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Oct. 27: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel to Host Dinner and Talk by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, N.J. 07079

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Oct. 27: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel to Host Dinner and Talk by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Public is Invited to Service, Community Dinner and Rabbi’s Talk about Jewish Responses to the Challenges that Vulnerable Communities are Facing Today

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., October 11, 2017 – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange invites the public to a Shabbat Scholar and Supper program featuring guest speaker, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, a leader in Judaism’s Reform movement, on Friday, October 27, 2017. The service, open to all, will be at 6:00 p.m., followed by a community dinner at 7:00 p.m. with Pesner, whose topic is “Prophetic Power & Politics: How Reform Jews Can Bring Healing & Justice to Our World.Advance registration for the dinner is required; the cost is $25 for TSTI members, $36 for non-members who are registered by Friday, October 20; post-deadline pricing is $36 for TSTI members, $45 non-members. Registration and information are online at

Pesner is the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. He leads RAC’s advocacy efforts on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty and Israel. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, Pesner is also senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism and has served as a scholar for the American Jewish World Service and Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

During his presentation, Pesner will share the inspiring story of the Religious Action Center’s historic launch at the peak of the civil rights movement. He will lay out the compelling challenges that America’s vulnerable communities still face today and discuss the political polarization in American culture. He will then examine the need to honor diverse perspectives and find common ground around shared values, and discuss ways in which the Jewish community’s social justice work can bring about healing.

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI), located at 432 Scotland Road in South Orange, is a vibrant, inclusive Reform congregation that welcomes Jews by birth or by choice, interfaith, traditional and non-traditional families, and children of all abilities. It offers lifelong learning and creative, enriching programs for all members, from preschoolers and teens to older adults. Its full complement of religious services, early childhood and religious school education, cultural programs and activities foster connection, engagement and community outreach. TSTI’s members live in Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit


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