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Mindfully Experiencing the Light and the Dark/Spiritual Preparation for Hanukkah

Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Bnai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

Hanukkah is a time to focus on light. During this season we bring awareness to the ways we experience darkness and light. Lighting small lights help us peer into the darkness, so that we can illuminate whatever is present – our vulnerability, fear, strengths, joy, beauty and pain - with gentleness and compassion.

Join us for a day of Mindfulness Meditation exploring how Hanukkah can be lived as a practice of growth and hope that is a source of light during the darkest time of the year. This 1/2 day will incorporate chant, study, discussion, gentle movement and periods of silent mindfulness meditation.

Led by: Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweiss.
Fee: $25
Please click here to register. 

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

Purimspiel 2015

Auditions to take place on Sunday, December 7

Auditions for this year's 'spiel will be on Sunday, December 7th, from 1:00 until 4:00. We will read through the script, taking turns reading parts, and sing all the songs as a group. There will be rehearsals most Sundays, where we work individual songs and scenes, so most cast members will be needed for only an hour or two most weeks, with the occasional week off. From mid-February on, however, it will be the full cast for the full four hours each Sunday. Dress rehearsals at local Jewish nursing homes will be the evenings of Tuesday, March 3rdand Thursday, March 5th, with the Temple performance on Saturday, March 7th.

Interested TNT members are encouraged to come on December 7th, even if you can't commit to being in the play. We also need folks who can help build the sets and costumes, find the props, hang the lights, design the program, help with “kid-wrangling,” contact the nursing homes, etc. If you can commit to even a small amount of time, we'll find a role for you. Kids, seven or older, are also encouraged to join us, as long as their parents are willing to participate at some level. If you are interested, but unavailable on December 7th, contact Brian O'Reilly at 973-746-0316.  Don't miss this opportunity or this December 7th could be another “date that will live in infamy.”

Volunteers Needed for Hospital Work

December 24 and 25, 2014

The Temple membership has the opportunity to volunteer to help out in a variety of tasks at Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson. As in previous years, the hospital staff needs our help for about two hours. This time off allows staff and other volunteers some time to enjoy their holidays.  Tasks include activities at the front desk, telephone inquiries and whatever is else is requested such as operating the gift shop or errands for a staff member.

This is time well spent and a good mitzvah as well. There is still plenty of time left for a movie and Chinese food.

If you would like to participate, contact Harvey Morginstin for your scheduled date and time at 973-338-6408 or hhayimm@gmail.com.

Lunch With the Rabbi

Tuesday, December 9 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.

Upcoming Dates: January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9
Cost: $18 - includes cost of the book


Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.

The next J-Lab will take place on Sunday, November 16 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 – Friday Night Lights: The Shabbat Table with Cantor Meredith Greenberg
  • Movement & Meditation – Bring your mat, relax, breath and stretch. Take some time to decompress – you need it! We’ve got yoga, chanting and meditation in sotre. We’ll even add some Israeli self-defense (Krav-Maga) to round it out.
  • Culture & Current Issues – Interfaith @ TNT: A Conversation with Ner Tamid congregant, Dorothy Rogers.

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

Upcoming Dates: January 11; February 8; March 15

Save the Date: Celebrate TNT 2015

Ner Tamid, the name of our congregation, translated to Eternal Light. It means a promise to each other, which I invite you to make as we prepare to celebrate at our annual Gala on the Saturday evening, January 24, 2015.  

The promise is this: the light that endures comes from each of us. It neither lights itself nor burns alone. Each of us supplies the spark and the fuel, with the light emanating outwards from one person to the next, forming a network of community that illuminates and warms us.

To highlight Ner Tamid’s theme of community, this year’s Gala will honor the 10th anniversary of our Chesed “Kindness” Committee, whose remarkable efforts to reach out to those in need has touched hundreds of members over the years by providing meals, visits and rides. No doubt their warmth has touched you or someone you know in the congregation.

And, it is why we invite you to join us at this community event – to assure that enduring light warms you and others – by coming together in celebration and festive fundraising.

Just as Ner Tamid encourages you to engage in our community, however it is meaningful to you, there are multiple opportunities to participate in this year’s Gala in whatever way your talent and schedule permit. 

  • Attend!
  • Donate an item or service to the silent auction—one section of which will emphasize community-building opportunities like making a meal for another family.  If not from you, maybe you can approach a merchant or restaurant you frequent.
  • Express your appreciation for the kindness provided by our Chesed committee with a personal ad, or new this year, list your name on a congratulatory page in the Gala program.
  • Take out an Ad to highlight your service or company in the Gala program. 
  • Volunteer to help with the event—there are many small tasks, such as cooking or baking.

To make a donation to the auction, or to volunteer, please email: NerTamidGALA@gmail.com. To feature a business or place a dedication in the Gala program, complete and return the Ad Journal Form.

The Temple is here to provide the lamp – our Ner Tamid. It is up to each of us to provide the spark and the fuel that will make it an enduring and eternal light for our community. Please join us as we illuminate and celebrate our Ner Tamid on January 24. 

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.