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Ken Traum to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. 

Ken Traum, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, September 4. His topic is titled “The Jews of Girona, Spain until 1492." 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.

Ken and his wife, Diane Lavenda, are long  time members of Temple Ner Tamid. They have two children, Daniel, who is attending medical school and living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Alex, a lawyer, living in New York, with his wife, Lara, who is attending law school. Ken recently spent several days in Girona, Spain and was introduced by a tour guide to the significant and lengthy presence of a Jewish community in Girona.

The Erev Shabbat service, which will be led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman, 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. 

Selichot and Havdalah

Saturday, September 5 at 5:30pm

Come to our annual Havdalah and Selichot Program for Young Families (preschool through kindergarten; older siblings are welcome too)

Join Cantor Meri for a very special night exploring the observance of Selichot, which means forgiveness. The program includes a pizza dinner, singing and praying with Cantor Meri, a scavenger hunt and an interactive story. You will also have a chance to blow a shofar and sound the Spiritual Alarm in preparation for Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur.

We will end our evening with the beautiful ritual of Havdalah.

RSVP's required. Please email Cantor Meredith at cantor@nertamid.org to let her know if you'll be joining us.

Selichot - An Evening of Havdalah & Prayer

Saturday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Please join with Rabbi Kushner and Cantor Greenberg for an evening of Havdalah and prayer followed by the highly acclaimed film Unstrung Heroes starring Andie Mac Dowell and John Turturro.

High Holy Day Information

It's that time again! High Holy Day packets were sent out in the mail to every family, but if you need to download the forms please click here

As always, admission to all High Holy Day services is by ticket only, with the exception of Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 13; Tot Service on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 14; 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday, September 14; Tot Service, Yizkor and the closing services on Yom Kippur afternoon on Wednesday, September 23, 2014.

Questions concerning arrangements for the High Holy Days should be directed Laurie Schifano.

The TNT Blue Jean Barbecue

Sunday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Join us for Ner Tamid's annual Blue Jean BBQ followed by the Erev Sukkot Family Service at 7:00 p.m.

Come enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salads & sides, drinks & desserts; BYO wine & beer. Live music provided by the Sukkah Mountain Boys and Sukkah decorating. 

The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child (under 13)

Register here. Please register by Friday, September 18.

2015 URJ Biennial

November 4 – 8 / Orlando, FL

Join thousands of Reform Jews in Orlando, FL, November 4-8 to learn, pray, share ideas, dance, sing, & hear from inspiring speakers. Learn more & register at www.urj.org/biennial. Early bird pricing ends September 10 so please register now!

Introduction to Judaism

Classes run November 11, 2015 thru March 23, 2016 at Temple Ner Tamid

Have you ever asked “What’s in Judaism For Me?” If so then Introduction to Judaism is for you! The class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with Rabbi Leana Moritt beginning November 11, 2015 through March 23, 2016 at Temple Ner Tamid. 

Tired of being “culturally Jewish, but not practicing?” Wondering if Judaism might be more fun than the religion you grew up with? Wondering how to create a Jewish home or raise Jewish children? You wonder if there’s more to it than what you forgot from Hebrew School? Wonder no more!

Discover Judaism’s unique sources of beauty, meaning and deep connection to family, community and to all of life. Survey Jewish history, philosophy and theology. Become familiar with the why and how of traditions and celebrations in home and synagogue. Meet the Hebrew alphabet, learning to decipher some basic blessings and prayers. Join your classmates and teacher at a Shabbat Experience on a festive Friday evening.

Tuition: $260* plus textbooks (couples register together for no extra charge).
*Special discounts and scholarships available for Ner Tamid members – See Rabbi Kushner for more information

Register online here. Read information page and click on “Find A Class”. Completion of this course is a requirement for conversion to Reform Judaism. Suitable for all those who want to learn more about Judaism. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. 

Ner Tamid to Partner with Human Needs Food Pantry and Brookdale ShopRite

Ner Tamid has formed a partnership with Human Needs Food Pantry and Brookdale ShopRite to collect food for the hungry in our community. Our friend Amy Winkelman has done a great job getting us stated. Thanks Amy!

Now, we need your help. Summer is a tough time for hungry children and families as there are no school breakfasts or lunches.  

We will be collecting food at the Brookdale Shoprite, the community minded grocery store, on the following Sundays from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. We meet at the store on:

  • Sunday September 6

There will be three shifts each day – 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (delivering food to Human Needs Food Pantry). 

Please let Jeff Plaut know which shifts you can volunteer by emailing him at jplaut@globalstrategygroup.com. Partial shifts fine, too.

The work is easy and we get a GREAT response. Perfect for families/kids, too. 

All the food goes to the Human Needs Food Pantry.

Also, if you have a truck – or are willing to pay for a truck for the collected food – please let Jeff that, too.

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. 

http://astore.amazon.com/nertam-20