Erev Shabbat services during the months of July and August are lay-led and will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will be offered beginning at 6 pm. We will continue with our tradition of having special presenters following the service throughout the summer months. The last Friday of the month will continue to be reserved for a community potluck dairy dinner. We are putting together a list of exciting speakers for this summer check our website often for updated information.
Friday, July 22 at 6:30 pm
Jonathan Alter, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, July 22. With the Republican National Convention just ended, Jonathan Alter will deliver a first-hand report from Cleveland and a look ahead to the Democratic National Convention the following week in Philadelphia. He will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the competing tickets going into one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. 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.
Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies"(2013), "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" (2010) and "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. Alter spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and columnist and wrote more than 50 cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Bloomberg View and other publications. Jonathan Alter is a contributor to MSNBC, a columnist for the DailyBeast and a presidential historian, now at work on a biography of Jimmy Carter.
The Erev Shabbat service, led by JoAnna Luks and Joel Dorow, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.
Friday, August 5 at 6:30 pm
Reverend Joel Hubbard, Lead Pastor of Park United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 5. The discussion is titled Leviticus 19:1-18 - A People Set Apart – “who is my neighbor?”
A husband and father of four grown children, Joel Daniel Hubbard, III has been pastoring United Methodist Churches in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and New Jersey for 34 years. He received his AB from Dartmouth College, his Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at New York Theological Seminary with an emphasis on community organizing. Joel has been the lead pastor of Park United Methodist Church in Bloomfield since June of 2011.
The Erev Shabbat service, which will be led by Derek Caney and Roger Segal, 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.
Friday, August 12 at 6:30 pm
Reverend Gregory Horn, Senior Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 12. The topic of discussion is "How Do You Spell P-r-e-s-b-y-t-e-r-i-a-n?" – A discussion of what distinguishes Presbyterians among American Protestant Christians and the state of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today". 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.
The Rev. Gregory (Greg) Horn has been the Senior Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair since early 2009. Greg is a 1985 graduate of Stanford University in California and a 1991 graduate Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he was recognized for his preaching and promise of future excellence in parish ministry.
In twenty-five years of ministry, Greg has led four Presbyterian congregations through periods of sustained renewal, vitality and growth. Since 2005, he has also served on staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, advising Presbyterian students preparing for vocations in ministry and lecturing at Union Theological Seminary on Reformed theology and worship as well as Presbyterian polity.
Greg is married to Sarah Touborg-Horn, an editor of English and Composition at Norton Publishing. They are parents of middle-schooler William and Margaret (Maggie), who is in grade school.
The Erev Shabbat service, led by Lisa Korn and Brian O’Reilly, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.
Friday, August 19 at 6:30 pm
Reverend Ann Ralosky, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 19. The title for discussion is “Navigating this Moment: Cultivating Habits of the Heart for a Fractured World.” In a time where our sense of communal life and common values seem to be fraying, people of faith are called to respond in ways that lead to healing instead of heartbreak. Drawing on the writings of Quaker theological and spiritual teacher, Parker Palmer, Rev. Ann will explore the ways in which we can develop the habits of the heart that give us greater insight, compassion, courage and integrity as we seek for ways to honor our highest values as a community in the face of a divisive political climate. 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.
Rev. Ann Ralosky has served as Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Montclair since 2009. In her seven year tenure the congregation has grown in both size and diversity, becoming a multi-cultural, interracial Christian community for all people, especially offering a wide welcome to the LGBTQ community. Prior to her call to FCC, she served as the Protestant Chaplain at Montclair State University, creating a progressive Christian community for students, faculty and staff. She graduated from Drew Theological Seminary Summa Cum Laude in 2007 with a Master's of Divinity degree, and received her BA from Fordham University. Rev. Ann is passionate about exploring the intersection between the needs of the world and the call of her faith to be the hands and heart of God in the face of brokenness. She finds her greatest ministerial joy in the developing of personal relationships and the strengthening of a community that reflects God's beloved community among us. Rev. Ann has lives in Montclair with her husband and two adult children.
The Erev Shabbat service, led by Gary and Mark Blackman, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your idea. Get involved! Be a Tikkun Olam volunteer and help “repair the world.” Click here to download your volunteer form today!
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d like to see some new faces.
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