Tuesday March 31, 2020


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As we begin week three of this (temporary) new reality called “physical distancing” it’s more important than ever to feel as connected as possible. Recognizing the challenges physical distancing presents we wanted to invite you to be part of a TSTI experiment.

We have recorded two versions of a familiar melody for Hiney Mah Tov. Our students sing this version in religious school and it frequently makes an appearance during Friday night services.

The next part requires your help.

Step 1: Click here to download this version of the words and music. Listen to it as many times as necessary for you to become familiar with it.

Step 2: Click here to download this version with no words, just like karaoke. Practice singing along with it. When you are ready, ask someone to take video of you singing along with the instrumental track. (Please position the phone in landscape when recording video.) Of course you can do it alone or, if there are others with you, you can sing together.

Step 3: Send Rabbi Cohen the video no later than Wednesday at 6pm.

Step 4: Wait for the pre-shabbat edition of TSTI Today. Of course, Hiney Mah Tov means “How good it is to be together.” We may be physically separated but, with your help, by the time Shabbat arrives our voices will be joined as one.

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One of our congregants works in a hospital setting and they are collecting donations of safety goggles for their healthcare workers. If you have any safety goggles (see photo below) that can be donated, it would be appreciated. Please e-mail Alan Levine at alevine.mustang@gmail.com with your address and he will pick them up tomorrow.

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NEW Building a Business and Publishing Content on the Internet
Tuesday, March 31 4pm

Join a video roundtable in which Paul Strauss (Website Creator and Professional Blogger, also a friend of Rabbi Cohen) as he talks briefly about his three websites and how he got started. Then participate in an open discussion about building a business and publishing content on the internet, and other questions you have. This class is for teens who are either looking for something to keep themselves occupied now and want to build their own websites, but also to help lay the groundwork for their professional lives after school. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/747012118

NEW Yoga for College Students
Tuesday, March 31 8pm
(High School Students may join if 4pm Thursdays do not work)

Instructor: Laura Deangelis, OSU Graduate, Dance Instructor
Virtual meditative movement practice to keep everyone active. Simple movements friendly for every alternative space and body.
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/873258605

NEW High School and College Students Mindfulness
Wednesdays 8pm
Instructor: Bela Barbosa

An evening of mindful activities, conversation, and connection with self and others!
“Do not lose yourself in the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. Do not get caught in your anger, worries, or fears. Come back to the present moment, and touch life deeply. This is Mindfulness!” – Tcich Nhat Hanh
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/593036130

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We are so excited to Virtually get our Hebrew High Teens together once again via zoom! We can’t wait to catch up, check in, laugh and learn together! This week – stay tuned for a special message/hot topic from Rabbi Cohen!

9th grade (6:30pm) – https://zoom.us/j/636627096

10th grade (7pm) – https://zoom.us/j/875257120

11th grade (7:30pm) – https://zoom.us/j/785100817

12th grade (8pm) – https://zoom.us/j/970155388

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Weekly Meditation
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM

Come learn how to practice different types of meditation, focusing on the breath, loving-kindness, and awareness, in a Jewish context. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/348969802 – this is a new link!

NEW Support Group for Those on the Front Line
Facilitators: Dr. Neal Litinger and Rabbi Cohen
Tuesday, March 31 7:30pm

TSTI is here for those that are doing the unbelievable task of caring for those infected with the virus. To those of you who can take a few minutes to find support from each other, join together in a forum to discuss your thoughts and feelings with those that understand what you are experiencing.
To join this discussion go to: https://zoom.us/j/346403059

The Short Stories and The Jewish Text class scheduled for Wednesday

will be postponed until Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm.​​​​​​​


NEW Support Group for Parents of Children with Additional Needs
Blair Biersbach, LCSW
Wednesday,April 1 8:30pm
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest

Having your child home each day can be very stressful particularly if they have additional needs.Take a moment from your hectic day to share the support of parents who may be facing a similar challenge. Let’s chat and strategize as we come together as a group. To join this discussion go to: https://zoom.us/j/830168643

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We begin our day with a few words from our clergy, and a Song Session with Shawn at 4pm. We are getting your children ready to rock the FOUR QUESTIONS at your virtual seders! There might even be a little competition!
Join Song Session at 4 pm here: https://zoom.us/j/608428809

Third-Sixth Grade Classes to follow- please check your email for your ZOOM invites!

Tomorrow is T-SHIRT TUESDAY! Please have your child wear a funny or favorite T shirt!

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TSTI Lilah Tov
6:00 PM

Hey kids and parents! Please join us as we wind down from the day with a story and a bedtime song.
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/705543556

Registration for Preschool Summer Camp and Preschool 2020-2021 are open. We have extended the $50 Early Bird Discount for Summer Camp to April 15th. Please use the links below to register. Feel free to reach out to Andrea Dean with any questions!

4’s Only Mini Camp Registration Form
Summer Steam Camp Information Sheet
Summer Steam Camp Registration Form ($50 Early Bird Discount EXTENDED)

Preschool 2020-2021 Registration is open, please log into your ShulCloud account to register.

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While we practice social distancing during these challenging times, we also need social solidarity more than ever. One thing that can help lift us out of this difficult time is to turn our attention towards strengthening our community connections and serving others. Do you have some time each week to make a few phone calls to check-in with members of our TSTI community who might be struggling during this time? If so, fill out this form to volunteer!
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We’re excited to bring you Young Family appropriate content all housed in one convenient place! Use this link to take you to the Young Family google drive, where you can watch teachers read-aloud favorite books, find mindfulness and meditation videos, get ideas for projects, and so much more. We’ll be gradually rolling out resources to you, so keep checking the drive for new content that will be added regularly.

Download Young Family content here.