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Sarah Segal to Speak at Ner Tamid

Sarah Segal, a Montclair resident and current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 1. Her topic is titled A New Chapter for the Jewish Publication Society.” 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 Jewish Publication Society (JPS) is the oldest not-for-profit Jewish publisher in the U.S. and the preeminent publisher of books at the heart of Jewish culture in the English reading world. These include the JPS TANAKH, the most widely read English translation of the Hebrew Bible, Bible commentaries, and hundreds of classic books about Jewish history and thought. Learn about JPS’s rich legacy, its award-winning titles, and how its innovative business model has breathed new life into this important Jewish organization.

Sarah Kroloff Segal is the director of development and communications for The Jewish Publication Society.

The Kabbalat Shabbat service, which will be led by Derek Caney and Roger Segal, 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 Tikkun Olam Meeting

Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to participate in a discussion about the community's Tikkun Olam (aka - social justice) priorities for the coming program year. Building upon some areas of active interest and community support, the hope of this meeting is to pair those priorities with the leaders who will step forward to make them opportunities for active synagogue engagement.

We know from the TNT 2020 report, and based upon our own experience in participating and leading others to participate in Tikkun Olam initiatives, that this is a wonderful way to become engaged in the Ner Tamid community and deepen connections to others.

Some areas for consideration are the following -- and we are open to others:

Issues:

  1. Hunger
  2. Gun Violence
  3. Environment/Energy
  4. Homelessness -- (Note: Ner Tamid community is hosting families of the Interfaith Hospitality Network in August 2014 -!)
  5. Literacy
  6. Human Trafficking
  7. LGBT issues

Initiatives:

  1. Interfaith Service Corps
  2. Community Garden/CSA
  3. Tikkun Olam through the Arts
  4. Intergenerational project

Communication:

  1. Interface with Ner Tamid office re: website and other updates
  2. Tikkun Olam e-newsletter
  3. Other communications with key audiences

Please note that our activities are of a few varieties:

  •  "one shot" events (eg., an educational program), 
  • on-going project with different volunteers (eg., the Shop-Rite food collection program), or 
  • on-going cadre of activists which allows deep connections with others  (eg., the service corps we hope to establish).

Please consider where your passion lies -- and come willing to help prioritize and join (or lead!) an initiative.  The Committee can only embrace the initiatives for which we have leadership to take it on.

Kindly respond by to Lori Price Abrams at loripriceabrams@gmail.com by Thursday 7/24.  A more detailed agenda will follow to those who confirm attendance.

Tisha B’Av Observance

Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Temple Ner Tamid and Bnai Keshet will join together in a collaborative observance of Tisha B’Av on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid.

It is the day we remember the destruction of both Temples that once stood in Jerusalem as well as a number of other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the course of history.

Join together for a Maariv service – meditative chanting and the opportunity to experience the reading of Lamentations.

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 1 – Worship Leaders: Derek Caney and Roger Segal. Guest Speaker: Sarah SegalSarah Segal, a Montclair resident and current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Her topic is titled “A New Chapter for the Jewish Publication Society.”
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Ronni Pressman and Randy Loew

Friday, August 8 – Worship Leaders: Ken Cohen and Jodi Nussbaum. Guest Speaker: Bob Mellman
Bob Mellman, a Montclair resident and current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. His topic is titled “Highway 61: Abraham, Isaac, Robert Johnson, and Bob Dylan at the Crossroads”.
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Morty Bernstein and Marge Grayson

Friday, August 15 – Worship Leaders: Judy Anderson, Harvey Morginstin and Anne Laurent. Guest Speaker: Warren Levinson
Warren Levinson, a Glen Ridge resident and current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. His topic is titled “Behind the Scenes at the Sausage Factory: How the news Becomes The News”.
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Dan Herman and Steven Lee

Friday, August 22 – Worship Leaders: Lisa Korn and Ronni Pressman. 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: Ronni Pressman and Stephanie Lurie

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

Bob Mellman to Speak at Ner Tamid

Bob Mellman, a Montclair resident and current member of Temple Ner Tamid, will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 8. His topic is titled “Highway 61: Abraham, Isaac, Robert Johnson, and Bob Dylan at the Crossroads”.

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.

Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" was a turning point in Rock and Roll. Setting the story of the binding of Isaac on the north/south highway that bisects the country, Dylan merged Torah, blues myth, and electric band; a manifesto that announced that Rock and Roll was about more than puppy love.

Robert Mellman is a congregant who, as co-chair of Ner Tamid's Tarbut Committee, has produced and promoted the Havdalah Cafe series, including five rocking Havdylan Cafés.

The Kabbalat Shabbat service, which will be led by Ken Cohen and Jodi Nussbaum, 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. 

Warren Levinson to Speak at Ner Tamid

Warren Levinson will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 15. His topic is titled Behind the Scenes at the Sausage Factory: How the news Becomes The News”.

Warren Levinson is coming up on the 40th anniversary of the first time he ever spoke on the radio for pay. Over those years, he has covered presidential elections, inaugurations, trials, including those of Bernhard Goetz, Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson and ten Olympic Games. He'll tell tales of what he's seen along the way as a general assignment reporter whose portfolio includes "everything from six-party North Korea nuclear talks to singing animal contests."

Warren Levinson is New York correspondent for Associated Press Broadcast Services. He has won Edward R. Murrow awards for 9/11 coverage, as well as for the Miracle on the Hudson and stories about the Olympics. He has been a Ner Tamid member for more than 20 years and is a longtime part of our Purimspiel troupe. He has been known to break into rhyme on the air.

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 Judy Anderson and Anne Laurent, 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.

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 Lisa Korn and Fred Pressman, 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.

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