

Please RSVP to dwolkoff@tstinj.org

We look forward to celebrating Shabbat
with song and prayer!

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January 5th

1st Grade Olympics

January 10th

6th Grade Service & Dinner

January 19th

No Religious School

January 20th

No 7th Grade

January 21st

3rd – 6th Grade In Session
No Hebrew High

January 26th

6th Grade
Mitzvot Of Metrowest
Whippany, NJ

January 28th

3rd – 6th Grade In Session
No Hebrew High

January 31st

4th Grade Awesome Oneg

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Our B’nai Mitzvah

1/4  Isabelle Surloff

1/11  Andrew Aronson

1/11  Max Goldstein

1/11  Wesley Gelman

1/18  Ethan Ostroff

1/18  Miles Ostroff

1/25  David Goetz

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ATTENTION 6TH GRADE FAMILIES!
6TH GRADE MITZVOT OF METROWEST
Mitzvah Project Expo
For Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students
And Their Parents
SUNDAY, 1/26/14
This event is in lieu of classes.
Attendance will be taken and we strongly
suggest you family attends this worthwhile event.This is an awesome opportunity to get great mitzvah project ideas.Click this link for more details:\
Mitzvot of Metrowest
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4TH GRADE AWESOME ONEG

Friday, January 31, 2014
7:30 pm

Service followed by Awesome Oneg

More details to follow.

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In our ongoing effort to improve communications and become more environmentally friendly, we are once again generating progress reports electronically.  Please expect to receive your child’s progress report via email at the end of January.

Please note the following:
Grades K-2 will receive one progress report.
Grades 3-6 will receive two progress reports.
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BRING ONEWe are asking families to bring one  non perishable food item
EACH TIME YOU COME TO THE TEMPLE
to be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry of  the Oranges
located just a few miles away in Orange.
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