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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 Parliment.

Bring your lunch and your appetite for discussion of this insightful and wonderfully written book.

Upcoming dates: November 18 (note -- 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.

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 just 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.

It is highly recommended to also take the Hebrew Language class.

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.

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

Palestinian Peace Activist Al Abu Awwad Visits Montclair Synagogue

Monday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Palestinian activist Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother during the 2003 conflict over Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza yet chose to promote dialogue and trust over revenge and hatred, after he met others at Bereaved Families Forum who’d had a child or sibling killed by someone on the other side.

He will be at Bnai Keshet, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair to describe his journey on Monday October 6, at 8:00 pm. The presentation, co-sponsored by Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Greater MetroWest, Congregation Shomrei Emunah and Temple Ner Tamid, is free and open to all.

Abu Awwad, 42, is one of a half dozen Israelis and Palestinians whose role in Bereaved Families Forum and grassroots work with young Palestinians was featured in the 2006 documentary, Encounter Point. He teaches that Palestinians will achieve greater freedom through non-violent change than revenge.

At work on a book, Painful Hope, Abu Awwad, together with Rabbi Hanan Schlessinger and others, this year formed "Roots," a group based in the West Bank area of Gush Etzion that promotes dialog and trust between Israelis and Palestinians as the way to peace.

Abu Awwad reaches out to Palestinians and Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. He grew up in a political family near Beit Ummar, a village near Hebron in the West Bank. As a young activist, he founded Al Tariq (The Way), which teaches his people the principles of nonviolent resistance.

Jailed by Israel for stone throwing and being a member of a Palestinian political party during the Palestinian uprisings of 1987-1993, Abu Awwad demanded to see his mother who was also imprisoned and went on a 17-day hunger strike that helped him appreciate the power of nonviolence as taught by Gandhi and others.

During the second Palestinian uprising in 2000-03, Abu Awwad was shot by an Israeli settler and sent to Saudi Arabia for treatment; during his recovery, he got word his brother was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint. At that point, he turned to Bereaved Families Forum and began to channel his pain and anger into bridging the divide between Israelis and Palestinians.

Abu Awwad frequently speaks about his journey to American Jewish groups and individuals.  In the last year, he launched Roots/Judur/Shorashim: the Palestinian Israeli initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence, and Reconciliation, on the site of his family’s land in the West Bank.

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!

Scholar-In-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Jeff Salkin - Registration Now Open

October 17, 18 and 19

Please join with us as we welcome Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin as our Scholar-in-Residence. The theme for the weekend is titled Martini Judaism: For Those Who Want to Be Shaken and Stirred.

Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Session 1 – The Gods Are Broken! The legend of Abraham breaking his father’s idols is Judaism’s most famous (non-biblical) story. Do Jews still have the courage to break contemporary idols? What does brokenness mean in Jewish text and history?

Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m.
Session 2 – In the Beginning: Rabbi Salkin will participate in our monthly Casual Minyan, where we learn from each other by wrestling with the sacred texts. For this Shabbat morning, the day after Simchat Torah, we engage ourselves with the very first words of Genesis.

Saturday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Shabbat Lunch and Afternoon Study Session
Session 3 – Jewish History: Going with the Flow: So you think that Jewish history is boring and/or difficult to learn? A unique visual map of Jewish history will help you understand our story in a new way, so that we can examine how it may actually all fit together.

Registration is requested for this session so that we can ensure we have enough lunch for all. Please register by clicking here.

Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Singing and studying with a nosh and some wineSession 4 – Fixing the Broken Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Texts: This year, the poet-singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen turned 80, and he continues to grow in popularity. Many of his songs are, in fact, Jewish texts. We will sing and study Who By Fire, The Story of Isaac, If It Be Your Will, and Hallelujah.

Regisration is requested for this session. Please register by clicking here.

Sunday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. ~ A study session for parents with coffee and a nosh
Session 5 – Parenting Jewishly: Over the years, there have been numerous child rearing gurus: Benjamin Spock, T. Berry Brazelton, Penelope Leach. But there are Jewish ways to raise kids as well – and that means asking ourselves some challenging questions about the Jewish future. Join Rabbi Salkin as we ponder “what does it mean to raise Jewish kids in the 21st century”?

About Rabbi Salkin – Rabbi Jeff Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most quoted rabbis. His essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Forward, Wall Street Journal, and Moment. He has a regular blog – http://www.jewishjournal.com/martini_judaism. He has also written for scholarly journals and encyclopedias. He has served congregations, created an adult study institute, produced religious television shows, and has worked as a Jewish communal executive and activist. Rabbi Salkin presently divides his time between writing, teaching, and serving as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am in Bayonne, NJ.

Rabbi Salkin’s appearance is made possible by the generosity of Tamar Weiss in memory of her husband, Emil (z"l), who was the first-ever president of Temple Ner Tamid.

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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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.