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Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Forming Now

Temple Ner Tamid is seeking individuals interested in enrolling in an Adult B'nai Mitzvah class. Rabbi Kushner and Cantor Greenberg will teach the class over three semesters: Fall 2014, Spring and Fall 2015. Classes would be held on Thursday evenings. The class will culminate in a B'nai Mitzvah ceremony in early 2016.

In the program, you will learn about Jewish history, the Bible and Jewish liturgy. Class discussion will include theology, Jewish practices, life cycles and Reform Judaism. You will also study the Torah portion and prepare your d'var for the B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.

The program is extremely fulfilling and deepens one's Jewish identity and understanding. It's a perfect opportunity for those who didn't have a B'nai Mitzvah and even those curious in just learning more about Judaism. 

If you are interested, please contact Laurie Schifano at lschifano@nertamid.org or by calling 973-338-1500 x5.

Help Make September

Friday Night, September 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Join us on Friday night, September 19 when Ner Tamid member Julie Blackman will speak about her experiences with Dystonia, a movement disorder, and will encourage you to sign the online petition designed to promote awareness of Dystonia. One hundred thousand signatures gathered during the month of September are needed to make September Dystonia Awareness Month.

GO TO THE PETITION: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/promote-dystonia-awareness-recognizing-dystonia-awareness-month-september/2S9jBCVz

Illnesses change people physically and emotionally. While some aspects of chronic illness cause weakness, others can lead to strength. We have little control over what happens to us but more control over what happens next. With courage and the support of others, hard things can make us stronger and add meaning to our lives.

Erev Shabbat worship begins at 8:00 p.m.

Havdalah and Selichot Program for Young Families

Saturday September 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Join Cantor Meri for a very special night exploring the observance of Selichot, which means forgiveness. The program includes a pizza dinner, singing and praying with Cantor Meri, a scavenger hunt, an interactive story and a chance to blow shofar and sound the spiritual alarm in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will end our evening with the beautiful ritual of Havdalah. Please RSVP to Cantor Meri at cantor@nertamid.org.

This program is appropriate for families with preschool through kindergarten children -- older siblings are welcome, too.

Selichot at Ner Tamid

Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m.

As a preparation for the High Holy Days we gather on Selichot to say prayers for forgiveness for what we have done wrong in the past year. Please join us on Selichot, particularly if you have never partaken of the opportunity in the past. 

Our program will begin at 8:00 pm with a short meditational service followed by the movie The Visitor, featuring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira, and discussion with Rabbi Kushner

The Visitor is a 2007 American immigration film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy that focuses on a lonely man in late middle age whose life changes when he is forced to face issues relating to identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 New York City.

Rosh Chodesh Gatherings

For the women of Temple Ner Tamid our monthly Rosh Chodesh gatherings, going strong for six amazing years, has been a highlight for all those who attend. Whether you drop in once in a while or every month, our new moon celebrations are filled with song, text, sharing, food, and friendship.

Mark these dates in your calendar for our sessions, including our two wonderful Seders during the months of Shevat and Nisan.

  • Cheshvan 10/23- Thursday
  • Kislev 11/23- Sunday
  • Shevat (seder) 1/22- Thursday
  • Adar 2/18- Wednesday
  • Nisan (seder) 3/31
  • Iyar -4/19 Sunday
  • Sivan, 5/19-Tuesday

Celebrate the Chagim at Temple Ner Tamid


Wednesday Evening October 8, 2014 - Celebrate the 1st night of Sukkot together!

  • Family Programing and Sukkah Decorating with Cantor Meri at 5:30 p.m.
  • Community Vegetarian or Dairy only Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • Music, text study and speaker: Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy at the Community Food Bank of NJ at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. - Celebrate Sukkot 1st Morning
Join us for the festival morning service – bring your lulav and etrog for waving!

Sunday October 12 - Sukkah Stroll to begin at 2:00 p.m.
One of the greatest joys in our tradition is dwelling in a sukkah during Sukkot. This year there will be four open sukkahs for you to visit and meet new and familiar friends in our community. All you need to do is drop on in! (Locations to be announced). Head on back to Ner Tamid afterwards for some wonderful music entertainment in the Ner Tamid Sukkah! 

Shmini Atzeret- Yizkor Service - Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us on this last day of Sukkot as we recite Yizkor.     

Simchat Torah - Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.

This is the holiday for adults and children of all ages. Come witness the unrolling of the Torah.  Listen to the last strains and first beautiful lines of our Torah read aloud. Dance and dance and dance to the music of our congregational band! You don't want to miss this joyful evening!

Havdalah Café: Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band

Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It’s a musical conversation… a sonic celebration… a splendiferous gathering of old and young because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is… everyone! The music mixes conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) with homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion.

Cost of Admission: $25

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.

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.