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Annual Rummage Sale

Sunday, June 5 from 9 am to 3 pm

We need your unwanted clothing, musical instruments, sporting goods, household items, toys, jewelry, CD's, video games, small appliances and miscellaneous tchotchkes!

Donations can be dropped off at the Temple beginning Tuesday, May 31. 

Volunteers are needed to setup on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 3 pm and to assist on sale day with sales and cleanup. Please contact Randy Bouwman at 862-596-5173 or ranbouwman@gmail.com to volunteer!

We cannot accept furniture, books, or any computer equipment.

An Evening of Duets with Cantor Meredith Greenberg & Leora Perlman

Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Duets featuring Cantor Meredith Greenberg & Leora Perlman, with Rohan DeSilva on piano, will take place on Sunday evening, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Shoshana Bass and Yoel Borgenicht in Montclair, NJ.

Tickets are $72 per person. Benefactors are $360 and include two reserved seating concert tickets and a 6:00 p.m. pre-concert light dinner reception with the artists. 

All proceeds to benefit the Academy for Jewish Religion. 

For reservations and information please visit www.ajrsem.org or call 914-709-0900.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday evening, June 11

The Montclair area Tikkun Leil Shavuot will take place this year at Bnai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. As in previous years Ner Tamid will participate as well as Congregation Beth Am, Shomrei Emunah and Temple Shalom. The evening will begin at 7:30 pm. The keynote speaker for the evening is Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

7:30 pm - Musical Ma'ariv service with concurrent children's activities

8:30 pm - Join together for a delightful kiddush

9:00 pm - Keynote address followed by a full evening of study ~ details coming

Midnight - Reading of the Ten Commandments

12:30 to 2 am - Additional study

Mira Wasserman's work as a rabbi and scholar bridges Talmud study, community building and the pursuit of social justice. Mira served as rabbi of Beth Shalom in Bloomington, IN for over a decade and is now Assistant Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She attended rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley, and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Her book Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. In her current book project, she argues for drawing on rabbinic literature -- and on the Talmud in particular -- as a model for contemporary ethical deliberation. 

Mishkan Hanefesh

We are changing prayer books for the High Holy Days. After 36 years of using "Gates of Repentance" our clergy, your Religious Living Committee, and the Board of Trustees have decided to enrich our worship experience by moving to the Reform Movement's newly published, two-volume set, Mishkan Hanefesh.

We will need a minimum of 700 sets - 1 book for Rosh Hashanah and 1 book for Yom Kippur.

We have received a donation from one generous congregant for 200 sets and last year's Confirmation Class has donated an additional 50 sets. We are hoping to raise money for an additional 450 sets in one of two ways:

  • Each Ner Tamid family purchasing one set for $36 (discounted price)
  • Larger donations of multiple volumes from individual Ner Tamid congregants and groups. In each case a bookplate with your name/family name or the name of a loved one will be placed ina  set/s of machzors. 

We would like to raise the remaining funds with such voluntary donations. If we can do so within the next two months we will be eligible for the discounted rate.

We encourage you all to participate in this important fundraising effort by sending in your order form to the Temple office.

If you have any questions you can contact Laurie Schifano at lschifano@nertamid.org or Fred Pressman at fpressman7@me.com.

Tikkun Olam Volunteers - We Need You!

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

Once again 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. We could certainly use your help next month on Sunday, June 26 when we will again be serving another hot meal.

This past Sunday, May 22, the Bloomfield Café, that's the name we’ve given ourselves, served over 45 guests a nutrient meal. This is more guests then we have ever served before for which we are both glad and sorry. Glad because we serve the community and be there for those who are hungry, but sad a the same time because so many more of our neighbors need of our help. Ner Tamid Master Chef’s, Susan Barr, Michael Barr, and their sou chefs, Esme Barr and Rayna Barr prepared a meal of pasta with sausage and fresh tomato sauce, a cold green bean salad, broccoli, salad, and assorted cookies and cakes. Helping the chefs prepare the meal were Fred Pressman, Harvey Morginstin, Phyllis Berman, Sharyn Mandell, and Ron Jacobs. Our chefs couldn't have done this alone without another set of volunteers; Rachel Poggie, Morty Bernstein, Ray Wolfson, Rich Tucker, Nina Tucker, Peter Della Bella, Andrea Brudnicki, Jeffrey Fleisig, Kaila Fleisig, Amy Winkleman, and Ellie Schaeffer for setting up the dining room, serving the meal, and then cleaning up the dining room and kitchen.

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. Our next Bloomfield Café is Sunday, June 26, we hope to see you there.

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

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.

Without our unselfish volunteers we wouldn’t be able to continue with this Tikkun Olam program. On Sunday, May 15, with help from Carolyn Oliner, Martin Baum, Kenny Cohen, Lanny Katz, Susan Katz, Harvey Morginstin, Fred Pressman, Daniel Rosenblum, and  Naomi Serlen we collected more than 250 bags of groceries. Again we use an unusual way to deliver these needed groceries. Instead of a panel truck we navigated the trip from Shoprite to the Human Needs Food pantry using Harvey Morginstin’s vintage skiff in tow piled high with bags and bags of food.  Thanks to all.

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. Our next food collection is on Sunday, June 26. 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. 

http://astore.amazon.com/nertam-20