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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., June 8, 2021Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI), the Reform synagogue in South Orange, held its service and ceremony for the 2021 confirmation class on Friday, May 21. Throughout the year, the 10th-grade students attended classes remotely, during which they followed and discussed current events with a focus on social justice through a Jewish lens. The confirmation year is designed to help students expand their Jewish knowledge and identity while developing their own personal theology.

At the evening service, they shared their confirmation statements, affirming the Jewish values important to them at this time in their lives and confirming their decision to continue with their Jewish education. The 2021 confirmands are (back row, l. to r.) Allie Harris, Isaac Fleischer and Reed Promisel of Maplewood, Casey Abramson of South Orange, Jonah Wolpov of Maplewood, Jake Blaney of South Orange and Max Kravitz of Maplewood; and (front rowl. to r.) Rose Friedman of Short HillsGeorgie Gassaro and Justin Strugger of Maplewood and Cyrus Merriweather of South Orange. 

TSTI offers a community preschool, religious school for grades K through 7, post-b’nai mitzvah 8th grade and Hebrew High, teen travel programs, and an active youth group program. More information is at


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