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Tikkun Olam

As Jews we are obligated to pursue justice and Tikkun Olam. We at Temple Ner Tamid view Tikun Olam not only in its literal translation of repairing the world but also in the larger context of reconnecting to that which is bigger than ourselves. 

…as such, for us, Tikkun Olam is also about: 

  • Responsibility 
  • Community 
  • Hineini, being there for others 

At Temple Ner Tamid, we have a host of important initiatives in which you may want to get involved. For more information about any of these, email our VP of Tikkun Olam, Fred Pressman.

ShopRite Food Collection

Once a month, congregants stand outside of ShopRite in Bloomfield, handing out flyers that ask those who are shopping to buy an extra canned good or box of food. These donations are collected and given to the Human Need Food Pantry. Each month we collect hundreds of boxes of food making it the single largest ongoing food-donation program in Montclair. Multiple shifts are available each Sunday. For more information email Laurie Hornick.

Bloomfield Café Feeds the Hungry

Take the opportunity to help prepare and serve meals to those in our community who are in need of food assistance. One Sunday a month we come together at the Park United Methodist Church, 12 Park Street, in Bloomfield. Congregants to cook, serve food, and clean-up for those who are hungry in our midst. For more information email Sharyn Mandel.  

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (Family Promise) of Essex County, NJ has, for more than two decades, helped homeless families – parents and children – who are in need of shelter.  They provide emergency shelter and meals 365 days a year through a network of over 60 churches and synagogues in Essex County. 

Each year, as part of this program, we take multiple slots (of up to a week) at the Mission House through the Park United Methodist Church, to help homeless and displaced families that are in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program. We always need people to cook and serve dinner and to say over at this shelter. For more information email Debbie Kravitz.

High Holiday Food Drive

Each year we collect and deliver nearly a thousand bags combined to the Human Needs Food Pantry and the Community Food Bank of NJ as part of our High Holy Day Celebrations. Congregants leave with bags which they bring, full of cans and boxes to be distributed to poor members of our community. We are always looking for people to load and unload these backs as well as others to ensure they are distributed at services. For more information email Fred Pressman.

Christmas Hospital Assistance Program

Temple members are invited each year volunteer some time at Clara Maass Hospital on December 24th and 25th in order to give volunteers a much needed day off. Volunteers may work the front desk, hand out supplies, or visit with patients. For more information email Harvey Morganstein.

Muslim/Jewish Partnership

A group of women in our congregation have been meeting in pairs and small groups with members of Peace Islands Institute to teach these Turkish speakers English. Through this shared work they have created programming, forged bonds, and built community. For more information be in touch with Jodi Paroff

Temple Rummage Sale

Each spring our congregation runs a rummage sale for residents of the greater Bloomfield area. Over the course of one day, congregants set-up and staff this important sale, allowing local residents to buy clothing and household items at significantly reduced prices. If you want to donate anything or can help staff this sale (happening every June), please be in touch with Nina Tucker.

Montclair Sanctuary Alliance

The Montclair Sanctuary Alliance is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations and individuals offering sanctuary to individuals resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together with their families and communities. We stand publicly against the injustices affecting immigrants and support reforms to promote fairness. 

Montclair congregations support the Sanctuary Movement in several ways, including advocating changes to federal and local policy.  Additionally, we have created a space within the Bnai Keshet building to offer physical shelter to an individual or family at risk of deportation. Click here to volunteer. 

Tue, February 18 2020 23 Shevat 5780