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Rosh Hashanah Sermons and Haftarah Recordings

Yom Kippur Sermons and Haftarah Recordings

Kol Nidre: Rabbi Marc Katz's Sermon"Our Burning Palace: Addressing Race in America"
 

Self-Paced Yom Kippur Afternoon Offerings

Below are options for you to explore during your Yom Kippur observance. Select the title to access the video program, all programs are available in audio format on our Temple Ner Tamid podcast:
 
In a world so seemingly devoid of decency, the central teaching of Torah — Kedushah or Holiness — may very well contain the elixir essential for doing Tikkun or Repair with each other. Join with Rabbi Emeritus Steven Kushner to examine why being “holier than thou” is at the core of being a decent human being.    
 
We will explore some of the history of the Avodah service in Judaism generally and in Reform Judaism specifically, examine the current Avodah service, and attempt to recapitulate some of the feeling of the original Avodah service.  
 
Each Yom Kippur afternoon we commemorate those who gave their lives for a greater cause. Though traditionally we mark the day by remembering those victims of persecution, ancient and modern, this year we mark the day by acknowledging our modern day martyrs, those individuals who risked and gave their lives in the fight against COVID.  
 
Midrash is the art of expanding the world of a story by adding detail. Art functions in the same way. What did the whale look like that swallowed Jonah? How did Jonah feel sitting outside the walls of Nineveh? Come learn the story of Jonah and here how great artists throughout time have interpreted these details and more. 
 
Cantor Greenberg will led us in a 20 minute meditation anchored in the mystical teachings of The Four Worlds. After an introduction, Cantor Greenberg will guide us toward integration at this most spiritually  energetic time of year. Find a comfortable seat and set your intention for a contemplative Yom Kippur practice. 
 
The Hebrew word for prophet is “navi,” which literally seems to mean “one who has been called.”  In this brief talk, Prof. Behlman will discuss how God’s call upon the prophet became, by the time of the composition of Jonah, a staple of biblical storytelling. Jonah comes near the end of a long line of prophets who at first refuse God’s call - a quintessential example of what Herman Melville’s preacher in Moby-Dick calls a “God-fugitive.” How can we understand Jonah’s flight from God in the context of the earlier prophetic narratives, and what does it mean that his own flight from God is so extreme?
 
Come to Temple Ner Tamid to see and pray in front of the Torah from 3pm - 6pm. Sign up for a time here:  www.nertamid.org/form/Torah
 

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Temple Ner Tamid is excited to announce the many exciting and engaging programs and services taking place throughout the Days of Awe. Below, you will find descriptions of all the services and program options we are offering in order to ensure that you can find spirituality, community, and holiness even from afar. 

We know that the High Holy Day season may be hard for some, as it is a reminder that things are anything but normal. We know this year there will be no large dinners with families, no packed and buzzing sanctuary, no New Year's hugs and handshakes. And if this is hard for you, please be in touch with Rabbi Katz and he will schedule a time to connect.
 
We do have faith, that together, despite the distance, we can still bring meaning, purpose, and connection to our High Holy Day Season! 
If you have any questions, reach out to us at hello {at} nertamid.org.
 
 
 

Registration is now closed, refer to our Calendar for public service offerings. 

What's Different?

Mostly everything! But not the commitment our clergy, staff, and volunteers leaders have to bringing you, our members, the best possible High Holy Day experience. Below are some highlights of how we've adapted our in-person experience to a mostly virtual multidimensional experience to ensure you can still find spirituality, community, and holiness while remaining safe.

Virtual and In-Person Elements

All of our High Holy Day services will be conducted virtually with a professional crew. Many volunteer leaders have been working hard, recording and editing elements of the service to be woven into the Rabbi Katz and Cantor Greenberg's live leading of the services. Rabbi Katz is recording his impactful sermons to be watched when you are ready, either with a group of Temple Ner Tamid members, with your family, or on your own. These sermons will be accompanied by guiding questions for reflection. 

There will be a few opportunities throughout the High Holidays to gather in person for those who wish to do so. Our Tashlikh program will take place at Clark's Pond over an hour and a half period of time when members can arrive and be guided through a 15-20 minute experience. This will allow us to maintain social distancing while seeing the faces of our dear friends, community members, clergy, and staff. 

Together with other area congregations, on the 2d day of Rosh Hashanah, Temple Ner Tamid will participate in a group of 30-40 shofar blowing locations around the local area. This will allow all our members to hear the Shofar be blown. 

On Yom Kippur afternoon, we are inviting members to come to the temple and spend a few minutes in front of our portable Ark and Torah for personal or family prayer and reflection. Finally, we are providing a space for our teens to come together in discussion on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and be together in a safe environment. 

HHD Toolkit and Prayer Books

Our clergy, staff, and leaders recognize the difference between being able to hold a prayer book in your hands and reading off a virtual version on a screen. For this year, we will be distributing the High Holy Day prayer books to all our members available for pick up at designated times leading up to Erev Rosh Hashanah. If the prayer books are not returned to our office by the end of Sukkot, your account will be charged for the books until they are returned or you can cover the cost and keep the books. If the books become heavily damaged, we appreciate you covering the cost to replace them. 

This opportunity also allows us to provide your family with some tools to celebrate at home. The first is a unique journal designed by Cantor Greenberg for each member of your family which contains 10 questions for reflection. Intended to be used in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, these journals are yours to keep and use as you need them. We will also be providing some Rosh Hashanah goodies for our families to share with their children, the Book of Remembrance, Honors Listing, and information about the High Holy Day Appeal. Pick-up times are listed at the bottom of this page.

Virtual Dinners and Sermon Watch Parties 

Our tradition is full of times when family and friends gather over a holiday meal. Acknowledging the unsafe nature of gathering at this time, we are offering to organize groups of 4-5 TNT member families to come together over a virtual platform, like Zoom, to enjoy their dinners together, watch Rabbi Katz's sermon if they would like, and discuss the ideas he raises. You can indicate your interest in participating in this offering on your registration form.

Audio Engagement Through Our Podcast

Temple Ner Tamid created a podcast last year so that our members were able to listen to Rabbi Katz's High Holy Day Sermons. This year, we will be posting original musical pieces from Cantor Meredith Greenberg, meditative recordings, Rabbi Katz's sermon, as well as the virtual Tashlikh option. Available now are Rabbi Katz's sermons from last year and Cantor Greenberg's album P'ticha. 

Search for "Temple Ner Tamid" on your favorite podcast platform or find the platforms that support our podcast and subscribe here: www.nertamid.org/podcast

What's the Same?

Rabbi Marc Katz
 

Cantor Meredith Greenberg
 
Live from your
Temple Ner Tamid home!

Each service will contain the same prayers you have become accustomed to. Our congregants will read from the Torah and be honored with Aliyot. Rabbi Katz will provide deep reflective learning and Cantor Greenberg will lend her uplifting and introspective voice in contemplative prayer.

Below you will find a listing of all the services available and what to expect. Once you are ready, be sure to register using the links above and below this page. Although many things in our world are different, your home at Temple Ner Tamid is still strong as ever!

Rosh Hashanah Services

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Friday, September 18th at 6:30pm
 
We begin the Ten Days of Awe with virtual prayer, song, and reflection. You can sign up to be matched for a virtual dinner with 4-5 other TNT member families. You can watch Rabbi Katz’s sermon together, which will be available separately from services beginning at 5pm that evening.
 
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service
Saturday, September 19th at 10:30am
 
Our community will pray, sing, and mark the turning of a New Year virtually together. Hear readings and reflections from your fellow congregants. Rabbi Katz’s sermon will be available to watch separately from services beginning at 9am.
 
Tashlikh Service at Clark's Pond
Saturday, September 19th at 2:00pm
 
Our first in-person community program this year will take place at Clark’s Pond, behind the Bloomfield Middle School as we cast our sins into the water below. To ensure safe social distancing, come at any point between 2:00pm-3:30pm. We have created a 15 minute ritual that includes stations for hearing the shofar, praying with the Cantor and Rabbi, listening to a guided mediation, and more. A virtual option will be released for congregants to observe this ritual on their own time. 
 
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Service
Sunday, September 20th at 10:30am
 
The community will come together virtually as Rabbi Katz and Cantor Greenberg lead us as we pray, sing, and mark the turning of a new year. Hear readings and reflections from your fellow congregants. Rabbi Katz’s sermon will be available to watch separately from services beginning at 9:00am.
 
Community Shofar Blowing
Sunday, September 20th at 3:00pm
 
Together with the other neighborhood synagogues, we have created 30-40 sites where congregants can hear Shofar blown near your homes in a safe and socially distanced manner. If you are homebound please reach out to Rabbi Katz, rabbi {at} nertamid.org, to reserve a private sounding outside of your home.
 

Yom Kippur Services

Kol Nidre Service
Sunday, September 27th at 7:00pm
 
Together we will begin the Day of Atonement with virtual prayer, song, and reflection. You can be matched for a virtual pre-fast dinner with 4-5 families at 6:00pm. Rabbi Katz’s sermon will be available to watch separately from services beginning at 5:00pm that evening.
 
Yom Kippur Service
Monday, September 28th at 10:30am
 
Pray, sing, and mark Day of Atonement together at this virtual service. Hear readings and reflections from your fellow congregants. Rabbi Katz’s sermon will be available to watch separately from services beginning at 9:00am.
 
Yizkor Memorial Service
Monday, September 28th at 3:00pm
 
Take time to reflect and remember our loved ones who we have lost in recent days and years past. Induce the names of your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance. 
 
Yom Kippur Afternoon Programming
Monday, September 28 at 3:30pm
 
Experience many of the central elements of Yom Kippur afternoon at your own pace. We have created videos for some of our afternoon services as well as a few live zoom sessions to explore the prayers and themes of the day. Links will be available and shared closer to Yom Kippur.
 
Personal or Family Prayer in Front of the Torah
Monday, September 28th at 3:00pm - 6:00pm
 
Congregants will have the opportunity to spend 5 minutes in personal prayer in front of an ark and Torah in our courtyard. You will be able to select a time slot after expressing interest in this offering.
 
Neilah Concluding Service
Monday, September 28th at 6:00pm
 
Our final service of Yom Kippur, where together, one last time, we pray and sing together virtually during these Days of Awe.
 

Self-Paced Yom Kippur Afternoon Offerings

Below are options for you to explore during your Yom Kippur observance. Select the title to access the video program, all programs are available in audio format on our Temple Ner Tamid podcast:
 
Holier Than Thou: A Text Study with Rabbi Emeritus Steve Kushner @ 4:00pm
In a world so seemingly devoid of decency, the central teaching of Torah — Kedushah or Holiness — may very well contain the elixir essential for doing Tikkun or Repair with each other. Join with Rabbi Emeritus Steven Kushner to examine why being “holier than thou” is at the core of being a decent human being.    
 
Creative Avodah Service with Steve Lee
We will explore some of the history of the Avodah service in Judaism generally and in Reform Judaism specifically, examine the current Avodah service, and attempt to recapitulate some of the feeling of the original Avodah service.  
 
Martyrology Service with Rabbi Marc Katz and Clergy Associate Ronni Pressman
Each Yom Kippur afternoon we commemorate those who gave their lives for a greater cause. Though traditionally we mark the day by remembering those victims of persecution, ancient and modern, this year we mark the day by acknowledging our modern day martyrs, those individuals who risked and gave their lives in the fight against COVID.  
 
The Book of Jonah Through Art with Rabbi Marc Katz and Anne Phillips
Midrash is the art of expanding the world of a story by adding detail. Art functions in the same way. What did the whale look like that swallowed Jonah? How did Jonah feel sitting outside the walls of Nineveh? Come learn the story of Jonah and here how great artists throughout time have interpreted these details and more. 
 
Mindful Meditation with Cantor Meredith Greenberg
Cantor Greenberg will led us in a 20 minute meditation anchored in the mystical teachings of The Four Worlds. After an introduction, Cantor Greenberg will guide us toward integration at this most spiritually  energetic time of year. Find a comfortable seat and set your intention for a contemplative Yom Kippur practice. 
 
Jonah, the "God Fugitive" and the Call of the Prophet with Lee Behlman
The Hebrew word for prophet is “navi,” which literally seems to mean “one who has been called.”  In this brief talk, Prof. Behlman will discuss how God’s call upon the prophet became, by the time of the composition of Jonah, a staple of biblical storytelling. Jonah comes near the end of a long line of prophets who at first refuse God’s call - a quintessential example of what Herman Melville’s preacher in Moby-Dick calls a “God-fugitive.” How can we understand Jonah’s flight from God in the context of the earlier prophetic narratives, and what does it mean that his own flight from God is so extreme?
 
Come to Temple Ner Tamid to see and pray in front of the Torah from 3pm - 6pm. Sign up for a time here:  www.nertamid.org/form/Torah
 

Family B'yachad Services

Following the theme "Belonging: Lost & Found," Peri Smilow with Clergy Associate Ronni Pressman, along with other amazing leaders will engage our families with an uplifting and participatory family service for families with children in 3rd - 7th grade.
 
Every family who registers for a B'yachad service will receive a bag of supplies to help you celebrate with your family. These bags will be available for pick-up during the prayer book distribution times and will include a special activity linked to the service, honey sticks, dried apples, activity pages, and more!
 
Rosh Hashanah B'yachad Family Service
Saturday, September 19th at 11:00am
 
Kol Nidre B'yachad Family Service
Sunday, September 27th at 7:30pm*
(This service will begin 30 minutes after the community service; you can join us for that service before joining this service with your family.)
 
Yom Kippur B'yachad Family Service
Monday, September 28th at 11:00am
 

Tot Services

These interactive and musical services will highlight the themes and music of the High Holy Days for our littlest ones. Rabbi Katz and Cantor Greenberg will engage your young children with songs, by asking questions, and sharing the traditions of the observance. 
 
Every family who registers for a Tot service will receive a bag of supplies to help you celebrate with your family.
These bags will be available for pick-up during the prayer book distribution times and will include a Shofar, honey sticks, dried apples, stickers, coloring pages, and more!
 
Rosh Hashanah Tot Family Service
Saturday, September 19th at 9:00am
 
Yom Kippur Tot Family Service
Monday, September 28th at 9:00am
 

Teen Programs

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Saturday, September 19th
2pm - Join Michele online as students explore and participate in an online ritual associated with Tashlich, the ritual of casting bread into water to symbolize getting rid of our sins.
 
3pm - Join Michele and other teens in-person at Clark's Pond (behind the Bloomfield Middle School). In a safe and socially distanced way we will learn about and prepare for Tashlich to join the rest of TNT as our teens together cast bread into water. Bring masks and be ready for in-person temperature checks.
 
 
Yom Kippur
Monday, September 28th at 2:30pm
2pm - Join Michele online as students explore the question of forgiveness. Who do they need to forgive this year? What does forgiveness mean to us? And what does it mean to hold on to grudges?
 
3pm - Join Michele and other teens in-person at Temple Ner Tamid. In a safe and socially distanced way we will also discuss forgiveness and its role in our lives. Then, students will help with out social action project for Yom Kippur, helping to collect and sort donated canned goods to be given to the Human Needs Food Pantry. Bring masks and be ready for in-person temperature check.
 
For more information, reach out to our Youth Group Advisor, Michele Lainof at michelelainof@gmail.com
 

Registration Links

Registration is now closed, refer to our Calendar for public service offerings. 
 
 
 
High Holy Day Toolkit and Prayer Book Pick-Up Schedule: 
 
September 14th – 18th:     10:00am – 12:00pm
September 14th – 17th:     2:00pm – 4:00pm
September 15th and 17th:  6:30pm – 8:30pm
 
Pick-up will take place outside our courtyard by the driveway.
 
 
 
 
 

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