Religious School:March Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Purim is almost here and you know what that means! We are getting ready to cheer Esther, boo Haman and eat some Hamantaschen!  The senior staff have been busy preparing for the Purim Schpiel…..can’t give away any secrets but I can tell you a “cool” time will be had by all!  We hope you will come and cheer us on….and then join us for fun and games at our Amazing Purim Extravaganza.  Fun for kids of all ages….all of the proceeds support our Sr. Youth Group, who run all of our awesome games!

Please plan to join us on Sunday, March 16th from 9-11:30 to celebrate Purim!


It is not all masks and games for Purim here at TSTI… we always think of those less fortunate than we.  OurSeventh Graders have been examining the commandment to honor the elderly: Kibud Zekaynim.  Our Seventh Graders are going to have the honor of meeting with some of our “Vital Seniors” as part of this unit of study. Following our conversations with our conversations, we will be making comfort pillows to deliver to seniors at the Village Apartments in South Orange, a community of jewish seniors.   Our Second Graders have also studied this important commandment, and are making goodie bags to be sent along with the pillows.  Both of those groups learned a lot about some of the physical challenges people face as they age, and have become much more sensitive to the needs of our elders. They have also learned that seniors can and do lead active and engaging lives, learning, volunteering and continuing their involvement in our temple and surrounding communities.  We are thrilled that they will share their thoughts with our young people, they are great role models to us all.  


Morah Mindy 
Nathan Perlman and Banannagrams
4th grade student 
Nathan Perlman learns Hebrew by playing Bananagrams.
6th Grade students study Hebrew in Mansion
Three of our 6th grade
students study Hebrew on the steps of our
beautiful mansion.
Please Note
March 7th
5th Grade Awesome Oneg
March 9th

6th Grade Parent Meeting

March 16th
Purim Extravaganza
(in lieu of classes)
March 18th
6th Grade Yad Workshop
(in class)
March 30th
4th Grade Family Ed


star and dove

Please join us for a beautiful ceremony as you and your child are called up to the bima for your child to receive their prayerbooks and Torah portions.
9:00 am – 11:30 am
in the Ballroom 
Coffee & bagels will be served
Our clergy have created a special morning of blessings and learning for our 6th grade students and parents.  At this important meeting, students will receive their B’nai Mitzvah materials and Torah portions.  This beautiful morning promised to be a wonderful beginning to the B’nai Mitzvah journey.
We look forward to sharing this meaningful and important morning with your family.
Please RSVP to Debi Wolkoff
Bar and Bat Mitzvah sculpture2
Our B’nai Mitzvah
3/1 Ethan Gross
3/1 Lauren Rosenberg
3/8 Spencer Berkowitz
3/15 Andre Weinberger
3/15 Carly Orent
3/22 Lewis Busch-Vogel
3/29 Katya Silverman-Stoloff
3/29 Jenna Essner
5th Grade Families

Please join us 
for our
5th Grade 
Awesome Oneg

Friday, March 7th
7:30 pm service

Please RSVP to

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
PURIM EXTRAVAGANZA 10:00am-11:30am 
(This is in lieu of religious school)
Fee for Purim Extravaganza is $5.00
Proceeds go to support Youth Programming at TSTI
Please bring a box of pasta to use as your grogger, then afterwards,
please drop it in the bin outside of the religious school office.  
We’ll donate the pasta to the 
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges.
4th Grade 
Family Ed Program
Family History
4th Grade Parents:
Please join your children for My Family StorySunday, 3/30/14
9:00 am-11:30 am

Bring your family project for our display.
Please RSVP to:
Food donation photo
Bring One

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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