SOMA Resettlement – A New Chance to Add Light to the World 

From the chairs of the Deuteronomy 10:19 Resettlement Project

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, Congregation Beth El, and Oheb Shalom Congregation are joining together to resettle a refugee family in our community. We are excited to announce that Church World Services has identified a Syrian family in need of our support and we are expecting a mid-January arrival. We need to quickly arrange housing and so much more before we can make this happen!

Thank you so much to all who have contributed so far! We have already raised an impressive $16K towards our goal. Please consider donating before the end of the year and sharing our fundraising page with your friends on social media. As an added incentive, we have a donor willing to match the next $1,500 raised to help us meet our end of year fundraising goals. Click here to donate on our gofundme page.

We are …

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TSTI in Israel December 2016- Join Us

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Our congregational trip to Israel next fall is in the planning stages. We already have some great interest and are hoping to get even more. Seeing Israel with your temple family is an amazing way to experience the Holy Land. Being able to share as one or more of our young people become Bar/Bat Mitzvah only makes the experience more powerful.

Once again Doron Harel will be our tour guide. But Doron is more than a tour guide. He is an educator, a passionate teacher and a dear friend. And, this year, my wife Raina- who headed Hillel’s Birthright program for three years- is planning the itinerary with Doron. That translates to a TSTI Israel Experience like no other.

If you have any interest in possibly joining us please let Sunny know in the temple office.

Here’s what the current draft itinerary looks like.

TSTI Trip to Israel December 21st2016- January 1st

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Ten Minutes of Torah – Celebrating Jewish Arts and Culture


So proud Debbie Halpern, author of this article, is a member of TSTI. 

I understand why Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last month. It is a beautiful, captivating and moving story. Set in World War II, possibly the most written-about period in history, it manages to cover original ground. The main characters are tragically drawn, rich, and full. Novels as well-written are few and far between and deserving of honors.

It is only upon reflection, and in context, that I find it part of a larger, disturbing trend of well-written, popular novels that cast the Nazi soldier as victim. Like the “must-read” contemporary World War II novel The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, Doerr’s novel paints a sympathetic portrait of the Nazi soldier – the “everyman” German as the victim of a larger evil force.

What made The Book

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 A TSTI Passover…


TSTI Rennasaince Group celebrates the second night of Passover at Giorgio’s in South Orange  …

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Two Calls to Make Before Shabbat Arrives 

Dear Friends,

As Shabbat approaches I wanted to reach out over social media and ask you to make two important calls- one to Senator Menendez and the other to Senator Booker. The former is simply a call of thanks. The latter is a call to action. 

Some background:

 A number of news outlets are reporting that a framework agreement with Iran may be signed as early as this weekend. All indications are that serious concessions are being made by the P5+1 to the Iranian regime. These include weakening demands for inspections, potentially lifting all sanctions immediately, and allowing Iran to continue to operate the Fordow nuclear facility. (This is an underground, heavily fortified facility at a previously undisclosed location.) It is imperative that Congress play its historically mandated role and participate in the political process in order to ensure that any deal signed is indeed the “good deal” spoken

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Welcoming Rabbi Allie Klein

Dear Friends,

It is with a great deal of  excitement that I am writing this email.

I am absolutely thrilled that, on July 1, Rabbi Alexandra (Allie) Klein will be joining the TSTI staff. Throughout the search process we were consistently impressed by the caliber of the students approaching rabbinic ordination. Rabbi Klein was, however, far and away the rabbi we hoped to engage and we are gratified that she has accepted our offer. 

A native of New Jersey, Rabbi Klein is a product of the Reform Movement and has extensive experience in Jewish Summer Camping, formal and informal education and much more. Her resume impressed the committee and the time we spent with her throughout the intensive interview process only served to solidify our first impressions. Our unanimous choice, Rabbi Klein immediately accepted our invitation. 

We welcome Rabbi Klein and her husband Adam Seidman to the TSTI community and …

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Alan M. Dershowitz In the WSJ- Worth Reading

The Appalling Talk of Boycotting Netanyahu
Congress has every right, and even an obligation, to hear the Israeli leader speak about the Iranian threat.
By Alan M. Dershowitz
Feb. 23, 2015 6:33 p.m. ET Read it at the WSJ

As a liberal Democrat who twice campaigned for President Barack Obama , I am appalled that some Democratic members of Congress are planning to boycott the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 to a joint session of Congress. At bottom, this controversy is not mainly about protocol and politics—it is about the constitutional system of checks and balances and the separation of powers.

Under the Constitution, the executive and legislative branches share responsibility for making and implementing important foreign-policy decisions. Congress has a critical role to play in scrutinizing the decisions of the president when these decisions involve national security, relationships with allies and the threat of …

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Carol Paster Gets Punny at Holiday Happenings


Carol, Mindy and Cantor Moses join with young families to celebrate Tu Bi’Shvat and make soup for the soup kitchen.
And yes, from inside her pot Carol removed this kitchen utensil from her pot while singing…

“I have a little ladle…” She’s punny like that.…

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TSTI Members In Action- Helping Women and Girls. Period.

Our community is involved in so many important projects and organizations. And, in keeping with who TSTI members are, much of the time things fly under the radar. Every now and then however the good works done by TSTI members gets seen by many. Thats the case here with this NYTimes article writeen by TSTI member Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and detailing the work of Emma and Quinn Joy… also TSTI members.



IMG_4374-0.PNGJennifer Weiss-Wolf JANUARY 28, 2015

A friend recently laughed about the time she was unloading the groceries and absent-mindedly put a box of tampons in the freezer, leading her pre-teen daughter to inquire whether they worked better when cold. We all have our stories – ranging from the funny to the mildly embarrassing to the mortifying – that revolve around menstrual mishaps and messes.

But for the more than 40 million women in this country living in …

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