A Message from Alon, our Rishon

Hi Everyone,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was required to return to Israel. I am hopeful that I will  be able to come back to NJ soon! Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel has become my second home for the last six months and I am so thankful for everything we have learned and experienced together. I already miss everyone I met and experiences we shared. You are all part  of my heart, so for now I’ll say “l’hitraot” (see you soon) and not goodbye. Please stay in touch and stay healthy!
Rishonim 17 

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Alon was part of a program, Rishonim, that brought talented young adults who are embarking on a gap year between high school graduation and their mandatory IDF or national service to our area. They volunteer throughout our community in schools. Alon was our Rishon this year. He participated in the preschool, the religious school, and programs with our teens. Because of COVID-19, Alon was sent back home without the opportunity to say goodbye. Watch Alon’s message from Israel.

TSTI Cares

While we practice social distancing during this challenging moment, 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!


Weekly Melton School: Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm

Explore the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life. Join an interesting discussion with Rabbi Cohen and the community. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/960286608

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Virtual Coffee

9:30 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Get ready to take on the day with your TSTI community and clergy. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, log on to Zoom and let’s chat, share tips, commiserate, and be together. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/909365128

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Parents of High School Students Check In
Wednesday, March 26, 7:00pm

Check-in with parents who are sharing your experience. Check-in with each other and provide support while sharing strategies to help our teens and yourselves through the isolation and changes in the world today.
Adam and Tracy look forward to spending time talking about these important issues.
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/809186298

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TSTI Lilah Tov
Monday-Thursday at 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

TSTI Boker Tov Music
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:00am

Enjoy a morning of music and movement with our Song Leader Shawn Fogel. Sing along with each other to start our day with joy. Geared toward preschool, but open to all ages. Fridays will feature special Shabbat songs and blessings. Go to: https://zoom.us/j/588455664

College Student Check In
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm

It would be great to get to “see” TSTI’s college students. Come together to check in about how you are doing during our new “normal.” Find ways to reconnect with each other. And for those interested, learn about opportunities for you to help TSTI create different activities for young children through young adults. Try to wear a college shirt or sweatshirt! Go to: https://zoom.us/j/216915227



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One of TSTI preschool’s pets, Paul the hamster,
enjoying his shelter in place time at Lauri Rothstein’s home.
(Lauri teaches in the preschool’s 4’s classroom teacher)