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Rona Greenberg to Speak at Ner Tamid

Rona Greenberg will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 22. Her topic is titled “BRCA in the Jewish Community”. No one should have to face HBOC, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, alone – for more than 15 years, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) has been the voice of experience, helping women and men cancer survivors, as well as those at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE provides support, education and awareness to help those facing HBOC know their options and make informed decisions. FORCE has recently partnered with The Basser Center for BRCA at The University of Pennsylvania for the purpose of prevention, early detection, treatment and research of the BRCA gene. We will learn about the BRCA genes associated with HBOC and that people of Eastern European Jewish ancestry have a higher risk for these genes. What are the warning signs of HBOC? Did you know that if you test positive for a gene mutation, there are options available for lowering your cancer risk and for detecting cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage? We'll talk about the importance of consulting with a genetic counselor before and after genetic testing. The majority of people with a BRCA mutation are unaware of their increased risk for hereditary cancer. Awareness and education are critical to saving lives.

 Rona Greenberg has been advocating for high risk Jewish women for over 10 years and currently serves an co-coordinator for North Jersey FORCE. Originally from Springfield, NJ, she has an undergraduate degree from Douglass College and a Master's Degree from Northeastern University. Rona retired after a career of 40 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the NJ schools and lives at Four Seasons at Great Notch in Woodland Park.

 This presentation is a continuation of Temple Ner Tamid’s summer-long series of community members and leaders addressing the community on issues of political, social and religious significance.

The Kabbalat Shabbat service, which will be led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman and Debbie Kravitz, begins at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will be offered before the service at 6:00 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Invitation to Communications Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30 pm at Ner Tamid

Everyone is invited to attend an organizational meeting of Ner Tamid's newly formed Communications Committee. The committee is dedicated to the aim of improving how we reach out to and connect with our members. Areas for discussion at the meeting will include: 

  • A critical assessment of how we currently communicate with our members
  • Possible ways to enhance our web site and drive increased traffic
  • Effective use of new technology like social media, blogging or webinars
  • Types of regular communications or newsletters (like Temple Topics) we should consider for our members
  • Ways to improve or open up membership feedback to clergy, the board, or administrators
  • Making better use of our membership database to match members with the most appropriate opportunities for engaging with the TNT community
  • Other topics that attendees wish to consider

We'll try to cover as much as possible in a reasonable amount of time, with the intention of prioritizing goals and projects, and assigning specific tasks to members so we can start moving things forward. To RSVP for the meeting, or for more information, please contact Morty Bernstein at mz.bernstein@gmail.com.

Wompy's World of Musical Play is Coming to Ner Tamid

WOMPY’S WORLD OF MUSICAL PLAY, an interactive music and movement class for children ages 6 months – 4 years old with caregiver will begin classes at TEMPLE NER TAMID on September 22nd!

WOMPY’S offers you and your child a theatrical, fun-filled 45 minutes, and currently has weekly classes in Warren, Summit, Westfield, Morristown and Bedminster. Your child will enjoy a new lesson each week with different songs, props, and instruments. A vast array of puppets, bubbles and toys are incorporated into each lesson.  The themes change, but offer just the right amount of consistency to reassure a young child’s repetitive nature.

WOMPY’S will be offering FREE TRIAL CLASSES on MONDAY, AUGUST 25that 9:30 and 10:30.  Space is limited and registration will begin online on August 1st. EARLY BIRD RATES for the 10-week fall semester begin then as well. REGISTER AT www.wompys.com.

Feel free to call Lauren at 908-279-3030 or email lauren@wompys.com with any questions.

Shabbat in the Summer

Erev Shabbat Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will preceed the service at 6:00 p.m. 
Shabbat Morning Services will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, August 22 – Worship Leader: Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman and Debbie Kravitz. Guest Speaker: Rona Greenberg
Rona Greenberg, a current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Her topic is titled "BRCA in the Jewish Community".
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman and Stephanie Lurie

Friday, August 29 – Worship Leaders: Cantorial Assistant Ronni and Fred Pressman
A community Shabbat dinner to follow.
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman and Anne Laurent

Stop the BDS Campaign: From Campus to the Board Room

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee presents a free community event open to the public titled Stop the BDS Campaign: From Campus to the Board Room.

For more information please contact Alexa Silverman at asilverman@aipac.org or call 917-210-6318.


A Journey Through Grief

Beginning Wednesday, September 10 at 1:30 p. m.

JFS is currently accepting registration for A Journey Through Grief, a support group for men and women who have lost a spouse or significant other and are struggling with their loss and sorrow. The group will meet for 8 weeks (excluding September 24) beginning Wednesday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Anne Mollen, LCSW at amollen@jfsmetrowest.org.

Preparation for High Holy Days – Tshuva: Turning and Returning

Saturday, September 13 from 1 to 5:00 p.m. at Bnai Keshet

A ½ day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweis

How can we cultivate the qualities of heart and mind that allow us to turn toward or return to what matters most in our lives?

Spending a half day in contemplative practice is a uniquely wonderful way to prepare for the High Holy Days – to regain balance in our lives, and to cultivate greater awareness, clarity, peacefulness and compassion for ourselves and others. The power of doing this together in community can be transformative.

The day will include sitting meditation with instruction, walking meditation, change, gentle yoga and study – as pathways to explore the season’s themes of renewal, forgiveness, transformation, and change.

This event is free and open to all. Please reserve a place by contact Rabbi Rex Perlmeter at rabbirex@jewishwellness.net.

This program is sponsored by The Jewish Wellness Center of North Jersey, the JMC (Jewish Meditation Center) of Montclair, Temple Ner Tamid and Bnai Keshet.

Annual Blue Jean Barbeque

Sunday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Kids are home from camp. Summer vacations are over. As the days get shorter it’s time to reconnect with old and new friends at Ner Tamid at our annual Blue Jean Barbeque. We’ll have live music by The Sukkah Mountain Boys, children’s activities, food, drinks, desserts! BYO beer and wine. The advance registration cost is $10 per person and $5 per child under 13. If you come the day of the cost at the door is $12 per adult and $6 per child. Please get your RSVP into Laurie Schifano by Monday, September 8. Download your form here.



Shoresh Preschool Playground Renovation

Shoresh preschool strives to connect children to their community and the natural world, while nurturing each child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in a safe and caring environment of exploration, cooperation and creativity. Funds raised will go toward the improvement of our outdoor playspace. So far we have worked with contractors to extend the fence by ten feet, add an awning which will provide shade from the direct sunlight and many other exciting additions. The objective of the space will be a pathway to nature where your children will become little explorers.  The outdoor classroom will be a backdrop for rich, sensory learning experiences for our children. The goal is for it to be built over the next several months in phases so that will allow the children use of the playground.

This outdoor playspace will have multiple purposes, from strengthening physical coordination on tree stump steps to embracing inner artists and experimenting with musical instruments.

Learning in an outdoor classroom happens through both directed and self-directed activities. With thoughtful planning, the learning areas facilitate state and federal curriculum standards at various ages.

Many members of our community have expressed interest in assisting with this project and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Donations made specifically for the outdoor classroom and playspace will allow us to build on an extremely generous contribution already made by the Ammerman/Shpigel Family.

To make a donation please click here.

JFS Loss of Spouse Support Group

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey is forming a new support group, “A Journey Through Grief” for men and women who have lost their spouse or significant other.  The group provides an opportunity to talk with others who have also experienced the same loss.  Group will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:45 PM at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, 256 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park. The charge for the group is $30 per session, which may be covered by insurance.

According to Anne Mollen, LCSW, who runs the group, “a support group can be a safe and confidential experience where group members can express their feelings in a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment.  The supportive experience can aid in the adjustment to one’s loss.”

An individual group intake is required prior to joining the group.  Please contact Anne Mollen, LCSW at 973-765-9050 to schedule it or for more information.

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. 

http://astore.amazon.com/nertam-20