Families and members of all ages enjoyed another successful Purim Extravaganza at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) in South Orange in late February. Educators and clergy led attendees in a Dr. Seuss-inspired purimspiel (retelling of the Book of Esther) and original song, in full Cat in the Hat costume; then, youth group volunteers led the fun as children enjoyed inflatables, games, face painting and special camp activities provided by One Happy Camper NJ. Several Jewish camps from the area were also there with information about camping opportunities. Community service was part of the event, as kids donated pantry staples for the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges and adults donated blood at the on-site blood drive that morning. The Reform synagogue was filled with bright costumes, balloon animals and laughter.
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, located at 452 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 www.tsti.org.