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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Welcomes All to Meditation, Family Picnic & Gallery Exhibit in September

From Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange, NJ:

TSTI’s adult b’nei mitzvah class and clergy in June 2019

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, located at 432 Scotland Road in South Orange, will host the following programs, which are free and open to all.

  • Tues., Sept. 3 & 17 – Learn how to practice different types of meditation, focusing on the breath, loving-kindness and awareness in a Jewish context during Opening the Heart and Mind at 9:00 a.m., facilitated by Beth Sandweiss. Each class consists of two 20-minute sits, framed through the Torah portion of the week or a lifecycle event on the Jewish calendar. Future sessions are scheduled for October 15 & 29, November 5 &19 and December 3 & 17.
  • Fri., Sept. 13 – Area families with children in preschool through second grade are welcome to attend an early fall picnic in the TSTI campground. Bring a favorite picnic dinner (no pork, shellfish or nuts), and TSTI will provide a tasty dessert with gluten-free/dairy-free options available.

Afterwards, join the community for a “Come As You Are” Shabbat service at 6:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors. Please RSVP to Samantha Fantacone at [email protected], indicate the names of all who are attending, ages/grades of the children and if you require dairy/gluten-free options.

  • Sun., Sept. 15 – Come see and be excited by the natural world at the Nature Photography Exhibit, featuring works by TSTI members and members of the Livingston Camera Club and Camera Naturist Photo Club. The opening event, in the synagogue’s new art gallery space, will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and will feature a collection of nature images including landscapes, plants and animals, assembled to inspire appreciation of the inherent beauty of nature, and unique and thought-provoking compositions. RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend the opening.

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel is a dynamic, inclusive Reform congregation that offers numerous ways for members to connect with and celebrate being part of the Jewish community and the world. Welcoming Jews by birth or by choice, interfaith, traditional and non-traditional families, and children of all abilities, TSTI provides lifelong learning and enriching programs for all members through a full complement of religious services, early childhood and religious school education, cultural programs, and activities that foster connection, engagement and community outreach in a joyful, judgment-free environment. TSTI draws members from Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston and surrounding areas. For more information, visit

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