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Samuel Chu to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Samuel Chu, Director of Synagogue Engagement for MAZON, will join with us for the Erev Shabbat service to explore ways in which Temple Ner Tamid can be more involved in feeding the community. 

Samuel Chu is a nationally recognized organizer for social change. He directs the national advocacy strategy for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, where he oversees over 900 synagogue partners and organizes a growing political constituency that has achieved numerous legislative and policy wins at the state and national level, resulting in $8 million in new state funding to provide free school lunch to 62,000 additional low-income students in Minnesota, universal breakfasts for over 4,000,000 students across 1,000 public school campuses in Texas, and improved access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly know as "food stamps") for thousands of families, seniors, veterans and homeless minors in Pennsylvania, Maryland and California. Samuel is also a fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at University of Southern California where he engages in research, writing and teaching around community organizing, public leadership, and the role of religious institutions in social change.

Hanukkah at Ner Tamid and in the Community

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Hanukkah Spectacular - A Gelt Trip: Candle With Care

Join us at Ner Tamid for our Hanukkah Spectacular featuring music, dance, comedy, candles, and of course...GELT! This event is great for all ages! 

Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Hanukkah Shabbat

Please join with us for the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, December 11 beginning at 8:00 p.m. We'll have music from the Kabbalat Shabbat Band, a communal candle lighting and a festive oneg with the TNT Ramblers. Bring your family hanukkiah and seven candles. Be a par tof the glow in our community lighting.

Community Candle Lightings

Once again on each evening of Hanukkah there will be a community candle lighting sponsored by our community synagogues at the Hinck Building, 496 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, December 6 - Congregation Shomrei Emunah at 4:45 p.m.
  • Monday, December 7 - Bnai Keshet at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 8 - Temple Ner Tamid at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9 - Bnai Keshet at 5:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 10 - Temple Ner Tamid at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 11 - Congregation Shomrei Emunah at 3:45 p.m.
Purimspiel 2016: A Wicked-Good Spiel

This year's Purimspiel tells the story of Queen Esther using music from Stephen Schwartz's plays and movies -- Godspell, Pippin, Enchanted, and Wicked. It's open to all temple members, including children 7 or older. 

If you want to be part of this exciting family-focused musical theatre experience, contact the director, Brian O'Reilly, in one of three ways: (1) phone him at 973-746-0316, (2) e-mail him at boreilly45@gmail.com, or (3) stop by TNT on Sunday, December 6, between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Rehearsals are nearly every Sunday afternoon, starting December 20, with the performance on Saturday night, March 19. If all this works with your schedule, we'd love to have you join us.

Security Volunteers Needed

Recent events in Paris have reminded us of the global threat we face from terrorism. The Federal government is currently conducting over 900 active, ISIS-related investigations in the United States. It is time to stop sitting with our backs to the door. I am recruiting volunteers to help TNT secure our community from an attack.

  • What: Volunteers needed on an ongoing basis to help improve TNT security.  This is an opportunity to receive some modest training in how to strengthen our security levels at TNT, and to play an active role in implementing our new strategies.
  • When: 3 Thursday nights in December for training, and an ongoing commitment to help watch the door from time to time.
  • Where: West Orange JCC
  • Cost: Free

Details for TNT Security Volunteers:

Opportunity: MetroWest is offering access to training by Community Security Services (CSS), a non-profit organization dedicated to training synagogues in how to strengthen our security through Target Hardening, Emergency Planning, and increased security personnel in the form of trained synagogue members. Once trained, you'll be relied upon to actively participate in our synagogue security, which mostly means volunteering to consistently help "work the door" and maintain our perimeter.

Training is open to men and women (schedule below). Follow-up leadership training will take place in January & February for those who are interested in taking a more active role in the program.

Training Sessions:

  • Dates for Level 1 Training: Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17
  • Dates for Level 2 Training: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11
  • All courses are from 8-10pm at the JCC of MetroWest; 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

This won't be clownish. We have staff familiar with this training through seminars, direct conversations with CSS, and by speaking with trained members at other synagogues in our region. CSS promotes an experienced, thoughtful and thorough methodology. Although hands-on training is a component, this course is not run by a bunch of goons, and you are not being trained to join Patrick Swayze (A"H) at the Double Deuce from the movie, "Roadhouse."

Why Is this Necessary? The increase in violence against European Jews was the canary in the coal mine, and this past weekend's horrific incidents in Paris are the predictable explosion. Not only are ISIS/ISIL/Daesh volunteers flowing into Asia Minor, but terrorist activity is flowing out. This is not a matter of opportunity: both Daesh and Al-Quada of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have made long-range terrorism part of their strategy.

We are far from the most high-profile Jewish target in the region. However, we have witnessed years of uncoordinated attacks in France, and recently in Denmark, which have demonstrated that Islamist sympathizers often act on their own and target locations of opportunity, not necessarily locations that are the most well-known. TNT's proximity to concentrations of both radical Islamist and white supremacist groups is acute. 

If you would like volunteer or have questions please Josh Katz, VP House & Admin, directly at jmjkatz@gmail.com.

Guest Speaker Jaime Bedrin

Friday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, December 18 when we'll hear from our guest speaker Jaime Bedrin. Jaime will speak about her volunteer work with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — what she’s learned about gun violence, and how you can get involved. She’ll also give an update on where the movement is headed. Jaime got involved in the gun violence prevention movement immediately following the Sandy Hook School shootings which took place 3 years ago in Newtown, CT. 

Hospital Work on December 24 and 25, 2015

The Temple membership has the opportunity to volunteer to help out in a variety of tasks at Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville. As in previous years, the hospital staff needs your help for about two hours to allow hospital staff and other volunteers some time off to enjoy their holiday. 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. 

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

RSVP Now for Ner Tamid's Family Retreat

Friday through Sunday, February 5 - 7, 2016

Join your Temple Ner Tamid friends and family at a fun-filled winter retreat! This weekend is the perfect opportunity to connect with the Temple community, to explore your Jewish identity, and to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Expect a weekend filled with opportunities for spiritual reflection, for musical celebration, and for outdoor fun in the beautiful, winter setting of Orange County. Programs will be appropriate for a variety of ages. 

The program begins with Shabbat dinner at the conference center on Friday evening, and concludes with a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning.

Registration cost:  $155/person ($55 per person deposit due on registration)

  • Overnight accommodations in the Collegiate Lodge and Cabins provided to all guests. Cabins are “bunk style” lodging, sleeping up to 10 people in a group.
  • Registration includes all meals, beginning with Friday dinner and concluding with Sunday breakfast (kosher style meals), as well as all retreat programming.
  • Does not include transportation to and from the center.

The retreat is intended to provide an opportunity to spend time together, as family and friends. However, childcare can be arranged for small children, upon request, for an additional cost. Please click here to reserve your space today!

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.