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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Mazal Tov to Rabbi Ellie Miller


Mazal Tov to Rabbi Miller on becoming the next rabbi of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown, NJ. The congregational vote, which was taken over the weekend, unanimously confirmed her as the congregation’s new rabbi.

We congratulate Rabbi Miller and the members of B’nai Or!…

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TSTI at Cycle for Survival


Different teams, one goal. TSTI members David Leit, Howard Konicov and Roberta Probber are cycling together today to raise funds for the fight against rare cancers. #thisismybattlecry #memorialsloankettering #equinox #tikkunolam #tstiinaction…

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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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