Social Action

Financial Support Urgently Needed for Refugee Family

Since mid-January Temple Ner Tamid has been working with Park United Methodist Church and other members of the Greater Bloomfield Interfaith Partners, as well as with Church World Service, to help resettle a Syrian family of six in our community. This family arrived in the United States on January 17 with virtually no possessions, having been forced to flee their neighborhood in Aleppo when it was bombed four years ago, and having suffered a long and arduous ordeal before being cleared by the U.S. State Department for resettlement in the United States. 

Clothing, food, housing, medical care, transportation and English instruction—these are some of the basic needs that have been provided through communal efforts since the family’s arrival in January. Members of our community have been providing the family with daily assistance to help them navigate through the maze and frustrations of the social services network to receive the support to which they are entitled, including health care coverage and school enrollment for their children.

We were fortunate that our partners at Park United Methodist Church made the church Mission House available to house the family until they were able to find an apartment they could call home. To everyone’s absolute delight, a suitable apartment was finally found in Paterson. The family moved into the apartment on March 22, supported by donations of furniture and household supplies from many of you.

While that was fortuitous, several members of this particular family have serious health issues (injuries and illness), which impose an additional and very serious financial burden. Many of these expenses will not be covered by their insurance, and we have sought creative ways to help defray these expenses. 

This letter comes to you as an appeal to help cover these expenses for the family. To defray medical expenses not covered by insurance and to help towards the family’s rent, utility payments and other household expenses we seek to raise $10,000.

Any additional funds raised will be used for other priority needs for this family and/or another refugee family settled in Bayonne whom we have been assisting, or for new refugee families we may be able to assist in the near future.

No donation is too small! Whatever you can give is deeply appreciated! You can make a donation online through the Member Portal.

Checks can be made out to Temple Ner Tamid – Refugee Fund. Temple Ner Tamid is a registered 501(c)(3) entity, and donations are tax-deductible as permitted under U.S. tax laws. Members of Temple Ner Tamid making donations to the Refugee Fund will see those amounts reflected in the annual statement they receive from the Temple detailing their contributions for tax purposes. Letters confirming the receipt of donations will be provided to non-members on request.

Time is of the essence. But know that we recognize there are now and will always be appeals to meet needs for our own community, and this request should not in any way be seen as at the expense of our obligations "at home". However, for those who are moved and able to contribute, your generosity is gratefully welcome.

 If you wish to become involved or have any questions, please contact Amy Winkelman - a_winkelman@hotmail.com or Fred Pressman - fpressman7@me.com of the Refugee Assistance Team.

ShopRite Food Collection

Hello. I am Emily Dephoure, the new volunteer coordinator for the ShopRite food collection program. Many of you already know about this great monthly program that helps the local Human Needs Food Pantry serve thousands of hungry people throughout suburban Essex County. The program has been vital to the Food Pantry, which is facing an ever increasing need. Ner Tamid volunteers have handed out flyers to shoppers at the Brookdale ShopRite and collected thousands of bags of groceries. And, many shoppers are eager to give because it is an easy way to contribute. But, we need more volunteers to help keep this program going. It is also a great service activity for families and teens. 

We are also looking for adult volunteers with large vehicles such as SUVs and/or pickup trucks who could help transport food to the Pantry, which is a few miles from the ShopRite on Label Street in Montclair.

Contact me at emilydephoure@me.com if you would like to sign-up for a shift.

Here are the 2017 collection dates - Please consider volunteering.

Sunday, January 29; Sunday, February 26; Sunday, March 19; Sunday, April 30; Sunday, May 21; Sunday, June 11; Sunday, July 16; Sunday, August 20; Sunday, September 17; Sunday, October 15; Sunday, November 12; Sunday, December 10

Bloomfield Café Feeds the Hungry

Having a hot nutrient meal is something we all take for granted, but everyone is not as lucky. We've been feeding the homeless on the fourth Sunday of every month since last summer. In partnership with the Park United Methodist Church in Bloomfield we prepare and serve a full home cooked meal. This might be the only hot meal our guests have eaten in some time.

Sunday, February 28, the Bloomfield Café, that's what we’ve named ourselves, again served over 40 guests a nutrient meal. The renowned Ner Tamid chefs, Susan and Lanny Katz, prepared a meal of barley mushroom soup, lemon baked chicken, mixed vegetables, roasted potatoes, salad, and cake and cookies.  The Katz’s were a holdover from the prior month when their Sunday was snowed out. They couldn't have done this alone and had help from Vicki and Norm Pollack, Harvey Morginstin, Phyllis Berman, Felicia and Ron Festa, Peter Della Bella, Pam Goldsteen and her son Gabriel, Morty Bernstein, Sharyn Mandell, and Martin Cole, with his children Sarah and Jonathan Cole and their friend Temma Adler. If anyones name was mistakenly not mentioned we thank them for their help and apologize for the omission.

This work is very important. We need your help to continue to be able to serve hot flavorful meals to those much less fortunate than ourselves. We need volunteers to prepare and cook the meal, to set up and serve, and to clean up and put everything away. You don't have to be a master chef. If you’re the least bit comfortable around a kitchen we can use your help. Be a joiner. We'd love to see some new faces. You're only going to be volunteering for a couple of hours once a month. Our next Bloomfield Café is Sunday, March 28, we hope to see you there.

Please contact Sharyn Mandell at sharynknows@aol.com with any questions or to add your name to the list of volunteer to help.

Tikkun Olam Volunteers - We Need You!

We need your help. We have a variety of Tikkun Olam projects, but not enough volunteers to man them all. Depending on what’s your passion we have a volunteer opportunity that’s just right for you. But, if by chance you don't see that one special project that tickles your fancy, we want to hear where you want to help “repair the world.” 

Here's the list of our current opportunities waiting for your special touch:

  • Bloomfield Café – Soup kitchen partnering with United Park Methodist Church (monthly)
  • Brookdale Shoprite – Collecting food donated for the Human Needs Food Pantry (monthly)
  • Blood Drive – Donate blood (semi-annually)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network – House homeless families; parents and children, in need of shelter (1 week a year)
  • Christmas Holiday Hospital Assistance Program – Relieve hospital staffs who celebrate Christmas (Christmas Eve and day)
  • Temple Rummage Sale – Setup and sell donated clothes and household items (annually)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Network – Assist elderly and infirm Bloomfield residents with simple home repair and cleanup (a couple of weekend days)

Any of these projects require just a couple of hours of your time, and you're never going to be doing them by yourself. It's a great opportunity for families who want to experience community service together, for students looking for mitzvah projects, or for congregants wanting to get to know one another a little better while enjoying a rich rewarding experience. The work isn't hard. You might be tired at the end of the day, but you'll feel great about what you've just accomplished. 

Maybe you're looking for a broader Social Action opportunity. You want to be involved in an activity that can change the future of a larger constituency which might not necessarily be local. If this is the case contact Lori Price Abrams, VP Tikkun Olam, loripriceabrams@gmail.com to discuss your idea. Get involved! Be a Tikkun Olam volunteer and help “repair the world.” Click here to download your volunteer form today!

Tikkun Olam's "Tzedek Fund"

Please consider a contribution to the Tikkun Olam “TZEDEK FUND” – which will help support the on-going costs of fulfilling our initiatives to provide food and meals and other support to those who are in need. Thank you!  Any questions? Please contact Lori Price Abrams, VP Tikkun Olam, at loripriceabrams@gmail.com.

Tikkun Olam Volunteers - Join our Community in Service to Others

We need your help. We have a variety of Tikkun Olam projects, but not enough volunteers to man them all. Depending on what’s your passion we have a volunteer opportunity that’s just right for you. But, if by chance you don't see that one special project that tickles your fancy, we want to hear where you want to help “repair the world.” 

Here's the list of our current opportunities waiting for your special touch:

  • Bloomfield Café – Soup kitchen partnering with United Park Methodist Church (monthly)
  • Brookdale Shoprite – Collecting food donated for the Human Needs Food Pantry (monthly)
  • Blood Drive – Donate blood (semi-annually)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network – House homeless families; parents and children, in need of shelter (1 week a year)
  • Christmas Holiday Hospital Assistance Program – Relieve hospital staffs who celebrates Christmas (Christmas Eve and day)
  • Temple Rummage Sale – Setup and sell donated clothes and household items (annually)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Network – Assist elderly and infirm Bloomfield residents with simple home repair and cleanup (a couple of weekend days)

Any of these projects require just a couple of hours of your time, and you're never going to be doing them by yourself. It's a great opportunity for families who want to experience community service together, for students looking for mitzvah projects, or for congregants wanting to get to know one another a little better while enjoying a rich rewarding experience. The work isn't hard. You might be tired at the end of the day, but you'll feel great about what you've just accomplished. 

Maybe you're looking for a broader social action opportunity. You want to be involved in an activity that can change the future of a larger constituency which might not necessarily be local. If this is the case contact Lori Price Abrams, VP Tikkun Olam, loripriceabrams@gmail.com to discuss your idea. Get involved! Be a Tikkun Olam volunteer and help “repair the world.” Click here to download your volunteer form today!