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Shabbat Hanukkah

Friday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for Erev Shabbat services on Friday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. At this special Hanukkah Shabbat we are asking that you bring your Hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) and 5 candles. There will also be a latke tasting! Bring a plate of latkes to share at the oneg (no meat, pork or peanut ingredients – please only use 100% vegetable or canola oil). The TNT Ramblers will be playing at the festive oneg.

Hanukkah Spot: A Pop-Up Miracle: Annual Community Candle Lighting & Celebration

Saturday evening December 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us on Saturday evening December 6 at 6:00 p.m. when we will again light the Hanukkah candles as well as sing songs, hear different bands perform and make gelt and crafts. There will be a Yad B’yad Letters Booth and, of course, donuts! Please bring a canned good item for the collection. At 7:30 will be the Teen Battle of the Bands.

All events will take place in the Hinck Building atrium, right outside the Bow Tie Claridge theater at 486 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.

This community wide Hanukkah event is made possible by Bnai Keshet, Congregations Beth Ahm and Shomrei Emunah, Temple Ner Tamid and Temple Sholom of West Essex. We express our deep gratitude to Dick Grabowski for making the space at the Hinck Building available to us. 


Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.

The next J-Lab will take place on Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. J-Lab is a new learning environment offering a variety of opportunities that you can select based on your interest on that given day. This session we will offer:

  • Jewish Boot Camp – Friday Night Lights: The Shabbat Table with Cantor Meredith Greenberg
  • Movement & Meditation – Bring your mat, relax, breath and stretch. Take some time to decompress – you need it! We’ve got yoga, chanting and meditation in sotre. We’ll even add some Israeli self-defense (Krav-Maga) to round it out.
  • Culture & Current Issues – Interfaith @ TNT: A Conversation with Ner Tamid congregant, Dorothy Rogers.

J-Lab begins immediately after tefillah. Have a nosh, chat with friends, then choose a class.

Upcoming Dates: January 11; February 8; March 15

Volunteers Needed for Hospital Work

December 24 and 25, 2014

The Temple membership has the opportunity to volunteer to help out in a variety of tasks at Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson. As in previous years, the hospital staff needs our help for about two hours. This time off allows staff and other volunteers some time to enjoy their holidays.  Tasks include activities at the front desk, telephone inquiries and whatever is else is requested such as operating the gift shop or errands for a staff member.

This is time well spent and a good mitzvah as well. There is still plenty of time left for a movie and Chinese food.

If you would like to participate, contact Harvey Morginstin for your scheduled date and time at 973-338-6408 or hhayimm@gmail.com.

Scholar-In-Residence Shabbaton with Reb Simcha Raphael

"Judaism and the Mysteries of Life, Death and the World Beyond"

Friday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Erev Shabbat - 
Joseph's Bones and the Jewish Tradition of Memory
As his life ends, Joseph requests of his brothers to return his bones to Canaan, his ancestral homeland. Four hundred years later, as the Israelites leave Egypt, Moses carried Joseph's bones with him on the journey towards freedom. In this presentation we explore this image of “Joseph's bones” and discover how a sense of connection between the world of the living and the world of the dead has been part of Jewish experience throughout the ages.

Saturday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning - Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night”: Moses’ Death in Torah and Midrash
From the descriptions of Moses’ response to his imminent death as found in both Torah and Midrash, it is clear that Moses did not “go gentle into that good night” but did “rage, rage against the dying of the light,” arguing with God, as he often did in his lifetime. We shall see how Moses himself went through the stages of dying, depicted by Dr. Kubler-Ross, eventually accepting his own death with spiritual wisdom and equanimity.

Shabbat Afternoon Lunch & Learn - Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Jewish Mysticism
An exploration of texts delineating teachings on the afterlife journey of the soul, particularly in Kabbalah and Hasidism. We shall investigate practical applications of Judaism's teachings on life after death in dealing with death, dying and mourning, and the connection between stages of the afterlife journey and contemporary Jewish mourning rituals.

Please click here to RSVP for lunch 

Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Havdalah / Motzei Shabbat - Twilight Between Worlds: Tales of Ghosts, Spirits and Reincarnating Souls
As darkness descends, the crack between the worlds becomes apparent. Through the story- telling traditions of Jewish folk religion we shall enter the invisible worlds populated by ghosts, lost souls, haunting spirits, dybbukim, and heavenly angelic guides.

Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, and ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as a Rabbinic Pastor. He is Founding Director of DA’AT INSTITUTE for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He teaches Jewish mysticism in the Jewish Studies program of Temple University, and is in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, affiliated with Mt Airy Counseling Center. For over three decades, Simcha has worked as a death awareness educator, and is author of numerous publications including Jewish Views of the Afterlife.

Reb Simcha Raphael’s appearance is made possible by the generosity of Shirley Cobert in memory of her beloved husband, Maxwell Cobert (z"l). 

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. 


Save the Date: Celebrate TNT 2015

Ner Tamid, the name of our congregation, translated to Eternal Light. It means a promise to each other, which I invite you to make as we prepare to celebrate at our annual Gala on the Saturday evening, January 24, 2015.  

The promise is this: the light that endures comes from each of us. It neither lights itself nor burns alone. Each of us supplies the spark and the fuel, with the light emanating outwards from one person to the next, forming a network of community that illuminates and warms us.

To highlight Ner Tamid’s theme of community, this year’s Gala will honor the 10th anniversary of our Chesed “Kindness” Committee, whose remarkable efforts to reach out to those in need has touched hundreds of members over the years by providing meals, visits and rides. No doubt their warmth has touched you or someone you know in the congregation.

And, it is why we invite you to join us at this community event – to assure that enduring light warms you and others – by coming together in celebration and festive fundraising.

Just as Ner Tamid encourages you to engage in our community, however it is meaningful to you, there are multiple opportunities to participate in this year’s Gala in whatever way your talent and schedule permit. 

  • Attend!
  • Donate an item or service to the silent auction—one section of which will emphasize community-building opportunities like making a meal for another family.  If not from you, maybe you can approach a merchant or restaurant you frequent.
  • Express your appreciation for the kindness provided by our Chesed committee with a personal ad, or new this year, list your name on a congratulatory page in the Gala program.
  • Take out an Ad to highlight your service or company in the Gala program. 
  • Volunteer to help with the event—there are many small tasks, such as cooking or baking.

To make a donation to the auction, or to volunteer, please email: NerTamidGALA@gmail.com. To feature a business or place a dedication in the Gala program, complete and return the Ad Journal Form.

The Temple is here to provide the lamp – our Ner Tamid. It is up to each of us to provide the spark and the fuel that will make it an enduring and eternal light for our community. Please join us as we illuminate and celebrate our Ner Tamid on January 24. 

RSVP by Friday, January 16. 
Reservations are $50 per person by January 16. After January 16 the price per person increases to $60 per person. Be a sponsor for $100 per person. Bring friends and reserve a table of 10 for $450 (must be done by January 16).

Click here to register today. 

Lunch With the Rabbi

Tuesday, January 13 at 12:00 pm

Join Rabbi Kushner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (October through June) at Ner Tamid for a guided reading and discussion of Ruth Calderon's book A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales.Calderon, a Talmud scholar, was recently elected to Israel's Knesset. She electrified Israel and the Jewish world by teaching Talmud in the Israeli Parliament.

Bring your own dairy or parve lunch and your appetite for discussion of this insightful and wonderfully written book.

Upcoming Dates: February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9
Cost: $18 - includes cost of the book

Save the Date: URJ Regional Shabbaton at Ner Tamid

Saturday, January 31, 2015 ~ Shabbat Shirah

Please save the date for study and prayer at the URJ Regional Shabbaton taking place this year at Temple Ner Tamid. At the end of our day of ‘food for the body, mind and soul’, we will welcome “Song of the Turtledove”, a dramatic concert based on the Biblical Song of Songs – Shir Hashirim. Through a mix of text, world music and song (classical, jazz and flamenco), the unfolding of an erotic relationship becomes the doorway to spiritual transformation.

Registration information coming soon!

6thAnnual Concert for Haiti

Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation (67 Church Street, Montclair)

Music by Steve Forbert, Bohio Music, Zing Experience, Passing Notes, Big Mamou, The Cliff Notes, Cantor Meredith Greenberg and Leora Perlman, Jazz house Kids Dynasty Band with Melissa Walker. To get your tickets visit Terra Tea in the public library, Watchung Booksellers or online at Ticket Leap (http://outpost.ticketleap.com/haiti-2015. Tickets are $22 in advance / $25 at the door.

For event or volunteer information contact Cindy Stagoff at cstagoff@comcast.net.