Temple Announces Community Events

EDISON – Temple Emanu-El, located at 100 James Street in Edison, has announced its schedule of community events for May. Unless otherwise noted, all take place at the temple. For more information, call 1-732-549-4442.

May 1:*Celebrate the Earth* and all who dwell therein. Spend an afternoon of fun at the Triple C Ranch in Edison helping to lighten and brighten our world. Do organic gardening (kids 8 and adults), paint trailside benches (adults and kids 8 and over), join the scavenger hunt (everyone), tour the farm and see the turtle pond (kids 8 and under) and learn with the Rabbi (everyone). You will need water repellent shoes, water bottle to keep you hydrated and insect repellent to ward off possible bug attacks. Starts at 12:45 p.m. and ends at 4:30. You can help our Earth, learn about the land and about its relation to Judaism. To RSVP call 1-732-549-4442 or email: admin.assistant@edisontemple.org. Triple C Ranch is at 206 Tyler Road, Edison. There will be refreshments.

May 3: Religious School Open House – From 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Temple Emanu-El invites you to visit K – 3 classes while in session. Learn about the exciting curriculum for grades K – 12, which offers a meaningful Reform Jewish education which includes history, traditions, holidays, language and culture. Too see other classes in session please call for an appointment. Packets are now available for membership that starts July 1. Principal Jill Santoni can be reached at 1-732-549-4442, Ext. 5 or visit www.edisontemple.org

May 5: New ZUMBA class. Get in shape with a 6-week Zumba Gold class for beginners, seniors and de-conditioned adults, every Thursday (May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9) at 7:30 p.m. $36 for members, $42 non-members and $10 per class for walk-ins. We need a minimum of seven registered people for the class to run. Call the Temple office to register.

May 6-7: Temple Emanu-El’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff – Festivities begin on Friday at 6:00 p.m. with a Shabbat dinner. Ppast, present and future members are welcome as the temple community’s journey continues. At 8 p.m., hear from Keynoter Rabbi Eric Yoffe, President of the Union of Reform Judaism. A festive Oneg Shabbat offers a chance to chat with friends.

On Saturday morning, May 7, at 10 a.m., begin with a joyful Shabbat B’Shir, a musical service. Immediately afterward, a light Kiddush brunch will be served. 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. Family Education Program –“Turn, Turn, Turn: Renewing Our Spiritual Energy for the Next 50 Years With Legos.” The program will be conducted by Stephen Schwartz, AIA architect.

Saturday, 8 p.m. Temple Emanu-El’s 29th Annual Spring Concert — Rhapsody in Gold: A 50 Year Jubilee of Song -1961-2011 – featuring the GingiSnaps, an ensemble of three women cantors as well as three sweet-sounding choirs. Gala reception to follow. $30 for members, $55 for non-members. Early bird discounts available before April 29. To RSVP call the Temple office: 1-732-549-4442.

May 13: SHABBAT ALIVE! starts at 7 p.m. This evening’s service of song and celebration takes delight in your participation, so come lend your voice and your pleasure.

May 16: The Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Library. This month’s reading is “Sweet & Low” by Rich Cohen

May 20: TOT SHABBAT, a special program aimed toward younger children, includes an age appropriate Shabbat Service and a Jewish craft project. It begins at 6 p.m. The adult and older children’s service starts at 8 p.m.

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