What's New

Guest Speaker Rev. John McCullough

Friday, October 21 at 8 pm

The Erev Shabbat service will begin at 8 pm. Our Speaker Series will continue this Friday when Rev. John McCullough of Church World Service joins us to speak. His topic of discussion is titled Coming Home: Dealing With the Global Refugee Crisis.

The Rev. John L. McCullough is President and CEO of Church World Service, the global humanitarian agency with programs in development and humanitarian affairs, advocacy for social justice, and refugee assistance. He is also a member of the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.

Rev. McCullough will address the global crisis of the more than 21 million refugees and 25 million internally displaced people.  He will discuss the response of governments to President Obama’s “Leaders Summit on Refugees” at the United Nations—and the opportunity for each of us to bring stability, hope, and promise to families that will finding a new home in the United States.

Sukkot At Ner Tamid

Monday, October 24 at 10 am

Monday, October 24 at 7 pm
Simchat Torah Celebration complete with Religious School Consecration, klezmer music and sweentened apples!

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Class begins Thursday, November 3 at 8 pm

Now that you're older and more mature and your friends are no longer competing for your time after school, Judaism seems intriguing -- even interesting. You wonder, perhaps there is more worth knowing. The Adult B'nai Mitzvah program is an Introduction to Judaism for the college graduate. It presumes that you would like to learn more, but not in just a cursory way. This is not Sunday School revisited. It's reclaiming your heritage.

The Adult B'nai Mitzvah program is divided into two parts. The first componenet -- focusing on what it means to live a Jewish life -- involves a year of study with Rabbi Kushner and Cantor Greenberg. Then, during the second year, the class will devote its energies in the fall semester to mastering a single Torah portion -- Parashat Ki Tissa, which contains the story of the Golden Calf and Moses beckoning to see God's face -- the text from which the students will be teaching on the occasion of their group B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.

The event will be on February 24, 2018.

Eligibility for the program requires that the student be Jewish, past the age of 13, and sufficiently skilled in Hebrew reading. Please speak to Cantor Greenberg should you have questions regarding your Hebrew ability. Rick Abrams will be offering Beginning Hebrew this fall as well.

Thursday Evenings: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Fee: $180 (per year)

To register login to the Member Portal.

A Bird's Eye View of Jewish History with Rabbi Steven Kushner
November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15;  

Rituals and Rubrics with Cantor Meredith Greenberg
January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9

Jews, God and Mitzvah - developing a theology of covenant with Rabbi Steven Kushner
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6

Sinai: Preparation for the Festival of Shavuot with Rabbi Steven Kushner and Cantor Meredith Greenberg
May 4, 11, 18

Tikkun Leil Shavuot: An Evening of Study - a communal celebration
May 30 at  Temple Ner Tamid

Beginning Hebrew

The First Class will be held on Sunday, November 6

Interested in learning the Alef-bet? Want to polish up on your Hebrew? Would you like to be more fluent with your prayers at Shabbat services? Consider enrolling in Beginning Hebrew. Taught by Rick Abrams, you will be reading Hebrew in no time!

Full year classes on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am
Fee: $180 (includes cost of textbook and materials)

To register login to the Member Portal

Lunch With the Rabbi

Join with Rabbi Steven Kushner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (November through June) at the synagogue to discuss the book, "The Bible Doesn't Say That".

Acclaimed translator and biblical scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman walks the reader through dozens of mistranslations, misconceptions, and other misunderstandings about the Hebrew Bible as he explores what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years. For example, the Bible doesn't call homosexuality a sin, and it doesn't advocate for the one-man-one-woman model of marriage that has been dubbed "biblical." Similarly, the Ten Commandments don't prohibit coveting or killing. 

A former Scholar-in-Residence at Ner Tamid, Joel Hoffman is author of multiple books about Hebrew and the Bible, and the chief translator for the series My People's Prayer Book (National Jewish Book Award winner). He has held faculty appointments at Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institue of Religion.

Bring your own dairy or pareve lunch.

November 8 / December 13 / January 10 / February 14 / March 14 / April 4 / May 9 / June 13

Cost: $20 for class (includes cost of book)

Register here on the Member Portal.

TNT Needs Your Participation in Focus Groups For Transition

The Rabbinic Transition Committee is conducting a series of small, informal focus groups about the Temple. We want to hear your opinions—what’s working and what’s not? Where do you see opportunities for growth or change? What is your vision for the future of TNT?

The sessions, which will take place in October - December, will run for two-hours and be conducted in Temple members' homes. The information provided will be confidential and no names will be used in the reports that are generated from these discussions.

If you're interested in participating, please click here. We'll get back to you soon with a date, time and location.

Are You Registered to Vote?

The Tikkun Olam Committee is actively encouraging participation in this November’s critical presidential election. Our Jewish teachings encourage civic engagement, and we seek to help every voice in the Ner Tamid community be represented in the election. Anyone who would like to obtain a voter registration form, a Vote By Mail application form - or any assistance whatsoever completing these forms - should contact Morty Bernstein at mz.bernstein@gmail.com or (973) 200-0826.Assistance getting to and from the polls on Election Day will be available for those who require it.

Lyla Cante Havdalah Cafe

Saturday Evening, November 19 at 7:30 pm

Temple Ner Tamid presents a Havdalah Cafe -- Lyla Cante, Judeo Flamenco. Lyla Cante is Hebrew for "night" and Spanish for "song".

Cantor Alty Weinreb meets Gypsy Flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig. Add a Cuban percussionist, a Blues guitarist, a Rock bassist...Lyla Cante is born! 

Sensuous, passionate and infectious music at the intersection of Sephardic, Flamenco and Ashkenazi cultures.

Cost: $25 per person. Reservations can be made on the member portal

Introduction to Judaism

Registration is open now!

Class begins at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel on Wednesday, November 9. Learn about Jewish thought and practice. The course is 16-weeks and the registrataion fee is $285 ($260 for members of URJ congregations).

For more information or to register please contact Cantor Caitlin Bromberg or call 212-650-4293.

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!

Bloomfield Café Feeds the Hungry

Throughout the summer Ner Tamid’s members and friends have dedicated their time and energy in an effort to help those less fortunate. Beginning in the middle of last summer we have been preparing food for our homeless of Bloomfield and Montclair. On the fourth Sunday of every month we use the Park United Methodist Church of Bloomfield’s kitchen and dining room to prepare and serve the community’s homeless a nutrient meal which might be the only meal they have had in some time. Food insecurity is something most of us only read about, but for these men, women, and children face this reality every day. 

You don't have to be a master chef to volunteer. You can help set up and serve. At the end of the day you’ll feel something very special in helping others. Be a joiner. We'd love to see some new faces. You're only volunteering for a couple of hours of work.

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

Please click hear to read more about the wonderful efforts of amazing volunteers and Tikkun Olam Committee.

ShopRite Food Collection

For over more than two years Ner Tamid volunteers in partnership with Brookdale Shoprite collect food donations to help stock the shelves of the Human Needs Food Pantry. This food helps our neighbors who don’t, on a daily basis, have enough to eat. Brookdale Shoprite shoppers’ donations help the elderly, the disabled, the home-bound, the unemployed, and the underemployed working poor meet their family’s food needs. 

So how do we do get these donations? Once a month on a Sunday we stand at the entrance of the Brookdale Shoprite asking shoppers entering the store to buy one or two extra non-perishable items which we collect as exit the store. We hand out flyers explaining who we are and what our mission is with a suggestion of the most needed food items; rice, cereal, baby food, tuna fish, canned vegetables, etc. We never solicit for money. People are always in a hurry, but once they know we are asking for food donations and not money they stop to hear what we have to say. Lots of people give a can or two of food, but others give us much much more; a bag or 2 of food. The generosity of our neighbors is overwhelming.

This is a perfect Tikkun Olam opportunity for the entire family, shoppers have responded very favorably to children giving out fliers. Help us repair the world. Meet other like-minded Ner Tamid members. Please contact Jeff Plaut at jplaut@globalstrategygroup.com, we’d like to see some new faces.

Temple Ner Tamid's Amazon Store

Temple Ner Tamid has its own new Amazon.com store featuring favorite books and DVDs of Rabbi Kushner, Cantor Greenberg and fellow Temple members. 

Shopping via Ner Tamid's Amazon store won't cost you anything extra, but it does allow Temple Ner Tamid to earn about 6% from most purchases. You can purchase the books and DVDs recommended by clergy, staff, and fellow members or other items on Amazon.com that may not be featured on Temple Ner Tamid's Amazon store. All of your Amazon shopping benefits Temple Ner Tamid

Please click on the link below to access Amazon.com and then after shopping, proceed to the checkout. Ner Tamid's commission will be credited automatically.