A 12-session course on Judaism as a religion of Believing, Behaving and Belonging
In a unique collaboration with the Religious School, Judaism For Grown-Ups will commence each session focusing on a particular classroom subject designed to help parents be partners with their children in learning what it means to be a Jew.
But that is only the beginning. Then Rabbi Kushner will use the focused lesson to expand onto a more developed treatment of the topic. Rooted in Mordecai Kaplan's tripartite organization of Judaism into the three realms of believing, behaving and belonging, this course -- which will run from October through March -- is a come-when-you-wish opportunity to develop an adult understanding of Judaism and the Jewish people.
Sunday mornings, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm
Registration not required.
10/13: Dogma: What Does Judaism Say We Should Believe?
10/20: How To Think About God
10/27: What Can We Believe After Auschwitz?
11/3: Torah As A Guide For Living
12/8: What Does It Mean To Be Holy? The Mitzvot of Kedushah
1/26: What Does It Mean To Pursue Justice? The Mitzvot of Tzedakah
2/2: Why We Do Mitzvot
3/2: Synagogue As Communal Home
3/9: What Is The Jewish Community?
3/23: Why Is Israel So Important For American Jews?
3/30: What Is The Purpose of Remaining Jewish?
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, March 12 at 8:15 p.m.
Join with us as we honor Nami Ratki, winner of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
- Sunday, March 9 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Family service, presentations and refreshments
- Wednesday, March 12 – 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.
Our Upper School honors Nami with presentations and refreshments
Send your words of congratulations and thanks to Nami to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!
Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Mark this on your calendar -- March 15th. Yeah, that's right, the Ides of March, formerly memorable for the killing of Julius Caesar. But from now on it will be remembered as the night when 40 brave (foolhardy?) members of Temple Ner Tamid, including 10 perfectly innocent children, changed the way you'll think about Purim forever. Billy Joel and Purim, what's the connection? Show up at 7:00 on Saturday, March 15th to discover the totally convoluted way that this singer-song writer from Long Island, with 33 top 40 hits, is linked to Queen Esther in saving the Jews of Persia.
Been yearning to hear the Rabbi sing "Piano Man" or the Cantor sing "She's Got a Way," both songs with amended lyrics? This is your chance, along with 14 more Billy Joel hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s. And you can join the cast in singing the chorus of the final number, to the tune of "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me." Anxious to see the oldest Beauty Contestant ever in a TNT Purimspiel? She'll be there -- will you? Remember, it's Saturday night, March 15th, starting at 7:00 p.m.
All religious school students are invited to participate in special activities for the holiday on Sunday morning, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. These Purim activities take the place of our regular class schedule. The morning will include learning about Purim, creating Purim t-shirts (for our holiday fashion show and contest) and doing other projects, enjoying hamantaschen, listening to the Megillah (of course shaking our graggers when we hear Haman’s name) and singing some great Purim songs. Each child should bring an unopened box of pasta to use as a gragger which will be donated to the food pantry. Parents are encouraged to attend the reading of the Megillah beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Purim Carnival begins at noon. There will be fun, games, food and prizes for all (see below)!
Sunday, March 16 at 12:00 noon
It’s that time of year again —Purim! This means the Purimspiel and of course, the Purim Carnival hosted by our wonderful youth group, NuTTY! We hope that you and your families will attend. This year, the Carnival will be held on Sunday, March 16, which is fast approaching. A major contributor to the money we raise—for our own programs and for The New Jersey Community Food Bank—is our Silent Auction, which offers you the opportunity to bid on great items from various businesses and restaurants in the area. In addition to bidding at the Silent Auction, we are also asking that you consider donating. We are looking for fun and exciting items: jewelry, concert tickets, museum passes, special tours of awesome places, and anything else you might have to offer. There will be a donation box in the temple lobby (by the NuTTY bulletin board) for you to drop your contributions. If you have any questions, please contact Sonya Abrams at email@example.com. The donation deadline is Sunday, March 9. We look forward to seeing you at the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 16!
On the 3rd Friday of each month through May, Temple Ner Tamid will host a guest speaker at the Erev Shabbat service.
Friday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. – The Baha’i in Iran: Struggle for Civil Rights
Soheila Vossough-Mottahed, born in Tehran, is currently a medical doctor in the Montclair area. She is a member of the Baha’i faith, and will speak about the situation of her people of the Baha’i faith in Iran today. The Iranian government imposes great restriction and civil violations on the Baha’i people, including unwarranted arrests, false imprisonment, torture, unjustified executions, confiscation and destruction of property, denial of employment and access to higher education. Come to understand the struggles the Baha’i have faced in Iran for over 30 years, and what you can do to help.
Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. – Archaeology and Life in Ancient Israel
Michael Sugerman, Senior Lecturer and Chief Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst, will speak about his archaeological dig in Akko, Israel, and his discoveries and perspectives of life in historic Israel. Sugerman received his doctorate in Anthropology from Harvard University and has worked on archaeological excavations in Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. Come learn about life in ancient Israel and the politics of archaeology in contemporary Israel.
Temple Ner Tamid expresses its deep gratitude to Shirley Cobert for sponsoring this speaker series in memory of her late husband, Maxwell “Mac” Cobert.
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 pm at the Museum at Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side, 12 Eldridge Street
Join Cantor Meredith for an exciting genre-breaking spring concert including music by Frank London, Ronen Itzik, Marty Ehrlich, Rob Schwimmer, Zack Lober, Cantor Lisa B. Segal, Cantor Meredith Greenberg (me!), and Zoe B. Zak, and spoken word by Arthur Strimling, Rabbis Jill Hammer and Hanniel Levenson, Trisha Arlin, and Tehila Wise. The Proceeds will benefit the Academy for Jewish Religion, the oldest pluralistic seminary for rabbis and cantors. Purchase Tickets at http://ajrsem.nirsham.com/form/dvar-shira-concert.
Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Ner Tamid and Ner Tamid Temple Youth Group (NuTTY) are proud to present an Evening with Alan Goodis. Please join us for an evening of new Jewish music with Alan Goodis, a rising star in the Reform movement. We’ll start with an engaging Havdalah service and then transition into the new week with Alan’s popular repertoire. You may find it hard to stay seated!
And, after the concert, teens are invited to hang out with Alan in an even more intimate setting.
Alan Goodis is a nationally touring Jewish musician playing more than 150 events a year. Born and raised in Toronto, Alan is a proud product of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music, Alan travels throughout North America to serve as an Artist-In-Residence and performer at temples, Youth Conventions, and Jewish summer camps. In early 2014 Alan will release his long anticipated full-length studio album. For more information about Alan, visit www.alangoodis.com.
Admission: Adults $20; Teens (13-18) $12; Children (12 and under) $8.
Questions? Contact Jeffrey Kagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Join Cantor Meredith and friends as we celebrate Passover at our annual Women’s Seder. Dinner is included. Please RSVP to Cantor Meredith at email@example.com.
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