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SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Governor Jack Markell will be the inaugural speaker of the Helen and Alfred Mackler Memorial Lectureship.

The Lectureship, designed specifically to celebrate the State of Israel, was created to honor the memories of Helen and Al Mackler (z"l), two of the most beloved members of Temples Ner Tamid and B'nai Zion. Because of their deep passion for both Israel and the Jewish community of Bloomfield, we have established this lectureship the proceeds from which will help send students to Israel on high school educational programs. The Lectureship and it's corresponding Scholarship are underwritten by a grant from the Joseph Alexander Foundation.

Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) is a former resident of Montclair and member of Temple Ner Tamid as well as a close friend of the Mackler family.

Born in Newark, Delaware, Markell is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago. Markell entered a career in business, working as a banker, consultant and senior manager for First Chicago Corporation, McKinsey & Company and Comcast Corporation. He also worked for Nextel Communications (a name that Markell coined) as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development from 1989 to 1995.

Entering a career in politics, Markell served three terms as the State Treasurer of Delaware from 1999 to 2009 and was first elected Governor in 2008 and was sworn in on January 20, 2009. Delaware's first Jewish governor, Markell was elected to a second term in 2012. As Governor, Markell served as the Chairperson to both the Democratic Governors Association, from 2010 to 2011, and the National Governors Association, from 2012 to 2013.

The Joseph Alexander Foundation is named in memory of Joseph Alexander, elder brother of Helen (Alexander) Mackler. It is dedicated to supporting Jewish charities, as well as other reputable programs and projects, throughout the world.  Helen and Al Mackler were founding Trustees. The current Trustees are Harvey Mackler, Randi (Mackler) Windheim, Alexander Snyder-Mackler, Justin Windheim and Jessica Rosenberg.

Please reserve Sunday afternoon, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. to join with us as we welcome Governor Markell and the family of Helen and Al Mackler back to Ner Tamid. 

Passover Service Schedule

Eighth Day Pesach Yizkor Service
Tuesday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Guest Speaker Cantor Robin Anne Joseph

Friday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m.

“The Life of A Kidney: One Woman’s Journey Through Organ Donation and One Kidney’s Journey From One Life to Another”.

Cantor Joseph serves Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, as cantor and will be sharing her very personal story of organ donation at the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. Resources on how you can learn more about becoming a donor will be provided.

Community Yom HaShoah Observance

Sunday night, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair for the annual community Yom HaShoah observance. This year the guest speaker is Ed Bindel. Ed, a survivor of the Shoah, is the chair of the MetroWest Holocaust Survivor Twinning Program. Immediately following the memorial service, all are welcome to continue at B'nai Keshet, 99 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, for the reading of the names vigil.


Building a Jewish Mindfulness Practice

First class to meet on Thursday, May 1 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. Registration is required and the fee is $120 for current Temple Ner Tamid members and $180 for non-members.

Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19.

Harry Ettlinger, original "Monuments Man", to speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Harry Ettlinger, the only survivor of the original handful of Monuments Men assigned by the U.S. army in 1943 to hunt for Nazi-looted artwork and help return it to its owners, will be the guest speak at the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, May 2. The service begins at 8 pm.

The story of the Monuments Men was recently dramatized in a George Clooney film. Join with us to hear the real story from one who was there.

Here is a link to a recent article on Mr. Ettlinger -- http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2014/02/the-last-of-the-monuments-men.html

Temple Ner Tamid Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 6 / 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Here is an opportunity to do a serious mitzvah. If you save one life, you have saved the world. Temple members are again invited to participate in the spring blood drive to be held in the Bloodmobile in the parking lot of the Temple on Wednesday May 6, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations for specific time slots every 20 minutes may be made by contacting Harvey Morginstin, 973-338-6408. Kindly leave a message, or send an e-mail to hhayimm@gmail.com. If you just want to just show up to donate, that’s OK.

What Happened to My Kid?!

Thursday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Springtime brings with it many changes such as daylight savings time, school ending and camp beginning, and for some the end of the preschool experience. Join us for an important workshop, led by Tricia Stern, LCSW, as we talk about and plan strategies for these transitions as well as other important life changes such as birth of a sibling and how they affect kids, their behaviors, and even their brains. Please RSVP to Arlene Sherman at asherman@nertamid.org.

Save the Date: Saturday, May 10

Dine Around and Home Grown Havdalah Café. Cocktail parties and dinners at people's homes, followed by dessert and concert at the Temple. More details coming soon.

Ner Tamid Friday Night Speaker Series

Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. – Archaeology and Life in Ancient Israel

Michael Sugerman, Senior Lecturer and Chief Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst, will speak about his archaeological dig in Akko, Israel, and his discoveries and perspectives of life in historic Israel. Sugerman received his doctorate in Anthropology from Harvard University and has worked on archaeological excavations in Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. Come learn about life in ancient Israel and the politics of archaeology in contemporary Israel.

Temple Ner Tamid expresses its deep gratitude to Shirley Cobert for sponsoring this speaker series in memory of her late husband, Maxwell “Mac” Cobert.

Journey Through Grief

A Support Group for Men & Women Struggling with Loss

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is currently accepting registration for…..A Journey through Grief- A support group for men and women who have lost a spouse or significant other and are struggling with their loss and sorrow.  A support group can be a safe and confidential experience where group members can express their feelings in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.  For more information and to register, please contact Anne Mollen, LCSW at 973-765-9050 ext. 1721 or amollen@jfsmetrowest.org.  This group will be taking place at the JFS office in Florham Park, NJ. 

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.