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Emil R. Weiss Scholar In Residence Weekend with Rabbi Rachel Cowan

Wise Aging: Waking Up to the Rest of Your Life - Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16

Friday, October 14 at 8 pm
Aging Wisely: Living Wisely

Saturday, October 15

  • 10 am - Casual Minyan led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman. Torah Study led by Rabbi Rachel Cowan.
  • 12:30 pm - Kiddush Lunch. RSVP to Laurie Schifano
  • 1:30 pm - Growing in Wisdom: Why Gratitude Matters

Sunday, October 16 at 11:15 am
We Are All Growing Older: Looking Forward to the Years Ahead (for adults of all ages)

Rabbi Rachel Cowan received her ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1989. From 1990-2003 she was Program Director for Jewish Life at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. During that time, Rachel joined with many leading rabbis to create the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, where she was the Executive Director from 2004 - 2011. In 2007 and 2012 she was selected as one of the 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek magazine, and in 2010 was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women rabbis by the Forward. Her book, co-written by Dr. Linda Thal, called Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience & Spirit is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

This Scholar In Residence weekend is generously funded by Tamar Weiss in memory of her husband, Emil Weiss.

An Introduction to Mishkan Ha-Nefesh

For the first time since the founding of Temple Ner Tamid in 1980, we will have a new machzor or High Holy Day liturgy from which to engage these sacred days. Entitled Mishkan Ha-Nefesh ("The Sanctuary of the Soul"), our prayerbook comes now in two volumes, one for Rosh Hashanah and one for Yom Kippur. While we have experimented with elements of this new liturgy over the past three years, the final version is considerably different from the beta-version. And in many ways it is a profound transition from our old "Gates of Repentance". The result will be a more engaging and uplifting worship experience. But like anything that is new, it will also challenge us from the comfort of our habits and expectations.

To this end, we are setting aside the Shabbat just before the High Holy Days to introduce the adjusted Rosh Hashanah liturgy, and the Erev Shabbat in-between to take a closer look at what to expect on Yom Kippur afternoon. The morning of Shabbat Shuvah, Saturday, October 8, will be a Shabbat dedicated to Teshuva/Return using meditation and chant throughout the morning, as has become our custom.

Although much of these new prayerbooks is highly intuitive, and those of us on bimah will help lead you through the service with relative ease, it still helps to know what's coming when you encounter that book on your sanctuary seat. Join us on these Shabbatot in anticipation of our first-date with Mishkan Ha-Nefesh.

  • Erev Shabbat, Friday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m.
    "Mishkan Ha-Nefesh, a first-look"
  • Shabbat Morning, Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m.
    "Why this year's Shofar service will be unlike anything you've heard before"
  • Erev Shabbat, Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.
    "What will make Yom Kippur afternoon the highlight of the Days of Awe"
  • Shabbat Morning, Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m.
    "Breathe and Sing Your Way Into Teshuvah"
A 6-Week Class: Fundamentals of Mindfulness Meditation In A Jewish Context

First class to meet on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. - Tuesday evenings at Temple Ner Tamid

Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweiss are offering a class for those who would like to develop a mindfulness meditation practice and would appreciate a structured step-by-step approach. 

Mindfulness is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us. By deliberately paying more careful moment-to moment attention, we can live more fully and less on “automatic pilot”, thus, more present for our own lives. 

Over six weeks we will introduce guided mindfulness practices that help develop and nourish present moment awareness. These include: using the breath to focus and anchor attention, awareness of sound and bodily sensations, gentle movement, walking and lying down meditations. 

This class is an opportunity to pause in the midst of our hectic lives, to calm our bodies and minds and to shift from a mode of mind oriented toward “doing” to a more spacious mode of mind that rests in “being”. Each session will be framed by a Jewish concept or teaching as we cultivate steadiness, compassion, self acceptance and kindness. 

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. 

The dates are: October 18, 25, November 1, 8 15 and 22

Fee for Class: $120 for members, $180 for non-members. 

Please click here to register.

Introduction to Judaism

Registration is open now!

Class begins at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel on Wednesday, November 9. Learn about Jewish thought and practice. The course is 16-weeks and the registrataion fee is $285 ($260 for members of URJ congregations).

For more information or to register please contact Cantor Caitlin Bromberg or call 212-650-4293.

Tikkun Olam Volunteers - Join our Community in Service to Others

We need your help. We have a variety of Tikkun Olam projects, but not enough volunteers to man them all. Depending on what’s your passion we have a volunteer opportunity that’s just right for you. But, if by chance you don't see that one special project that tickles your fancy, we want to hear where you want to help “repair the world.” 

Here's the list of our current opportunities waiting for your special touch:

  • Bloomfield Café – Soup kitchen partnering with United Park Methodist Church (monthly)
  • Brookdale Shoprite – Collecting food donated for the Human Needs Food Pantry (monthly)
  • Blood Drive – Donate blood (semi-annually)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network – House homeless families; parents and children, in need of shelter (1 week a year)
  • Christmas Holiday Hospital Assistance Program – Relieve hospital staffs who celebrates Christmas (Christmas Eve and day)
  • Temple Rummage Sale – Setup and sell donated clothes and household items (annually)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Network – Assist elderly and infirm Bloomfield residents with simple home repair and cleanup (a couple of weekend days)

Any of these projects require just a couple of hours of your time, and you're never going to be doing them by yourself. It's a great opportunity for families who want to experience community service together, for students looking for mitzvah projects, or for congregants wanting to get to know one another a little better while enjoying a rich rewarding experience. The work isn't hard. You might be tired at the end of the day, but you'll feel great about what you've just accomplished. 

Maybe you're looking for a broader social action opportunity. You want to be involved in an activity that can change the future of a larger constituency which might not necessarily be local. If this is the case contact Lori Price Abrams, VP Tikkun Olam, loripriceabrams@gmail.com to discuss your idea. Get involved! Be a Tikkun Olam volunteer and help “repair the world.” Click here to download your volunteer form today!

Bloomfield Café Feeds the Hungry

Throughout the summer Ner Tamid’s members and friends have dedicated their time and energy in an effort to help those less fortunate. Beginning in the middle of last summer we have been preparing food for our homeless of Bloomfield and Montclair. On the fourth Sunday of every month we use the Park United Methodist Church of Bloomfield’s kitchen and dining room to prepare and serve the community’s homeless a nutrient meal which might be the only meal they have had in some time. Food insecurity is something most of us only read about, but for these men, women, and children face this reality every day. 

You don't have to be a master chef to volunteer. You can help set up and serve. At the end of the day you’ll feel something very special in helping others. Be a joiner. We'd love to see some new faces. You're only volunteering for a couple of hours of work.

Please contact Sharyn Mandell sharynknows@aol.com with any questions or to add your name to the list of volunteer to help.

Please click hear to read more about the wonderful efforts of amazing volunteers and Tikkun Olam Committee.

ShopRite Food Collection

For over more than two years Ner Tamid volunteers in partnership with Brookdale Shoprite collect food donations to help stock the shelves of the Human Needs Food Pantry. This food helps our neighbors who don’t, on a daily basis, have enough to eat. Brookdale Shoprite shoppers’ donations help the elderly, the disabled, the home-bound, the unemployed, and the underemployed working poor meet their family’s food needs. 

So how do we do get these donations? Once a month on a Sunday we stand at the entrance of the Brookdale Shoprite asking shoppers entering the store to buy one or two extra non-perishable items which we collect as exit the store. We hand out flyers explaining who we are and what our mission is with a suggestion of the most needed food items; rice, cereal, baby food, tuna fish, canned vegetables, etc. We never solicit for money. People are always in a hurry, but once they know we are asking for food donations and not money they stop to hear what we have to say. Lots of people give a can or two of food, but others give us much much more; a bag or 2 of food. The generosity of our neighbors is overwhelming.

This is a perfect Tikkun Olam opportunity for the entire family, shoppers have responded very favorably to children giving out fliers. Help us repair the world. Meet other like-minded Ner Tamid members. Please contact Jeff Plaut at jplaut@globalstrategygroup.com, we’d like to see some new faces.

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.