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Shabbat In the Summer

Erev Shabbat services during the months of July and August are lay-led and will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will be offered beginning at 6 pm. We will continue with our tradition of having special presenters following the service throughout the summer months. The last Friday of the month will continue to be reserved for a community potluck dairy dinner. We are putting together a list of exciting speakers for this summer check our website often for updated information.

Harvey Morginstin to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, July 1 at 6:30 pm

Harvey Morginstin, a resident of Bloomfield and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, July 1. The topic of discussion is Spies in the Mossad and American Revolution. 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.

Harvey is a Past President of the West Essex Bnai Brith, Montclair Society of Engineers and Temple Ner Tamid, and is the Registered Agent for MSE, and member of the Beth El Memorial Foundation and Temple Ner Tamid Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project-Community Action Group, Public Access Work Group of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program, Secretary of the Passaic River Boat Club, Unity Club and the Brotherhood of Temple Ner Tamid. He is an MSE robotics team advisor at Montclair High School, and organizes volunteer work at two local hospitals during the winter holidays each year, as well as two blood collections each year. His goals are the improvement of the Temple and the Nutley Boat Ramp on the Passaic River. Harvey’s hobbies are woodworking and fixing or improving broken items for his friends, racquetball, movies and adventurous speed boat rides.

The Erev Shabbat service, led by Judy Anderson and Harvey Morginstin, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Rev. Dr. Joseph David Stinson to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, July 8 at 6:30 pm

Reverend Stinson, minister of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, July 8. For 31 years Rev. Stinson was a chaplain in the US Navy. In that time there are many stories, some of which he’ll share with us. Some are funny; some are touching. We live in a great country and he’s happy to share with you stories of the great men and women who serve us in uniform.  

Dr. Stinson was educated at Texas Christian University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972), Yale University (M.Div., 1975) and St. Andrew’s University, American Summer Institute, (Diploma, Summer, 1981), Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, 2006). He was ordained at the First Christian Church of Bonham, Texas on June 8, 1975. He served as minister of the South Congregational Church of Lawrence, MA (1975-82) and of the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, Maine (1982-92). He has been Minister at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church in Glen Ridge, New Jersey since 1992.

In 1979 he was commissioned in the US Navy’s Chaplain Corps, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral, Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters in 2007. He retired from the Navy on September 24, 2010.

He married Cynthia Ann Haefling on August 23, 1980. They have four children, Hannah Elizabeth, Phoebe Catherine, Jesse David and Lydia Louise.

The Erev Shabbat service, led by Ken Cohen and Jodi Nussbaum, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Don Garber to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, July 15 at 6:30 pm

Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, July 15. The title for the discussion is “Building a Soccer Nation – Sports as an Agent for Social Change.” He will discuss how America has grown to become one of the most influential countries in the world of global football. Don will reflect on the rise of MLS and the importance of sport generally including a discussion on MLS Works, our philanthropy arm, and the League and our Clubs connection to their communities, as exemplified by recent events in Orlando.

Don Garber was named Commissioner of Major League Soccer, the premier professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, in 1999.  During his tenure, MLS has expanded from 10 to 23 teams, added 20 new owners and secured long-term broadcast agreements with ESPN, FOX and Univision and major broadcasters in Europe, Asia and South America.  Garber has also led efforts to develop more than 15 soccer-specific stadiums in the United States and Canada.

Early in his tenure, he created MLS WORKS, a League-wide community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important philanthropic and social issues.

In 2002, Garber created Soccer United Marketing (SUM), an affiliate of MLS and one of the world’s leading commercial and media soccer companies. SUM represents a wide variety of soccer properties, including the United States Soccer Federation, the Mexican Soccer Federation and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Prior to joining MLS, Garber spent 16 years in a variety of sales, marketing, programming and event management positions at the National Football League.  In 1996, he launched NFL International, a division he managed that was responsible for all aspects of the NFL’s business outside the United States.

Commissioner Garber serves on a variety of professional and philanthropic boards, including the executive committee of the United States Soccer Federation, the Committee for Club Football at Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Vice President of Hope and Heroes, an organization raising funds and creating programs for pediatric cancer patients at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.  

Garber received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater, SUNY Oneonta.

The Erev Shabbat service, led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman and Robin Sherman, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Summer Dine-A-Round & Chocolate Tasting

Saturday, July 16 beginning at 6 pm

Schmooze over drinks, dinner and dessert at our summer Dine-A-Round & Chocolate Tasting on Saturday, July 16. Start at the Temple with wine and nibbles, have dinner at a member's home, and come back to the Temple for chocolate, wine and other sweets. A great way to get to know others in the Ner Tamid community better. Only $50 for the entire evening, $30 for The Chocolate Tasting, wine pairings & other sweets. Sign up here or through the member portal found at the top of the home page of www.nertamid.org. Questions? call 973-338-1500.

Would you like to host 6-10 people at your home for the Dine Around. Contact Nina Tucker at tucker.nina@gmail.com or 973-783-1176.

Jonathan Alter to Speak at Ner Tamid

Friday, July 22 at 6:30 pm

Jonathan Alter, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, July 22. With the Republican National Convention just ended, Jonathan Alter will deliver a first-hand report from Cleveland and a look ahead to the Democratic National Convention the following week in Philadelphia. He will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the competing tickets going into one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. 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.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies"(2013), "The Promise: President Obama, Year One" (2010) and "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. Alter spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and columnist and wrote more than 50 cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Bloomberg View and other publications. Jonathan Alter is a contributor to MSNBC, a columnist for the DailyBeast and a presidential historian, now at work on a biography of Jimmy Carter. 

The Erev Shabbat service, led by JoAnna Luks and Joel Dorow, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Reverend Gregory Horn to Speak at Ner Tamid

Reverend Gregory Horn, Senior Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair, will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 12. The topic of discussion is "How Do You Spell P-r-e-s-b-y-t-e-r-i-a-n?" – A discussion of what distinguishes Presbyterians among American Protestant Christians and the state of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today". 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.

The Rev. Gregory (Greg) Horn has been the Senior Pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair since early 2009. Greg is a 1985 graduate of Stanford University in California and a 1991 graduate Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he was recognized for his preaching and promise of future excellence in parish ministry. 

In twenty-five years of ministry, Greg has led four Presbyterian congregations through periods of sustained renewal, vitality and growth.  Since 2005, he has also served on staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, advising Presbyterian students preparing for vocations in ministry and lecturing at Union Theological Seminary on Reformed theology and worship as well as Presbyterian polity.

Greg is married to Sarah Touborg-Horn, an editor of English and Composition at Norton Publishing. They are parents of middle-schooler William and Margaret (Maggie), who is in grade school. 

The Erev Shabbat service, led by Lisa Korn and Brian O’Reilly, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 p.m. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public.

Rev. Ann Ralosky to Speak at Ner Tamid

Rev. Ann Ralosky, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church will speak following the Erev Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 19. The title for discussion is “Navigating this Moment: Cultivating Habits of the Heart for a Fractured World.” In a time where our sense of communal life and common values seem to be fraying, people of faith are called to respond in ways that lead to healing instead of heartbreak. Drawing on the writings of Quaker theological and spiritual teacher, Parker Palmer, Rev. Ann will explore the ways in which we can develop the habits of the heart that give us greater insight, compassion, courage and integrity as we seek for ways to honor our highest values as a community in the face of a divisive political climate. 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.

Rev. Ann Ralosky has served as Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Montclair since 2009. In her seven year tenure the congregation has grown in both size and diversity, becoming a multi-cultural, interracial Christian community for all people, especially offering a wide welcome to the LGBTQ community. Prior to her call to FCC, she served as the Protestant Chaplain at Montclair State University, creating a progressive Christian community for students, faculty and staff. She graduated from Drew Theological Seminary Summa Cum Laude in 2007 with a Master's of Divinity degree, and received her BA from Fordham University. Rev. Ann is passionate about exploring the intersection between the needs of the world and the call of her faith to be the hands and heart of God in the face of brokenness. She finds her greatest ministerial joy in the developing of personal relationships and the strengthening of a community that reflects God's beloved community among us. Rev. Ann has lives in Montclair with her husband and two adult children. 

The Erev Shabbat service, led by Gary and Mark Blackman, will begin at 6:30 pm. A light nosh will precede the service at 6 pm. Both the service and the presentation/discussion are open to the public. 

Tikkun Olam Volunteers - Join our Community in Service to Others

We need your help. We have a variety of Tikkun Olam projects, but not enough volunteers to man them all. Depending on what’s your passion we have a volunteer opportunity that’s just right for you. But, if by chance you don't see that one special project that tickles your fancy, we want to hear where you want to help “repair the world.” 

Here's the list of our current opportunities waiting for your special touch:

  • Bloomfield Café – Soup kitchen partnering with United Park Methodist Church (monthly)
  • Brookdale Shoprite – Collecting food donated for the Human Needs Food Pantry (monthly)
  • Blood Drive – Donate blood (semi-annually)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network – House homeless families; parents and children, in need of shelter (1 week a year)
  • Christmas Holiday Hospital Assistance Program – Relieve hospital staffs who celebrates Christmas (Christmas Eve and day)
  • Temple Rummage Sale – Setup and sell donated clothes and household items (annually)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Network – Assist elderly and infirm Bloomfield residents with simple home repair and cleanup (a couple of weekend days)

Any of these projects require just a couple of hours of your time, and you're never going to be doing them by yourself. It's a great opportunity for families who want to experience community service together, for students looking for mitzvah projects, or for congregants wanting to get to know one another a little better while enjoying a rich rewarding experience. The work isn't hard. You might be tired at the end of the day, but you'll feel great about what you've just accomplished. 

Maybe you're looking for a broader social action opportunity. You want to be involved in an activity that can change the future of a larger constituency which might not necessarily be local. If this is the case contact Lori Price Abrams, VP Tikkun Olam, loripriceabrams@gmail.com to discuss your idea. Get involved! Be a Tikkun Olam volunteer and help “repair the world.” Click here to download your volunteer form today!

Bloomfield Café Feeds the Hungry

Once again Ner Tamid’s members and friends have dedicated their time and energy in an effort to help those less fortunate. Beginning in the middle of last summer we have been preparing food for our homeless of Bloomfield and Montclair. On the fourth Sunday of every month we use the Park United Methodist Church of Bloomfield’s kitchen and dining room to prepare and serve the community’s homeless a nutrient meal which might be the only meal they have had in some time. Food insecurity is something most of us only read about, but for these men, women, and children face this reality every day. We could certainly use your help next month on Sunday, June 26 when we will again be serving another hot meal.

You don't have to be a master chef to volunteer. You can help set up and serve. At the end of the day you’ll feel something very special in helping others. Be a joiner. We'd love to see some new faces. You're only volunteering for a couple of hours of work. Our next Bloomfield Café is Sunday, June 26, we hope to see you there.

Please contact Sharyn Mandell sharynknows@aol.com with any questions or to add your name to the list of volunteer to help.

Please click hear to read more about the wonderful efforts of amazing volunteers and Tikkun Olam Committee.

ShopRite Food Collection

For over more than two years Ner Tamid volunteers in partnership with Brookdale Shoprite collect food donations to help stock the shelves of the Human Needs Food Pantry. This food helps our neighbors who don’t, on a daily basis, have enough to eat. Brookdale Shoprite shoppers’ donations help the elderly, the disabled, the home-bound, the unemployed, and the underemployed working poor meet their family’s food needs. 

So how do we do get these donations? Once a month on a Sunday we stand at the entrance of the Brookdale Shoprite asking shoppers entering the store to buy one or two extra non-perishable items which we collect as exit the store. We hand out flyers explaining who we are and what our mission is with a suggestion of the most needed food items; rice, cereal, baby food, tuna fish, canned vegetables, etc. We never solicit for money. People are always in a hurry, but once they know we are asking for food donations and not money they stop to hear what we have to say. Lots of people give a can or two of food, but others give us much much more; a bag or 2 of food. The generosity of our neighbors is overwhelming.

Without our unselfish volunteers we wouldn’t be able to continue with this Tikkun Olam program. On Sunday, May 15, with help from Carolyn Oliner, Martin Baum, Kenny Cohen, Lanny Katz, Susan Katz, Harvey Morginstin, Fred Pressman, Daniel Rosenblum, and  Naomi Serlen we collected more than 250 bags of groceries. Again we use an unusual way to deliver these needed groceries. Instead of a panel truck we navigated the trip from Shoprite to the Human Needs Food pantry using Harvey Morginstin’s vintage skiff in tow piled high with bags and bags of food.  Thanks to all.

This is a perfect Tikkun Olam opportunity for the entire family, shoppers have responded very favorably to children giving out fliers. Help us repair the world. Meet other like-minded Ner Tamid members. Our next food collection is on Sunday, June 26. Please contact Jeff Plaut at jplaut@globalstrategygroup.com, we’d like to see some new faces.

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