What's New

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Forming Now

Temple Ner Tamid is seeking individuals interested in enrolling in an Adult B'nai Mitzvah class. Rabbi Kushner and Cantor Greenberg will teach the class over three semesters: Fall 2014, Spring and Fall 2015. Classes would be held on Thursday evenings. The class will culminate in a B'nai Mitzvah ceremony in early 2016.

In the program, you will learn about Jewish history, the Bible and Jewish liturgy. Class discussion will include theology, Jewish practices, life cycles and Reform Judaism. You will also study the Torah portion and prepare your d'var for the B'nai Mitzvah ceremony.

The program is extremely fulfilling and deepens one's Jewish identity and understanding. It's a perfect opportunity for those who didn't have a B'nai Mitzvah and even those curious in just learning more about Judaism. 

If you are interested, please contact Laurie Schifano at lschifano@nertamid.org or by calling 973-338-1500 x5.

Shabbat in the Summer

Erev Shabbat Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. A light nosh will preceed the service at 6:00 p.m. 
Shabbat Morning Services will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, August 29 – Worship Leaders: Cantorial Assistant Ronni and Fred Pressman
A community Shabbat dinner to follow.
Shabbat Morning Service Leaders: Cantor Meredith Greenberg and Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman

Stop the BDS Campaign: From Campus to the Board Room

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee presents a free community event open to the public titled Stop the BDS Campaign: From Campus to the Board Room.

For more information please contact Alexa Silverman at asilverman@aipac.org or call 917-210-6318.


A Journey Through Grief

Beginning Wednesday, September 10 at 1:30 p. m.

JFS is currently accepting registration for A Journey Through Grief, a support group for men and women who have lost a spouse or significant other and are struggling with their loss and sorrow. The group will meet for 8 weeks (excluding September 24) beginning Wednesday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Anne Mollen, LCSW at amollen@jfsmetrowest.org.

Preparation for High Holy Days – Tshuva: Turning and Returning

Saturday, September 13 from 1 to 5:00 p.m. at Bnai Keshet

A ½ day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Beth Sandweis

How can we cultivate the qualities of heart and mind that allow us to turn toward or return to what matters most in our lives?

Spending a half day in contemplative practice is a uniquely wonderful way to prepare for the High Holy Days – to regain balance in our lives, and to cultivate greater awareness, clarity, peacefulness and compassion for ourselves and others. The power of doing this together in community can be transformative.

The day will include sitting meditation with instruction, walking meditation, change, gentle yoga and study – as pathways to explore the season’s themes of renewal, forgiveness, transformation, and change.

This event is free and open to all. Please reserve a place by contact Rabbi Rex Perlmeter at rabbirex@jewishwellness.net.

This program is sponsored by The Jewish Wellness Center of North Jersey, the JMC (Jewish Meditation Center) of Montclair, Temple Ner Tamid and Bnai Keshet.

Selichot at Ner Tamid

Saturday, September 20

As a preparation for the High Holy Days we gather on Selichot to say prayers for forgiveness for what we have done wrong in the past year. Please join us on Selichot, particularly if you have never partaken of the opportunity in the past. 

Cantor Meredith will lead a Selichot program and service for families with young children at 5:30 pm. Then the main Selichot program will begin at 8:00 pm with a short meaningful service followed by a movie (the title to be announced shortly) and discussion to help us begin our focus on the High Holy Days.

Annual Blue Jean Barbeque

Sunday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Kids are home from camp. Summer vacations are over. As the days get shorter it’s time to reconnect with old and new friends at Ner Tamid at our annual Blue Jean Barbeque. We’ll have live music by The Sukkah Mountain Boys, children’s activities, food, drinks, desserts! BYO beer and wine. The advance registration cost is $10 per person and $5 per child under 13. If you come the day of the cost at the door is $12 per adult and $6 per child. Please get your RSVP into Laurie Schifano by Monday, September 8. Download your form here.

Shoresh Preschool Playground Renovation

Shoresh preschool strives to connect children to their community and the natural world, while nurturing each child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in a safe and caring environment of exploration, cooperation and creativity. Funds raised will go toward the improvement of our outdoor playspace. So far we have worked with contractors to extend the fence by ten feet, add an awning which will provide shade from the direct sunlight and many other exciting additions. The objective of the space will be a pathway to nature where your children will become little explorers.  The outdoor classroom will be a backdrop for rich, sensory learning experiences for our children. The goal is for it to be built over the next several months in phases so that will allow the children use of the playground.

This outdoor playspace will have multiple purposes, from strengthening physical coordination on tree stump steps to embracing inner artists and experimenting with musical instruments.

Learning in an outdoor classroom happens through both directed and self-directed activities. With thoughtful planning, the learning areas facilitate state and federal curriculum standards at various ages.

Many members of our community have expressed interest in assisting with this project and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Donations made specifically for the outdoor classroom and playspace will allow us to build on an extremely generous contribution already made by the Ammerman/Shpigel Family.

To make a donation please click here.

JFS Loss of Spouse Support Group

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey is forming a new support group, “A Journey Through Grief” for men and women who have lost their spouse or significant other.  The group provides an opportunity to talk with others who have also experienced the same loss.  Group will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:45 PM at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, 256 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park. The charge for the group is $30 per session, which may be covered by insurance.

According to Anne Mollen, LCSW, who runs the group, “a support group can be a safe and confidential experience where group members can express their feelings in a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment.  The supportive experience can aid in the adjustment to one’s loss.”

An individual group intake is required prior to joining the group.  Please contact Anne Mollen, LCSW at 973-765-9050 to schedule it or for more information.

Wompy's World of Musical Play is Coming to Ner Tamid

WOMPY’S WORLD OF MUSICAL PLAY, an interactive music and movement class for children ages 6 months – 4 years old with caregiver will begin classes at TEMPLE NER TAMID on September 22nd!

WOMPY’S offers you and your child a theatrical, fun-filled 45 minutes, and currently has weekly classes in Warren, Summit, Westfield, Morristown and Bedminster. Your child will enjoy a new lesson each week with different songs, props, and instruments. A vast array of puppets, bubbles and toys are incorporated into each lesson.  The themes change, but offer just the right amount of consistency to reassure a young child’s repetitive nature.

WOMPY’S will be offering FREE TRIAL CLASSES on MONDAY, AUGUST 25that 9:30 and 10:30.  Space is limited and registration will begin online on August 1st. EARLY BIRD RATES for the 10-week fall semester begin then as well. REGISTER AT www.wompys.com.

Feel free to call Lauren at 908-279-3030 or email lauren@wompys.com with any questions.

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