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PHOTO: TSTI Campers Enjoy Music, Movement and Exploration

The following is from Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel

Summer camp at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) 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 Paster (right in photo). The camp includes music and movement led by Cantor Rebecca Moses (left), animal encounters, water fun and invention in the school’s STEAM room; through STEAM, the children engage in age-appropriate activities that combine scientific discovery with artistic expression. To provide a more enriching environment, Paster adds a theme to each year’s camp program; this year’s theme is “Let’s Explore the USA.” Campers are led through various “travels” across the country to learn about mountains, rivers, history, and regional and cultural festivals. The children also explore TSTI’s campground and multi-sensory outdoor classrooms that use natural elements to foster unstructured, creative play. For information about TSTI’s early childhood education programs, visit or call (973) 763-4600.

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