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Do Not Stand Idly By Assembly at Ner Tamid

Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 pm

If you want a gun industry committed to safety, responsible sales, and helping law enforcement get guns off the street, you have a powerful tool --your tax dollars. Be part of a national campaign to use this leverage to save lives.

On the agenda:

  • Recognition and thanks for the public officials in New Jersey who are helping lead this effort
  • Responses from other officials: Will they join us?
  • Public call for leadership from Governor Christie and state legislators on New Jersey’s approach to “smart guns”
  • Plans for coordinated national actions on November 10 at 1:00 pm (PLEASE HOLD THE DATE)

“A promising strategy to promote best practices in the gun industry.” -- US Conference of Mayors

“The groundwork is already being laid for this evolution in the gun debate. Indeed, there’s a compelling new school of thought emerging on how best to confront the epidemic of gun violence in America. It’s brilliant.” -- Cleveland Plain Dealer


Havdalah Café: Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band

Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It’s a musical conversation… a sonic celebration… a splendiferous gathering of old and young because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is… everyone! The music mixes conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) with homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion.


Cost of Admission: $25 / Children pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah: $10

Click here to register.

Jews Needed, but Need Not Apply: Jews and Anti-Semitism in the Hungarian Film Industry in the 1930s and 40s

Monday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid

David Frey, United States Military Academy, West Point) discusses the critical role Jews played in the development of the sound film industry in Hungary during the 1930s, and how Hungarian authorities subsequently attempted to remove Jewish Hungarians from employment in the industry.

This program is part of the lecture series, Rescue in Budapest, and is sponsored by the Global Education Center of Montclair State University, The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest and the Hungary Initiatives Foundation.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah ~ Adult Confirmation Program

First Class to Meet Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m.

This year we are once again offering our Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. It's an 18-month course of study culminating in a group B'nai Mitzvah ceremony on Saturday morning, February 20, 2016. The first year of this curriculum is a basic introduction to Judaism with emphasis on what Jews believe, how Jews behave, and culminating with a focus on the creation of a personal theology of covenant. The second year of the course will concentrate on an in-depth examination of Parashat Tetzaveh, the portion that will be read the Shabbat of the B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.

Appreciating that mastery of Hebrew may prevent some from taking this step, we are also offering an Adult Confirmation track (which would require no knowledge of Hebrew). The Adult Confirmation Program will involve taking the same classes as the Adult B'nai Mitzvah students (in both years). However, instead of reading Torah on Saturday, February 20, 2016, all those enrolled in the Adult Confirmation Program will compose and present a short statement of "affirmation" at the Erev Shabbat service the night before, on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Moreover, please know that even if you do not wish to "matriculate" towards either of the public ceremonies, you may still want to consider enrolling in the course as an Introduction to Judaism class. This latter aspect might be especially interesting to those not raised in the Jewish tradition.

All classes will be 90-minutes in length and held on Thursday evenings beginning November 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Registration is $180 per year for either the B'nai Mitzvah or the Confirmation programs (including text and materials).

The Hebrew Language class is highly recommended for those participants on the B’nai Mitzvah track.

Please click here to register.

Shoresh Holiday Gift Sale

Sunday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Come and do your holiday shopping and listen to the music of the TNT Ramblers.

Vendors include: Judaica supplies and toys, homemade gifts, women’s and children’s clothing, skin and beauty products, children’s books, housewares, and more.

We will also be running our very popular bake sale in the lobby. Come and enjoy a  treat before (or after) you shop!


Sunday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m.

A new learning environment offering a variety of opportunities that you can select based on your interest on that given day. On each of the Sundays listed below we’ll offer a class in each of the following themed tracks:

  • Jewish Boot Camp – Want to boost your Jewish literacy? Give it a try!
  • Movement & Meditation – Feel a little stressed? Get in some yoga time!
  • Culture & Current Issues – How about a cooking class? A discussion on parenting or interfaith issue? Come sit in on a session!

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

Dates: November 16; December 21; January 11; February 8; March 15

Lunch With the Rabbi

Tuesday, November 18 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: December 9; January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9
Cost: $18 - includes cost of the book

Purimspiel 2015

Auditions to take place on Sunday, December 7

Auditions for this year's 'spiel will be on Sunday, December 7th, from 1:00 until 4:00. We will read through the script, taking turns reading parts, and sing all the songs as a group. There will be rehearsals most Sundays, where we work individual songs and scenes, so most cast members will be needed for only an hour or two most weeks, with the occasional week off. From mid-February on, however, it will be the full cast for the full four hours each Sunday. Dress rehearsals at local Jewish nursing homes will be the evenings of Tuesday, March 3rdand Thursday, March 5th, with the Temple performance on Saturday, March 7th.

Interested TNT members are encouraged to come on December 7th, even if you can't commit to being in the play. We also need folks who can help build the sets and costumes, find the props, hang the lights, design the program, help with “kid-wrangling,” contact the nursing homes, etc. If you can commit to even a small amount of time, we'll find a role for you. Kids, seven or older, are also encouraged to join us, as long as their parents are willing to participate at some level. If you are interested, but unavailable on December 7th, contact Brian O'Reilly at 973-746-0316.  Don't miss this opportunity or this December 7th could be another “date that will live in infamy.”

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.