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Prospective New Member Open House

Sunday, August 28 ~ 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Do you know anyone looking for a synagogue? Anyone looking for a religious and spiritual community such as ours? Please pass along this information to any of your friends, or friends of friends if you know any such people. This is our time to introduce interested families to the clergy and religious school personnel, as well as congregants. It’s informal at the home of Lisa Korn, our VP of Membership. Please email Lisa at lisakorn@aol.com to obtain the address. Any prospective member can register by contacting the office at 973-338-1500 or info@nertamid.org. Please help us grow our wonderful community. Of course a nosh will be served. We’re Jews. And remember, this IS NOT AT THE SYNAGOGUE.  

Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Opportunities

Whether a life-long learner or starting from scratch...explore the answers to your questions through this inspiring and empowering adult learning experience! An innovative world-class curriculum created by scholars at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - No tests, no grades, no homework...no Hebrew knowledge required - just enjoy the journey!

Classes are being formed now and will begin in September 2016 right here at Temple Ner Tamid

Melton Core Class (Ryhthms & Purposes)
Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm; 30 weeks $725
Instructors: Cantor Meredith Greenberg and Lisa Lisser 

  • Rhythms of Jewish Learning: This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources in search of meaning, lifecycle and ritual practices.
  • Purpose of Jewish Living: Is there a Jewish belief system? How do Jewish thinkers answer the BIG questions? Course explores both ancient and modern responses to issues of Jewish thought and theology.

Melton Foundations of Jewish Family Living
Mondays (once a month), 9:15 to 10:45 am; 10 weeks $180
Instructor: Iris Schwartz 

Foundations of Jewish Living provides you with the language and the confidence to be a teacher to your own children. This rich learning experience for parents of young children will provide an opportunity for you to bring the Jewish conversation home to share with your family. The rich experience for parents of young children will provide an opportunity for you to bring the Jewish conversation hoem to share with your family.

For information or to register, contact Rhonda Lillianthal at rlillianthal@jccmetrowest.org or 973-530-3519.

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Sunday, September 4 at 7 pm

Begin the season of Elul with the women of your Ner Tamid community. Our first Rosh Chodesh group of the season will begin with diving deeply into your own practice of Tikkun Middot: the cultivation of moral traits (such as patience, compassion, trust, and mindful speech).

If you will be joining us we will study together and begin the process by pairing you with a chevruta/study partner. If you will not be able to join us, but would like to be paired with a chevruta partner then just let us know and we can help you get started. Please RSVP to Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman at rpressman7@me.com for further details.

Blue Jean BBQ

Sunday, September 11 at 5 pm

Register now to attend our annual Blue Jean BBQ! This year's BBQ is dedicated to our beloved Brotherhood members we lost this past year, Greg Brudnicki (Master Griller) and Stephen Rosen (past Brotherhood President). The BBQ bash will include hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salads and sides, cold beverages and desserts. BYO beer and wine. There will be live music provided by The Sukkah Mountain Boys.

Cost: $15 per adult / $5 per child under 12

Register online by September 7 using the member portal by clicking here.

Questions regarding registration? Contact Laurie Schifano or call 973-338-1500 x5.

Selichot & Havdalah

Saturday, September 24 at 5:30 pm

Come to our annual Havdalah and Selichot program for young families (preschool through kindertarten - older siblings are welcome). Join Cantor Meredith Greenberg for a very speical night exploring the observance of Selichot, which means forgiveness. The program includes:

  • Pizza dinner
  • Singing and praying with Cantor Meredith Greenberg
  • A scavenger hunt
  • An interactive story
  • The chance to blow a shofar

We will end our evening with the beautiful ritual of Havdalah when we say goodbye to Shabbat. 

Please RSVP directly to Cantor Meredith Greenberg at cantor@nertamid.org.

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

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 this summer when we will be serving hot meals on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, July 13: 5:00-8:00p
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:30-11:30a and 12:30-3:00p
  • Wednesday, August 10: 5:00-8:00p
  • Sunday, August 28: 9:30-11:30a and 12:30-3:00p

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.

Without our unselfish volunteers we wouldn’t be able to continue with this Tikkun Olam program. This past 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, July 10. 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.