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Lunch With the Rabbi - Registration Now Open

First class Tuesday, October 14 at 12:00 pm

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.

Dates: November 18 (this is not the 2nd Tuesday); December 9; January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9
Cost: $18 - includes cost of the book

Please click here to register.


Sunday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m.

A new learning environment offering a variety of opportunities that you can select based on your interest on that given day. On each of the Sundays listed below we’ll offer a class in each of the following themed tracks:

  • Jewish Boot Camp – Want to boost your Jewish literacy? Give it a try!
  • Movement & Meditation – Feel a little stressed? Get in some yoga time!
  • Culture & Current Issues – How about a cooking class? A discussion on parenting or interfaith issue? Come sit in on a session!

J-Lab begins immediately after tefillah. Have a nosh, chat with friends, then choose a class.

Dates: October 19; November 16; December 21; January 11; February 8; March 15

An 8-Week Mindfulness Program in A Jewish Context

First class to meet on October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweiss are offering a class for those who would like to develop a meditation and mindfulness practice and would appreciate a structured step-by-step approach. Over 8 weeks we will introduce guided practices that teach us how to cultivate our attention and shift from a mode of mind that is oriented toward “doing” to a more spacious mode of mind that rests in “being”.  These include focusing on the breath as an anchor for our attention, sensing the body, mindful movement, awareness of sounds and thoughts and befriending our experience among others.

This class is an opportunity to pause in the midst of our hectic lives, to calm our bodies and minds, and connect deeply with our hearts and our tradition.  Each session will include teachings from a Jewish perspective. A kavannah (intention) based on Jewish concepts, values, the Torah portion or calendar time will guide our time together as we cultivate the qualities of wisdom, compassion and kindness from a Jewish perspective.

Participants will be asked to practice between 20-30 minutes each day for 5-6 days a week.

This class is appropriate to both beginners and those with some meditation experience. We will provide an inclusive and welcoming environment that is accessible to all. No meditation experience or Jewish knowledge is necessary. You are welcome just as you are.

The class will meet from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Temple members are asked to pay $120 per student to Temple Ner Tamid. Non-members are welcome as well, at a rate of $180.

The dates are: October 20 and 27; November 3, 10, 17 and 24; December 1 and 8.

Please click here to register.

I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary

Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid

The Global Education Center of Montclair State University and Harry A. Sprague Library present author and journalist Marianne Szegedy-Maszak (New York Times, Esquire, etc.). Ms. Szegedy-Maszak recounts her parents’ life and escape from Hungary during the war. The daughter of a Hungarian and Christian diplomat father and a mother from a wealthy Jewish industrialist family, their story provides a glimpse of Hungarian Jewish life during the tumultuous period.

This presentation is part of the 70th Anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission to Save the Last Jews of Europe – A series of lectures, films and special events.

Do Not Stand Idly By Assembly at Ner Tamid

Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 pm

If you want a gun industry committed to safety, responsible sales, and helping law enforcement get guns off the street, you have a powerful tool --your tax dollars. Be part of a national campaign to use this leverage to save lives.

On the agenda:

  • Recognition and thanks for the public officials in New Jersey who are helping lead this effort
  • Responses from other officials: Will they join us?
  • Public call for leadership from Governor Christie and state legislators on New Jersey’s approach to “smart guns”
  • Plans for coordinated national actions on November 10 at 1:00 pm (PLEASE HOLD THE DATE)

“A promising strategy to promote best practices in the gun industry.” -- US Conference of Mayors

“The groundwork is already being laid for this evolution in the gun debate. Indeed, there’s a compelling new school of thought emerging on how best to confront the epidemic of gun violence in America. It’s brilliant.” -- Cleveland Plain Dealer


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. All gatherings begin at 7:00 p.m.

  • 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

Hebrew Language Instruction

Beginning Sunday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Interested in learning the alef-bet? What to polish up your Hebrew? Would you like to be more fluent with your prayers at Shabbat services? This year, we are offering a Beginning Hebrew class. By the end of the year expect to have learned the alef-bet and feel comfortable reading the prayers in Hebrew in the siddur.

The class will meet on Sunday mornings whenever Religious School is in session beginning Sunday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $180 plus cost of materials. $120 plus cost of materials for students enrolled in the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class.

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Make Real and Lasting Change One Week at a Time with Mussar Yoga

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Mussar Yoga skillfully blends an ancient, Jewish, spiritual practice of self-inquiry and change with Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga. It empowers you to live a more whole and holy life--to connect more fully to the Divine within.

Join Edith Brotman, author of Mussar Yoga for a workshop at which you will learn more about this artful blend of an ancient, Jewish spiritual practice of self-inquiry and change with Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga. We will be working on the traits (middot) of humility, equanimity and trust. Expect a combination of yoga poses and discussion. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of the basic Mussar Yoga practices in order to begin your own transformative Mussar Yoga journey.

To register please contact Laurie Schifano at lschifano@nertamid.org.

Price: $5

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

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Adult B'nai Mitzvah - Registration Now Open

Temple Ner Tamid is once again offering its Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class. This is your opportunity to learn more about Judaism; prepare for the bar/bat mitzvah that you never had; or to have another chance to make it meaningful.

Taught by both Rabbi Kushner and Cantor Greenberg, 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 our d'var for the B'nai Mitzvah ceremony in the spring of 2016.

This is a very rewarding experience for everyone.

The Hebrew Language class is highly recommended for participants.  

Thursday evenings, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Starting Thursday, November 6
$180 per year (this is a two year program) 

Please click here to register.

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.