Area residents are invited to Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange to participate in the Reform synagogue’s free wellness programs for adults.


·       Playgroup with a Purpose: This wellness program for new parents and babies 0-12 months is facilitated by Sara Mendez, LCSW. The group meets Tuesdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. to share experiences, gather resources and ask questions while adjusting to parenthood. Coffee and snacks are provided. Contact Sara at with questions or to RSVP.

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·      Mindfulness Meditation and Chant: Participants experience Hebrew chant and mindfulness meditation using simple melodies, breath and awareness exercises that relax the mind, open the heart and create inner calm. The program is held on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and is led by Beth Sandweiss. No meditation experience is necessary. RSVP required to


Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel is a vibrant Reform congregation located at 432 Scotland Road in South Orange, N.J., that 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.