Religious School

Welcome from Iris Schwartz

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Temple Ner Tamid’s Religious School! Our school strives to help our students develop an enduring Jewish identity and a life-long love of Jewish learning. The creation of a kehillah kedoshah, a warm, caring, inclusive holy community and programming that enhances the lives and supports the personal Jewish journeys of our students and their families is our ultimate goal.

We teach our students that being Jewish does not begin or end at the temple’s door. Rather our sacred texts offer us guidelines that can inform every decision we make and every action we take in our daily lives.

You can see more about our school’s curriculum, programs, and policies in both our Religious School and Upper School Parent Handbooks which can be accessed from the Downloads section of this page.

Please do not hesitate to call us in the Religious School at (973) 338-1500 ext. 6 or email ischwartz@nertamid.org or mleon@nertamid.org if you have any questions or special concerns. We look forward to getting to know you and developing relationships with each of you during the year.

Biv’rakha,
Iris Schwartz
Director of Education

Mission Statement

At Temple Ner Tamid, we strive to unite family, synagogue and school to develop in members of all ages an enduring Jewish Identity and a life-long love of Jewish learning.

By offering opportunities for group learning and innovative experiential education, the Temple seeks to impart the fundamental skills of Jewish living and ritual; an understanding of Jewish history and values; a love of Torah and Israel; a familiarity with the Hebrew language and our liturgy; and a passion for Jewish life that finds fulfillment in the spiritual and belonging to the community.

Our families have arrived from many different backgrounds. Together we strive to foster the development of individuals and families who identify with Israel and the Jewish people, and who pursue social justice and the improvement of our world as individuals and through community action. Our educational programs are designed to help congregants of all generations discover their own personally meaningful path through Jewish life; and find support, strength and identity not only in family, but in the larger communities of synagogue, Israel, and the Jewish people.

Program Values and Goals

Temple Ner Tamid’s Religious School is designed to instill a love and understanding of Judaism in our students by providing a rich and varied Jewish learning and living experience. We believe that Judaism is not something reserved for the temple but rather how it ultimately influences the way we choose to live our lives. We aspire to meet the needs of the 21st century Jewish learner and to connect students and parents with the on-going life of the Jewish people. We seek to provide learning opportunities that address the needs of the whole person and to strengthen the attachment our students have to Judaism intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Our goals are to provide learners with an understanding of the Jewish past, the tools necessary to fully participate in the Jewish present, while being inspired and empowered to participate in the creation of a Jewish future including a life committed to tikkun olam, the repair of the world.

In support of the general educational goals designated by the Union for Reform Judaism we strive to provide the kinds of Jewish living and learning experiences that will enable the members of the Ner Tamid community to:

  • Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed; 
  • Jews who bear witness to the BRIT (the covenant between God and the Jewish people) by embracing Torah through the study and observance of MITZVOT (commandments); 
  • Jews who affirm their historic bond to ERETZ YISRAEL (the land of Israel); 
  • Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people; 
  • Jews who value and practice TEFILA (prayer);
  • Jews who further the cause of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing TZEDEK (righteousness), MISHPAT (justice), and CHESED (loving deeds); 
  • Jews who celebrate Shabbat, festivals and ceremonies marking significant occasions in our lives
  • Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; their own community and the community of others; 
  • Jews who express their kinship with K’LAL YISRAEL by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world; 
  • Jews who support and participate in the life of the synagogue 

Such Jews will strengthen the fabric of Jewish life and ensure the future of Judaism and the Jewish people.

Important Contact Information

Religious School Director
Iris Schwartz
(973) 338-1500 ext. 6
ischwartz@nertamid.org

Religious School Administrator
Maribel Leon
(973) 338-1500 ext. 6
mleon@nertamid.org

VP Education
Brian O'Reilly
boreilly45@gmail.com 

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