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Save the Date: URJ Regional Shabbaton at Ner Tamid

Saturday, January 31 ~ Shabbat Shirah

Please save the date for study and prayer at the URJ Regional Shabbaton taking place this year at Temple Ner Tamid. At the end of our day of ‘food for the body, mind and soul’, we will welcome “Song of the Turtledove”, a dramatic concert based on the Biblical Song of Songs – Shir Hashirim. Through a mix of text, world music and song (classical, jazz and flamenco), the unfolding of an erotic relationship becomes the doorway to spiritual transformation.

Registration is now open. Early Bird registration is $36 until January 15. After January 15 the cost will be $45. Please click here to register.

Artist-In-Residence Weekend with Gerard Edery

Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31

Gerard Edery, our Artist-In-Residence will be with us for services, followed by a pot-luck dinner and a brief concert on Friday evening, January 30. On Saturday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. following the URJ Regional Shabbaton, we will welcome “Song of the Turtledove”, a dramatic concert based on the Biblical Song of Songs – Shir Hashirim. Through a mix of text, world music and song (classical, jazz and flamenco), the unfolding of an erotic relationship becomes the doorway to spiritual transformation. This premier event has been created by Sephardic Musical Heritage Award-winner Gerard Edery and a libretto and music by Stephen Sondheim Award-winner Noa Ain. Cantor Meredith Greenberg will co-star in the premiere of this brand new work.

Advanced ticket purchase is required. Shabbaton Attendees – price included in Shabbaton registration. To attend the concert ticket prices are $25 per person. Please contact Laurie Schifano at lschifano@nertamid.org to register and make payment arrangements. NO PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR.

A special thank you to Don and Ruth Sarlin, Karen and Jay Straim, Cindy Stagoff and Robert Belfort, Nancy Friedman and Michael Zinn, Amy and Scott Claman, Fran Adler and Martin Berkowitz, Marge and Paul Grayson and the Union for Reform Judaism East District for making this Artist-In-Residence weekend possible.


The next J-Lab will take place on Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m. J-Lab is a new learning environment offering a variety of opportunities that you can select based on your interest on that given day. This session we will offer:

  • Jewish Boot Camp –Judaism CAN be Fun with Cantor Meredith Greenberg. 
  • Movement & Meditation – Josh Katz will teach basic self-defense based on Krav Maga, an Israeli Martial Art. All are welcome.
  • Culture & Current Issues –Cooking with Bruce Frank

Upcoming J-Lab dates: March 15

Lunch With the Rabbi

Tuesday, February 10 at 12:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Kushner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (October through June) at Ner Tamid for a guided reading and discussion of Ruth Calderon's book A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales.Calderon, a Talmud scholar, was recently elected to Israel's Knesset. She electrified Israel and the Jewish world by teaching Talmud in the Israeli Parliament.

Bring your own dairy or parve lunch and your appetite for discussion of this insightful and wonderfully written book.

Upcoming Dates: March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9
Cost: $18 - includes cost of the book

Make President Washington proud (and do your heart good in the process). Help feed hungry neighbors at Ner Tamid Monday February 16th. Please save the following dates:

  • Presidents Day, Monday February 16th, shifts from 3:00 pm - 8pm at Temple Ner Tamid 

The Tikkun Olam committee is very proud to be supporting the broader Bloomfield community and the Presbyterian Church on the Green by hosting a meal to feed neighbors in need. This is another expression of our commitment to combating hunger in the community and to being a good neighbor in Bloomfield. As you know, hunger is a very real issue in our midst -- even among great affluence.

We will need a great deal of help in advance and on day of event including cooking, serving, and in many other details. This is an excellent opportunity to join with other congregants and make a small contribution that will have great meaning to others.Please contact Lori Price Abrams at loripriceabrams@gmail.com or Sharyn Mandell at sharynknows@aol.com if you are interested to help plan or take a shift or have something you'd like to offer in the way of service or expertise.

6th Annual Concert for Haiti

Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation (67 Church Street, Montclair)

Music by Steve Forbert, Bohio Music, Zing Experience, Passing Notes, Big Mamou, The Cliff Notes, Cantor Meredith Greenberg and Leora Perlman, Jazz house Kids Dynasty Band with Melissa Walker. To get your tickets visit Terra Tea in the public library, Watchung Booksellers or online at Ticket Leap (http://outpost.ticketleap.com/haiti-2015. Tickets are $22 in advance / $25 at the door.

For event or volunteer information contact Cindy Stagoff at cstagoff@comcast.net.

Purimspiel 2015

Saturday, March 7

What happens when the Purimspiel cast becomes castaways on a desert island? Will they be so upset at being shipwrecked that they forget about the holiday? Or will they be true to their shul and get inspired to write the best darned tropical-island-themed Purim Play ever? And then, how will they get off the island? Be there Saturday night, March 7th, to find out.

A cast of 40, including 15 children, will present “Megillagan's Island: A Desert Island Purimspiel” to the delight of all. And stick around for a luau of an oneg, with food and drink for everyone, immediately following the 'spiel. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see your fellow temple members tell the story of Queen Esther with songs from the Beach Boys, South Pacific, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffet and more. So come to TNT on Saturday night, March 7th, or you could find yourself wasting away again in MogenDavidville.

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.