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Ner Tamid to Partner with Human Needs Food Pantry and Brookdale ShopRite

Ner Tamid has formed a partnership with Human Needs Food Pantry and Brookdale ShopRite to collect food for the hungry in our community. Our friend Amy Winkelman has done a great job getting us stated. Thanks Amy!

Now, we need your help. Summer is a tough time for hungry children and families as there are no school breakfasts or lunches.  

We will be collecting food at the Brookdale Shoprite, the community minded grocery store, on the following Sundays from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. We meet at the store on:

  • Sunday August 2
  • Sunday September 6

There will be three shifts each day – 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (delivering food to Human Needs Food Pantry). 

Please let Jeff Plaut know which shifts you can volunteer by emailing him at jplaut@globalstrategygroup.com. Partial shifts fine, too.

The work is easy and we get a GREAT response. Perfect for families/kids, too. 

All the food goes to the Human Needs Food Pantry.

Also, if you have a truck – or are willing to pay for a truck for the collected food – please let Jeff that, too.

Lori Price Abrams to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Lori Price Abrams, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 7. Her topic is titled “Retail - Wholesale: Living the Service, Activism and Advocacy Spectrum for Social Justice." 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.

Lori Price Abrams is a registered lobbyist in MWW’s Trenton office with more than two decades of experience in public policy, government and community relations, and is formerly a practicing attorney. Lori represents a diverse client base including health sector clients, varied business sectors, as well as non-profit organizations.  

A strategic advocate for her clients, Lori is recognized on the team as bringing focused attention to policy details, strengthening legislation, facilitating collaborative approaches with disparate partners and galvanizing them to effective action on behalf of her clients. Such efforts have yielded funding in the state budget to protect vulnerable populations, legislation to encourage charitable giving in New Jersey and to divest state pension funds from companies doing business in Iran’s energy sector. 

Prior to her work at MWW, Lori spent most of her professional career in the non-profit sector engaged in public policy, and her knowledge in the operations of non-profit organizations enriches her representation and ability to build strategic partnerships for clients.  

Lori expresses her commitment to social justice through her current board service – as Vice President for Tikkun Olam of Temple Ner Tamid, founding officer of Emerge NJ, as a member of the boards of trustees of NJ Center for Non-Profits and NJ Citizen Action. In June 2014 Lori was elected to the Essex County Democratic Committee, representing the Fourth District in the Third Ward of Montclair. She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall.

The Erev Shabbat service, which will be led by Lisa Korn and Brian O’Reilly, begins at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will precede the service at 6:00 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Volunteers Needed to Serve Guests at Bloomfield Soup Kitchen

August 12

Temple Ner Tamid is partnering with the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services, Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN), the Partner with the Bloomfield Faith Based Community and Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) to host dinners for the hungry and homeless at the Bloomfield Park Methodist Church on July 15 and August 12. Volunteers are needed those days from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to set up, serve the guests and clean up. If you would like to help on either evening, please contact Sharyn Mandell at 201-463-8698 or  sharynknows@aol.com.

Jim Axelrod to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Jim Axelod, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 14. His topic is titled “It's All We've Got. The Best Blessing of All: Our Capacity for Connection." 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. 

Jim Axelrod is the anchor of the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and a national correspondent for CBS News. He lives in Montclair with his wife, Christina, and three children, Emma, Will, and Bobby. Jim is also the author of "In the Long Run," published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

The Erev Shabbat service, which will be led by Derek Caney and Bob Mellman, begins at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will precede the service at 6:00 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public. 

Prospective New Member Reception

Sunday, August 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

There will be a prospective new member event on Sunday, August 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The clergy will be attending as well as Iris Schwartz to answer any questions folks may have. There will also be other board members and congregants available as well. And yes, food and beverages. We are Jews, after all. If you have any friends shopping for a Shul, a warm and welcoming progressive community, please let them know and ask that they call Laurie Schifano at the Temple for complete location information. We’re encouraging you to reach out to your friends and invite them to find out about Ner Tamid.

Kenneth Cohen to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Ken Cohen will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 21. His topic is topic is titled “Jewish Commitment to the Pursuit of Justice”. 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.

Ken Cohen, current Temple Ner Tamid member, has been a practicing attorney for 35 years. Upon graduation from law school, he was a public defender for six years. Following that he represented people seeking compensation for serious injuries.

The Erev Shabbat service will be led by Ken Cohen and Jodi Nussbaum and will begin at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will precede the service at 6:00 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Ken Traum to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. 

Ken Traum, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, September 4. His topic is titled “The Jews of Girona, Spain until 1492." 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.

Ken and his wife, Diane Lavenda, are long  time members of Temple Ner Tamid. They have two children, Daniel, who is attending medical school and living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Alex, a lawyer, living in New York, with his wife, Lara, who is attending law school. Ken recently spent several days in Girona, Spain and was introduced by a tour guide to the significant and lengthy presence of a Jewish community in Girona.

The Erev Shabbat service, which will be led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman, begins at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will precede the service at 6:00 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public. 

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