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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel to Host Lecture on Israel, Social Justice Class and Film Screening in November that are Open to the Public

| October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel to Host Lecture on Israel, Social Justice Class and Film Screening in November that are Open to the Public

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., October 19, 2017 – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI), the Reform synagogue in South Orange, invites area residents to the following programs:

  • Thurs., Nov. 2 – Michael Levi, an Israeli emissary from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, will explore “The Relationships Between Judaism in Israel and the US” at 7:00 p.m. Levi will discuss different perspectives on religion, politics and public life using information from the Pew Research Center studies and other sources. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by TSTI’s Israel Involvement Committee. Advance registration is requested; to sign up, go to
  • Thurs., Nov. 16 – Learn about the Reform movement’s position on reproductive rights at “Social Justice in Focus, Part I: Reproductive Rights” at 7:00 p.m. The free class, led by Rabbi Daniel Cohen, is part of TSTI’s social justice series, which will examine various social and civil rights issues throughout the year. Attendees will learn about the perspective of traditional Jewish texts on the subject, and examine ways in which modern Jews live up to the ideals of our ancestors, ways in which modern society may still fall short, and how Reform Judaism has taken clear steps to protect reproductive freedom. Advance registration is available at
  • Sun., Nov. 19 – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel’s popular film series resumes with a screening of “Restoring Tomorrow,” with director Aaron Wolf, at 7:00 p.m. The film details Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery as the treasured Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles is lifted up by a community’s determination to achieve the impossible and save it from demise. At a time when religious institutions are threatened by declining membership engagement, this movie offers a hopeful vision of Jewish community for new generations. The director will facilitate a discussion immediately following the film and refreshments will be served. Free for TSTI members, $5 for non-members; register in advance at

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


Director Aaron Wolf will present his film, “Restoring Tomorrow” on Sunday, November 19 at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.
Photo credit: Aaron Wolf


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