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Jim Axelrod to Speak at Erev Shabbat service on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm

Jim Axelrod of CBS News will present on his Peabody Award winning series: "Heart of the Epidemic: West Virginia's Opioid Addiction"

Join with us on Friday night. May 26 at 6:30 pm when Jim Axelrod, a member of Ner Tamid and a journalist for CBS News, will present a short film and lead a discussion on the opioid crisis, specifically as it plays out in West Virginia. In a multi-part investigation, CBS News looked at the state with the highest rate of overdose deaths on painkillers. Each year doctors write 1.8 million prescriptions for pain pills in West Virginia --  the equivalent of a bottle of pills for every man, woman, and child in the state. In their Peabody-award winning series, CBS News examined the many-layers of the problem -- exploring how doctors, pharmacies, wholesale distributors, and law enforcement have all contributed to this hideous epidemic.

Jim Axelrod is the senior national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and other CBS News broadcasts. While at CBS News, Axelrod has covered a broad range of domestic and international stories, notably the war in Iraq. In addition, during his tenure at CBS News, Axelrod has covered the American invasion of Afghanistan, the war and refugee crisis in the Balkans, the hostage crisis in Peru. He also represented CBS News in 2010, when foreign reporters were invited to North Korea for a rare glimpse at that country’s leadership and culture. Axelrod won a George Polk Award in 2016 for his investigative reporting on compounding pharmacy fraud and was a member of the team honored with an Emmy award in 2014 for a “48 Hours” special on the manhunt and capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The Erev Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm and will be immediately followed by Jim's presentation. A light Shabbat dinner and desserts, hosted by Harvey Morginstin in honor of his birthday, will conclude the evening. Please join us.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Ner Tamid on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 pm

On Tuesday evening, May 30, Temple Ner Tamid will host this year's Tikkun for Erev Shavuot. For more than twenty years, the four synagogues of our immediate area -- B'nai Keshet and Shomrei Emunah (Montclair), Temple Sholom of West Essex (Cedar Grove), and Temple Ner Tamid (Bloomfield) -- gather together for an evening of study, meditation and song. This year's visiting scholar is Rabbi Aaron Panken, President of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

The evening begins with Erev Shavuot worship at 7:30 p.m., immediately followed by a dairy-based nosh and social period. Dr. Panken will offer his keynote address at 9 p.m.: "How True is True? True Lies, Alternative Truths and the Value of Veracity in Jewish Law." Then at 10 and 11 pm, clergy and lay-leaders of our congregations will offer a variety of 1-hour learning sessions. At midnight we will gather to hear the chanting of Aseret Ha-Dibbrot (The Ten Commandments), and the Tikkun will conclude with Dr. Panken offering a final session entitled: "Seek Peace and Pursue It."

In addition to the many remarkable learning opportunities, the Tikkun will offer sessions for elementary age children at 7:30 pm and for teens beginning at 10 pm.

Below are descriptions of Dr. Panken's two presentations:

How True is True? True Lies, Alternative Truths and the Value of Veracity in Jewish Law
Jewish texts have clearly privileged speaking the truth over propagating false information, with certain fascinating exceptions. There are definite examples where the truth must be shaped or altered in its presentation for various reasons. Philosophical texts, likewise, sometimes require lies when the truth may cause certain or potential damage. This session will explore a few of the core texts that define this conundrum in Jewish thought, along with a few philosophical responses, sketching the boundaries of shaping the truth and providing guidance for reacting to untruths we encounter. It is not entirely impossible that this discussion will be relevant to contemporary politics and situations that take place in community settings.

Seek Peace and Pursue It
Jewish tradition holds as one of its highest ideals the making of peace between parties who disagree. In a world that is profoundly more divided and polarized than in the recent past, how should Jewish people of good intention act in the world to make peace between the various parties they encounter? In this late-night shiur, we will explore the surprisingly relevant guidance offered by biblical and rabbinic texts for making peace in difficult situations.

You are invited to join us for part or the entirety of the Tikkun. The evening is free and open to the public.

Ceremony of Confirmation

Please join us on Friday, June 2 at the Erev Shabbat service at 8 pm as the Confirmation Class of 2017 stands before our congregation to affirm their place among the Jewish people.

Sadie Link
Mollie Miller
Sophie Plaut

Annual Rummage Sale

We need your unwanted clothing, musical instruments, sporting goods, household items, toys, jewelry, CD’s, video games, small appliances and miscellaneous tchotchkes! WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING BOOKS OR ANY COMPUTER EQUIPMENT.

Donations can be dropped off at the Temple between June 5 and 9. Volunteers are needed for setup on Saturday, June 10 at 2 pm; assist on sale day with sales and cleanup from 8 am to 3 pm. Please contact Randy Bouwman at 973-655-9711 or ranbouwman@gmail.com.

Community Events

There are still a few spots available for some of our Community Events which were offered at this year's Gala in February. The Events are new this year and the goal is to foster community while having fun. Community Events are themed dinners or parties for a limited number of people hosted at a congregant’s home, with a $40 per person donation made to the Temple. Limited spaces are available! Check these out and sign up soon:

  • SONGS AROUND THE CAMPFIRE 6/10/17, hosted by Cantor Meredith Greenberg & Leora Perlman
  • BACKYARD TIKI PARTY Date TBD (late spring or early summer; hosts will contact participants) hosted by Amy & Scott Claman

Please reach out to friends and sign up for a night out! As the event gets closer, your host will contact you with their address and any other necessary details. Once you sign up your reservation is non-refundable.

By signing up, you're committing to a spot at the event and donating $40 per person to Ner Tamid. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, you can send a replacement but your donations are not refundable. You will be billed by the Temple for $40 per person.

Find out more about each event and sign up here.

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.