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Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

Reform Synagogue Will Mark Holidays with Services and Family-Friendly Activities

Event Date: September 17, 2013

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., Sept 3, 2013 – Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI), a Reform congregation in South Orange, will observe the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah with religious services, community celebrations, and activities for the whole family.

  • Wed., Sept. 18 – The holiday of Sukkot begins at sundown. In preparation, TSTI invites area families to a sukkah decorating and dessert party at 6:00 p.m. Sukkot is observed with the construction of “sukkot,” temporary shelters that remind us of those used by the ancient Israelites when they wandered in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. In addition to making and hanging decorations, TSTI’s clergy will offer a demonstration using the lulav and etrog, symbols of the holiday.
  • Thurs., Sept. 19 – The Sukkot festival service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and will include waving of the lulav and etrog.
  • Thurs., Sept. 26 – Yizkor is observed as the Sukkot festival concludes; the morning service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fri., Sept. 27 — The TSTI community celebrates the joy of Simchat Torah, which marks the annual cycle of completing the reading of the Torah and starting over again in the New Year. There will be a lively service starting at 6:00 p.m. including a march with the congregation’s torah scrolls. An entire Torah will be unrolled and held up by all in attendance, as the final verses of the last book and opening verses of the first book are read. As part of the communal celebration of new beginnings, the incoming Board of Trustees will be installed.

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel is a vibrant Reform congregation located at 432 Scotland Rd. in South Orange, N.J. The temple offers Jewish preschool, religious school, teen programs, lifelong learning for adults and a full complement of religious services and cultural programs each month. TSTI serves member families from Maplewood, the Oranges, Livingston, Millburn, Short Hills and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.tsti.org.


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