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Below is a brief description of many of the adult education programs happening annually or on an ongoing basis at Temple Ner Tamid. Check our Calendar for up to date information on dates and times of program. If you are not yet a member, please contact our office to inquire about attending an event - 973-338-1500 or hello@nertamid.org.

Rosh Chodesh Women's Group

The welcoming of the new moon is a day that has always been associated with women's renewal and celebration.

Our Temple Ner Tamid Rosh Chodesh Chavura began in 2009. Our group meets monthly between the months of Elul (Aug.-Sep.) and Sivan (May-June). The groups' diversity is its greatest strength. Each year Cantor Greenberg sets an intention for study and deep connection through text, chant, drumming, singing, dancing, artistic and literary Midrash, and ritual. Join us each month or whenever you are able. Bring friends.

For more information contact Cantor Meredith Greenberg at Cantor@nertamid.org.

Melton School Graduate Classes

Are you looking for a deeper understanding of what it means to be Jewish? Our Melton class sets the standard for high-quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires students from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds. Taking place on Wednesday mornings at Temple Ner Tamid students study a host of material. This year we are offering two courses: (1) a deep dive into the second half of the Book of Genesis (2) an in-depth study into Jewish bioethics with topics ranging from abortion to cloning to end of life issues.

Click here to read more about the program and download the registration form. For more information or to register please email Rhoda Lilienthal at rlillianthal@jccmetrowest.org or call 973-530-3519.

Lunch With The Rabbi

Join with Rabbi Marc Katz each month for his ongoing learning series, Lunch with the Rabbi. Held on select Tuesday's the group reads together and discusses a book throughout the year, exploring its themes and values. This year we have chosen the book "The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort" by Rabbi Katz. Newcomers are always welcome. Bring your own dairy or pareve lunch.

Creatives' Beit Midrash

This new group began in the fall of 2019 and has been exploring and producing works from their hearts & minds. If one is a visual artist, a musician, into theatrical arts, into cooking, a writer, a dancer, a photographer and wants to delve into Jewish texts that will inspire them to create more, this group may be for you. 

Every gathering includes a text study - in the first half of our time together we examine a relevant text to see how, as creatives, we can interpret the narratives and in the second part we share/critique the 'creations'. This group is co-led by Clergy Associate, Ronni Pressman and a monthly guest co-teacher of text. For more information, contact Clergy Associate, Ronni Pressman

Interfaith Friends Circle

The Interfaith Friends Circle at Temple Ner Tamid is a supportive, listening community, whose main focus is on providing a safe space for people who have more than one integral and valued religious and/or cultural tradition in their home.

Participants will enjoy a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere to discuss relevant issues, explore articles and texts that might affect interfaith families, share openly of their own experience, and create lasting friendships within the community.

The group is facilitated by Cantor Meredith Greenberg in the Third Wednesday evening of each month from 7-8:30 PM. 
Contact Cantor {at} nertamid.org with any questions

Aging Parents Support Group

It’s often a difficult transition, becoming the caregiver for aging or sick parents. Most of our lives have been spent with the parent being the adult, the mentor, the.....PARENT. Now that role is shifting and they may becoming people you don’t quite recognize. Our “Caregiving Aging Parents” group meets monthly to discuss issues around the challenges and blessings of this time of life. Come monthly, or as a drop-in when needed. This month we will discuss, “Our needs as Caregivers”.

Our dates are the first Tuesday nights of each month at 7:30 starting November 5 and continuing December 3, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2. Contact Nurse Karen Frank for more details, NurseKarenFrank@gmail.com.

Wise Aging 2.0

There are 1.9 million Jewish adults ages 55+ in the U.S. In a society that does not support us as we age, our Jewish communities are just beginning to address the issues and opportunities of paying attention to the needs of this demographic.

There is no set of instructions for getting older—for the shifts in our social and support networks, the feeling of invisibility, the angst of dealing with aging parents, the mixed signals of entering retirement, or the surprising turns in our relationships with ourselves, our partners, friends, and colleagues. On the other hand, those of us currently in this stage can count ourselves as part of an extraordinary, history-making generation—pioneers in understanding and making the most of this “third chapter” of life. Many of us will be blessed with unprecedented healthy years ahead, full of potential for learning and growth.

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s foray into “wise aging” is designed to:

  • Give Jewish adults 55 and older a meaningful place in the Jewish community;
  • Open up conversations about what it means to get older; and
  • Create new understandings about life so we can live with spirit, resilience and joy.

This year Wise Aging 2.0 for continuing participants will take place on Monday evenings at Temple Ner Tamid in the fall - October 28, November 4, 11, 18. Please contact Rachel Hertzman to register. 

Tikkun Middot Project (TMP)

TheTikkun Middot Project (TMP) supports the ongoing character development of its participants, through mindfulness practice and tikkun middot, the cultivation of moral traits (such as patience, compassion, trust, and mindful speech). In 2014-15, the Institute For Jewish Spirituality piloted an innovative community-based national program, to promote character development through the integration of mindfulness and tikkun middot practice.

In 2017, Cantor Greenberg brought this wonderful approach to living Jewishly to our community, and along with twelve adults from our religious school parent population, spent 10 months engaging in this practice and it was a truly life changing experience for all involved. Participation involves monthly meetings with a cohort of 14 members, weekly check-ins with an assigned partner, and a daily journaling practice. 

The ikkar/essence of this practice is that by cultivating one's attention to moral traits individuals become more...

· Aware of situations in which they typically react negatively
· Able to respond to such situations with greater wisdom and compassion
· Awake to the experience of their community as they model positive moral character

Senior Group

The Louis R. and Dorothy Druian Fellowship Circle is a Senior Group sponsored by Temple Ner Tamid and the JCC Metrowest and founded by the late Dorothy Druian. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from September until June. Meetings begin at 10:45 am with exercises and current events discussions followed by a dairy bag lunch (dessert and coffee provided) and an afternoon educational program. For additional informational, please contact Susan Galatz, JCC Program Coordinator at sgalaz@jccmetrowest.org or call (973) 530-3447. The group is open to the community.

Thu, May 28 2020 5 Sivan 5780