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Attention Ner Tamid Men

Maybe you've never quite gotten over your dream of patrolling center field at Yankee Stadium. Or you'd like to show the sons and daughters you ferry to and from games that Dad can still play. Or you'd like to make some more friends among Ner Tamid men. Or you'd just like to wear the cool uniform.

The Ner Tamid men's softball team is looking for you. We play slow-pitch, high arc softball Sunday mornings against other synagogues. Spring training is starting; the season starts April 12 and runs through the beginning of August.If you're interested, please get in touch with Warren Levinson warrenlevinson@yahoo.com.

Team Update: We play another doubleheader Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.  against Bnai Or (2-1) at the field behind the high school. Take Eagle Rock, 280 or Mount Pleasant west to Livingston Ave, turn left (south), then right on Amherst to the parking lot. Or continue on Livingston to the Oval, and bear right around the high school. Please plan to be there by 8:30 for BP and warmups.The second game is against Bnai Brith (2-1) at Heritage 2. To get there, turn left out of the parking lot onto Wahler, then left on Belmont, right on Hillside and right on Foxcroft. The field is on the near side of the school, just down the hill from the baseball field.

Congregational Meeting

Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for Temple Ner Tamid's annual congregational meeting. Please come to vote on amendments to the constitution, elect the new slate of officers and trustees, get updated on the financial state of the Temple, approve the budget for the new fiscal year, and thank these dedicated leaders of our community. Your votes are needed! 

The Ceremony of Confirmation

Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.

The Ceremony of Confirmation will begin at 8:00 p.m. Please join us for this very special Erev Shabbat service followed by a community oneg sponsored by The Confirmation families and the Schapiro family.

The Confirmation Class of 5775 / 2015

Sydney Abraham, Evan Brudnicki, Tuesday Carson, Michael Chadha, Sophie Claman
Sarah Gang, Sarah Goldsteen, Alexa Greenbaum, William Kushner, Sydney Luks
Alexandra Marsek, Sydney Miede, Rachel Paroff, Nathaniel Perlmeter, Abraham Plaut
Meredith Poggie, Molly Povich, Abigail Robik, Jill Ruthauser, Aaron Segal
Benjamin Stagoff-Belfort, Claudia Stagoff-Belfort, Lila Taylor, Ethan Vest, Simon Will

Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Temple Sholom of West Essex

Come pray, study and talk with fellow members of our local Jewish community as we prepare to accept the first fruit of the divine covenant – the Torah.

The keynote speaker will be Norman J. Cohen, Rabbi, Ph.D. Dr. Norman J. Cohen serves as Professor Emeritus of Midrash at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He lectures widely on the Modern Interpretation of the Bible. He will speak on ‘The Power of Torah in our Lives. Hineini: Responding to Those Whom we Love’.

Admission is free and open to the public. Temple Sholom of West Essex is located at 760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.

Shavuot Services

The Shavuot morning service will take place on Sunday morning, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. At this time we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Samson Carvello. 

The Shavuot Yizkor service will take place on Monday morning, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Shabbat B’yachad: Celebrating Community as Family

Friday, May 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a warm, intimate, family-friendly, musical Shabbat experience. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a nosh in the Temple lobby followed by the 6:30 p.m. service. A catered community dinner of vegetarian Chinese will begin immediately following the service at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $12 per adult and $6 per child under 12.

Reservations are required. Please click here to purchase your ticket.

This will be the last Shabbat B'yachad for this program year.

Israel and the Media

Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Israel has long been a subject of fascination for the world, but in recent years the medias treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has, to the eyes of many, become a hostile obsession that erases background and context and has come to resemble traditional attitudes towards Jews once common in the West. How has this media malfunction happened? What does it look like on the ground? And what can be done?

Matti Friedman, noted journalist and author, will try to answer those very questions when he comes to Temple Ner Tamid as the 2nd annual speaker of the Helen and Alfred Mackler Memorial Lectureship on Wednesday evening, June 10 at 8 pm.

Mr. Friedman's work as a reporter has taken him from Lebanon to Morocco, Cairo, Moscow and Washington, D.C., and to conflicts in Israel and the Caucasus. He has been a correspondent for the Associated Press, where he specialized in religion and archaeology in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as well as for the Jerusalem Report and the Times of Israel. Two essays he wrote about media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war, for Tablet Magazine and The Atlantic, triggered intense discussion and have been shared together on Facebook more than 100,000 times. He grew up in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem.

To read Mr. Friedman's essay on this subject, click here.

The Lectureship was created to honor the memories of Helen and Al Mackler (z"l), two of the most beloved members of Temples Ner Tamid and B'nai Zion. Because of their deep passion for both Israel and the Jewish community of Bloomfield, Temple Ner Tamid established this lectureship the proceeds from which will help send students to Israel on high school educational programs. The Lectureship and its corresponding Scholarship are underwritten by a grant from the Joseph Alexander Foundation.

The Joseph Alexander Foundation is named in memory of Joseph Alexander, elder brother of Helen (Alexander) Mackler. It is dedicated to supporting Jewish charities, as well as other reputable programs and projects, throughout the world. Helen and Al Mackler were founding Trustees. The current Trustees are Harvey Mackler, Randi (Mackler) Windheim, Justin Windheim and Jessica Rosenberg.

Please reserve Wednesday evening, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. to join with us as we welcome Matti Friedman to Ner Tamid. 

Annual Rummage Sale

Sunday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We need your unwanted clothing, musical instruments, sporting goods, household items, toys, jewelry, CD’s, video games, small appliances and miscellaneous tchotchkes.

Donations can be dropped at Temple Ner Tamid beginning June 8 through June 12 and after 1:00 p.m. on June 13.

Volunteers are needed for setup on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. and to assist on sale day with sales and cleanup from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If interested please contact Randy Bouwman at ranbouwman@gmail.com.

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.