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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Invites Public to Enjoy Cultural, Musical and Mindfulness Programs in May

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

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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Invites Public to Enjoy Cultural, Musical and Mindfulness Programs in May
Reform Synagogue to Host Israel Film Screening, Musical Shabbat, Meditation, Open to All

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., May 2, 2017 – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, the Reform synagogue in South Orange, invites area residents of all ages to the following programs in May, as follows:

• Sun., May 7 – TSTI will screen the film, “Bethlehem” by Israeli director Yuval Adler, about Israeli counter-terrorism at 7:00 p.m.; it will be followed by an interactive discussion moderated by Dr. Eric Goldman, the founder and president of Ergo Media and a film reviewer for New Jersey’s The Jewish Standard. The film is a powerful thriller about the Israeli Secret Service and how it retrieves intelligence about terrorist plots. It focuses on the complex relationship between Sanfur, a teenage Bethlehem-based Palestinian informant and Razi, the Israeli officer who is his contact person, and who becomes a father figure to Sanfur. The film was chosen as Israel’s best film of the year. Free for TSTI members, $5 for non-members.

TSTI’s Renaissance Group for mature adults (ages 70+) invites area residents to join them for a Renaissance Theater & Dinner program starting with a performance of “Clever Little Lies” at the Bickford Theater in Morristown at 2:00 p.m. The show promises “. . . a blend of comedy and sentiment, with maybe just a bit of sting.” Everyone will gather for dinner after the show at Fairchild’s, 171 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. The cost is $18 for Renaissance members and $25 for guests. For information or to RSVP, contact Dan and Matty Goldberg at

• Thurs., May 11 – The Women’s Connection of TSTI will take a walking and food tour of the Bronx with “A Bronx Tale – History, Art, and Food” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The multi-generational women’s group will explore the Bronx with local historian, urban planner, and lifelong Bronx resident, Samuel Goodman; he will lead a one-hour walking tour that highlights major issues affecting the borough in the 20th century, particularly social issues that impacted the Grand Concourse. Following the walking tour, participants will explore the Bronx Museum of the Arts, followed by lunch on historic Arthur Avenue and a visit to an Italian food shop that has been owned by a Jewish family since 1915. A coach bus will be provided. The all-inclusive cost is $55 for Women’s Connection members, $62 for non-members. RSVP by May 5; contact Ellen at or (973) 763-4908 for reservations and payment information.

• Fri., May 19 – All are invited to unwind and welcome the Sabbath at 7:30 p.m. with lively musical accompaniment by the TSTI band, featuring a full rhythm section, woodwinds, and singing with Cantors Rebecca Moses and Joan Finn. The band sets prayers to both traditional and newer melodies as well as popular songs. The service will be followed by refreshments and conversation at the oneg Shabbat.

• Wed., May 17 & May 31 — The monthly Mindfulness Meditation and Chant Group meets at 9:30 a.m., facilitated by Beth Sandweiss. Attendees will experience Hebrew chant and mindfulness meditation using simple melodies, breath and awareness exercises that relax the mind, open the heart and bring our attention to the present moment. The beginning of each session is guided, and no meditation or chanting experience is necessary.


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