TSTI campers enjoy music, movement and exploration

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Summer camp at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange has youngsters exploring new horizons and enjoying favorite activities throughout the day. The full-day community camp program, for children ages 2 to 5, is held at the Reform synagogue’s Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education under the supervision of Director Carol […]

TSTI educators attend Hidden Sparks workshop

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Early Childhood Education Director Carol Paster, far left, and Religious School Director Mindy Schreff, third from left, from Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange recently attended Hidden Sparks, a four-day course for educators held in Manhattan. The “Learning Lenses” courses were designed to help teachers learn how to observe, reflect, and […]

TSTI hosts summer ‘Fun-raiser’ for members

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange held its annual summer party for members last month. Attendees enjoyed potluck appetizers and desserts with a fun contest for the best dishes, and dancing to music provided by a DJ. Socializing and dining were under the summer sky on the stone patio as well […]

From TSTI pre-school to fifth-grade and beyond

From TSTI pre-school to fifth-grade and beyond

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange has proved to be fertile ground for more than innovative pre-school education — it has also fostered an enduring friendship between four young girls that continues to this day. Margot Rosenband, Zoe Cartaina, Samantha Sauer and […]

Interfaith Iftar tightens community bonds

Interfaith Iftar tightens community bonds

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the South Orange-Maplewood community gathered June 19 at The Woodland in Maplewood for an interfaith Iftar, which is the festive communal meal that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan. The event was co-sponsored by the SOMA Refugee Resettlement Project and U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood. From left are […]

Local women help create Jewish-Muslim ties

Local women help create Jewish-Muslim ties

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom gathered for its second Iftar celebration in a member’s South Orange home. Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset on Ramadan. The sisterhood works to connect Muslim and Jewish women, who have more in common than they do in […]

TSTI celebrates confirmands

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, the Reform synagogue in South Orange, celebrated this year’s confirmation class on Friday, June 2, with a student-led service that featured students’ reflections on the year’s study as well as their place among the Jewish people. The curriculum covered theology and the students’ personal concept of God, a […]

TSTI honors member volunteers

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange recently recognized three members at its annual congregational meeting in May. The 2017 TSTI Volunteer Service awards, given by board President Sue Wishnow of Short Hills, went to Joel Scharf of Monroe Township, Sheryl Harpel of Short Hills and Alan Levine of South Orange. “Each […]

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