Weekly Roundup: Welcome Families, Jewish education classes top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Barbara and Al Doreste of Delran go for an early morning stroll at Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown. The pair held hands as they walked on the morning of Thursday, Aug 3.

The Welcome Families Program is making the transition to a new school easier for students and parents, and Moorestown’s first Jewish Education program has come to town. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

First-ever Jewish education program and Shabbat services come to Moorestown

To date, Moorestown has never had a synagogue in town. MJA was founded as a way to bring these scattered Jewish families together. Now, the MJA is currently trying to get the word out about the first-ever Shabbat services and Jewish education program in Moorestown, which is being brought to town by the nonprofit Beiteinu, which means “our house” in Hebrew.Prior to last year, if Jewish families wanted to educate their children in Jewish tradition, there were no options in town, Deibler said. For that reason, the MJA wanted to give Moorestown’s Jewish community a place where young students could learn about Judaism’s rich history alongside the same kids they attend school with during the day.

Welcome Families Program connecting Moorestown families

Starting at a new school can be tough at any age. For that reason, each year the Welcome Families Program, run through the Moorestown Home and School Association, creates opportunities for incoming students to meet and greet their fellow new students prior to the start of school in hopes of relieving some of the new school anxiety. Each school in the district has its own representative, and Goldglantz-Lance acts as district chair. She said the program is not just about connecting students but parents as well.

Six candidates face off for four seats in Nov. BOE election

Four candidates will be running for three seats spanning a three-year term in the November board of education election for the Moorestown school district. Additionally, two candidates are running for one seat that spans a two-year, unexpired term, according to the Burlington County Clerk’s office. Incumbent Peter Palko will run for re-election against challengers Lauren Romano, Jack F. Fairchild and Tinamarie Nicolo‐Dorfner for the three, three-year term positions. Incumbent Mark D. Villanueva will run against Kameron K. Rabenou for the one, two-year unexpired term. The school board elections will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 along with the the general election.

Six-year-old Alexandra Shedaker peers out through a pair of binoculars at one of the scenic overlooks at Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area in Moorestown. Shedaker was excited to look out at the park’s natural beauty on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 3.