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Guest Speaker Brian Arbour

Join us for the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, July 19 beginning at 6:30 pm. The service, led by 

Brian Arbour is a Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College, City University of New York.  Brian is also a member of the Election Night Decision Desk for Fox News Channel, the behind-the-scenes group that "calls" races for the Network. 

My talk is titled "Who Doesn't Vote?  And How We Can We Get Them to Be Voters" 


My simple biography.


Immigrant Assistant Opportunities

Going forward we will be listing opportunities in the egeret that arise for those of you in our TNT community to both assist in direct services for immigrants as well as participate in advocacy for immigrant rights.

Here is today’s postings:

  1. Montclair Sanctuary Alliance, of which Temple Ner Tamid is a member, has participated in setting up an apartment facility in one of Bnai Keshet's buildings to house immigrants in need. Some of you may have been involved in that endeavor that has been housing the Martinez/Ochoa family over the last number of months. Below is a post from Max Polaner of Bnai Keshet describing the situation at present and what is needed for the family and others at an additional facility the Alliance has been asked to assist in making ready for new families when needed.

    "Dear Montclair Sanctuary Alliance,
    As you may recall, our goal in providing space for the Martinez/Ochoa family was to assist them in their transition to the United States and give them the chance to find more long term housing after they had gotten settled. Fortunately, the family’s current legal status means that they do not face the threat of imminent deportation, and so they are not in need of the sanctuary that Bnai Keshet provides. Meanwhile, the current threats coming out of Washington mean there may be many others who do have that need, and so we have been working to find new, longer term housing for the Martinez/Ochoa family both for their own long term well-being, and also to enable us to provide sanctuary to those who need it.

    The good news is that it appears we have located a place for the Martinez/Ochoa family to move to. The additional housing is right in Montclair - at the Rectory Building of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church - (now part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish - a merger with Immaculate Conception Church). The second piece of good news is that that building will be home to three immigrant families. The bad news is - the new place needs work!

    Volunteers from St. Teresa’s have been hard at work on improving the space, including making much needed fixes to the roof, but they need help in completing the rest of the improvements so that the space is ready for new occupants. They have asked for our help. 

    They have scheduled three work weekends- July 20-21, August 3-4 and August 17-18. The work is very similar to what many of you did at Bnai Keshet - spackling and then painting and then cleaning. We can use all the help that we can get. I’ve listed the specific jobs that the church has let us know is needed below.

    If you are available on any of these three weekends, please contact Eric Scherzer at Eric.scherzer@gmail.com


Here is the list of projects:


Thoroughly clean and re-line kitchen cabinets.

Clean, organize and stock kitchen with very basic nonperishables and kitchen items  such as dish towels, sponges, dish soap. There is already plenty of household items like dishes, utensils, etc. 

Clean one bathroom and stock with soap, cleaning supplies, etc.

Move refrigerator from garage and clean the refrigerator in the kitchen.


Take big old TV and other small items to recycling (Saturday only) 

Set up beds with new or very gently used clean linens.


Clean living room and dining room floors and woodwork.

Clean windows and provide mini blinds or shades for privacy.


Clean or have the two couches cleaned. Provide new throw pillows if needed.


Clean, including filters, of air conditioners. If they’re beyond repair, investigate how to dispose of them. 



Thanks in advance for any help you can give.






2- Refrigerator Needed

The refrigerator donated for the B’nai Keshet apartment has unfortunately died so they are hoping someone might have a refrigerator they could donate it to replace it.  If you have one, or know of someone who has one, please contact either Peter Wert pete.wert@verizon.net or myself, Fred Pressman fpressman7@me.com. 

Guest Speaker Brian Arbour

Join us for the Erev Shabbat service on Friday, July 19 beginning at 6:30 pm. The service will be led by Robin Sherman and Miriam Libove. Following the service we'll be joined by our guest speaker, Brian Arbour. Brian's discussion is titled "Who Doesn't Vote? And How We Can We Get Them to Be Voters".

Brian Arbour is a current member of Ner Tamid and an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College, City University of New York. Brian is also a member of the Election Night Decision Desk for Fox News Channel, the behind-the-scenes group that "calls" races for the Network. 

Summer Service Schedule

Friday, July 19 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Miriam Libove and Robin Sherman followed by a discussion with guest speaker, Brian Arbour.

Saturday, July 20 at 10 am
The service will be led by Dan Herman and Marge Grayson

Friday, July 26 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Debbie Kravitz and Bob Mellman followed by a community potluck dairy dinner.

Saturday, July 27 at 10 am
The service will be led by Rick Abrams and Lori Price Abrams

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by JoAnna Luks and Brian O'Reilly followed by a discussion with Bob Mellman.

Saturday, August 3 at 10 am
The service will be led by Morty Bernstein and Herb Perten

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Peri Smilow and Budd Mishkin followed by a discussion with Jennifer Brown.

Saturday, August 10 at 10 am
The service will be led by Alan Berner.

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Ken Cohen and Jodi Nussbaum followed by a discussion with Lee Behlman. Lee's discussion is titled "Social Justice and the Prophets." 

Friday, August 17 at 10 am
The service will be led by Dan Herman

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Derek Caney and Roger Segal followed by a discussion with Karen Frank.

Saturday, August 24 at 10 am
The service will be led by Cantorial Assistant Ronni Pressman

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 pm
The service will be led by Judy Anderson and Harvey Morginstin followed by a community potluck dairy dinner.

Saturday, August 31 at 10 am
The service will be led by Crystal Van Horn and Steve Lee.

An Evening with Rabbi Yonathan Neril

Thursday, August 1 at 7 pm ~ Temple Sholom of West Essex (760 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove)

Temple Sholom of West Essex, Temple Ner Tamid, Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Community Church of Cedar Grove, Peace Island Institute, GreenFaith and Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation invite you to an evening with Rabbi Yonathan Neril, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. The topic for the evening is "We Have One Home: What Excites me about Interfaith Ecological Cooperation." Climate change and water scarcity transcend borders and religions, and present a collective challenge among diverse groups of people.

Rabbi Neril will share information about his interfaith ecology work in Israel and globally, including his recent experience with meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, speaking at the UN Environment Assembly's Faith for Each Initiative in Nairobi, attending the World Economic Forum Middle East and North Africa in Jordan, and how current environmental challenges serve as a platform to unite a range of people in Jerusalem and beyond. 

Please call or email Temple Sholom to register at 973-239-1321 or office@sholom.net

Guest Speaker, Lee Behlman

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 pm

Please join us for the Erev Shabbat service, led by Jodi Nussbaum and Ken Cohen. Following the service Lee Behlman will be our guest speaker. His discussion is titled "Social Justice and the Prophets."

Lee Behlman is a Ner Tamid member and an associate professor of English at Montclair State University, where he also directs the MSU Honors Program.  His research and teaching is primarily focused on 19th-century British literature, but his favorite course to teach is on the Hebrew Bible as Literature.  He's nothing like an expert on the Tanakh but he looks forward to a stimulating conversation on social justice ideas in Amos, Isaiah, and other biblical prophets.

Rabbi Katz Honored by the Essex County Freeholders

Essex County knows diversity is our strength. With anti-Semitism on the rise in New Jersey and across the country, it’s important to recognize Jewish Heritage Month and the many contributions of members of our community. Congratulations to Linda Scherzer from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Rabbi Marc Katz on their well-deserved recognition by the Essex County Board of Freeholders. Click here to see photos.

Career Bank at TNT

Rabbi Katz’s Kol Nidre sermon spoke about the need for Temple Ner Tamid to meet people at the most important moments in their life. Among those, we know that finding a job that is fulfilling and meaningful certainly fits the bill.

For this reason, we are launching a community-wide initiative that will help us to create the caring community that we all desire.

We are putting together a Temple Ner Tamid Career Exploration Bank that will link Temple Ner Tamid job seekers with those who are already working in their desired field for an informational interview about their work. Another purpose of the Bank is to provide a resource for children of TNT members who are exploring career paths and making important life decisions before, during and after their college years.

The “Bank” will live online and in a folder at Temple in the office. Here’s how it will work: Job seekers or career seekers of any sort (recent graduates, mid-career or later in career or even Hebrew high school students) will reach out to other TNT members who have indicated a willingness to make themselves available for an informational interview (phone or in person) and a career/job chat. It’s a 45-minute commitment each time you do it – and you can help a TNT community job seeker at a REALLY important time.

Step 1 is to build the bank of volunteers willing to talk with other TNT members about their line of work – or a former line of work. As a mentor, all you need is 45 minutes and a willingness to talk about your line of work in an informational interview. 

Please let us know if you would be willing to take part and talk to interested job seekers.

Sign up today to be a mentor! 

Rabbi Katz was the first to sign up. All potential future Rabbis, he wants to chat with you.

Will you join us in this effort to link members of our community and support them in a search for a meaningful career?

Montclair Israeli Dance Project

All are welcome at for Israeli Dancing on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Bnai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. The cost is $10 per session.

Temple Ner Tamid's Amazon Store

Shopping via Ner Tamid's Amazon store won't cost you anything, but it does allow Temple Ner Tamid to earn about 6% from most purchases. All of your Amazon shopping benefits Temple Ner Tamid. Please click here to access Amazon.com and then after shopping, proceed to the checkout. Ner Tamid's commission will be credited automatically.