Leaving overnight camp after almost a month is always hard. Your bunkmates and counselors have become your family while you are away from home. Packing up is a mixture of laughter and tears. It sometimes feel like I am collecting a summer of memories to take home with me. When our parents arrive and we are forced to say goodbye to the people and place we love so much, it’s almost hard to comprehend. After dozens of hugs and photos, it’s finally time to go. Driving through the gates towards home, I know that the pictures, Shabbat, color war songs, and jokes we told will carry me through until I see another camper at Temple or even one of my counselors. We have that instant connection as soon as we see each other or sing a song we love from camp. The smiles instantly appear. There is no feeling like seeing my friends for the first time the following summer. It’s only been one day and I already long for that return to camp.
By Sam Schneider, 9th Grade, after returning home from camp in August
Menstrual inequility is a global issue and we are working locally to do our part to address the problem in Essex County. Join the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW/Essex) and Temple Ner Tamid on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:30 am at TNT as we assemble feminine hygiene packets to benefit the NCJW/Essex Period.Project and Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair NJ. Click here to register. Questions? Call 973-740-0588.
Selichot - A Time for Reflection
Saturday, September 21
5:30 pm: Selichot for Young Families - Service and "Paint-A-Prayer"
6:00 - 6:30 pm: Community Potluck Dinner (no meat, shellfish, or nuts)
6:30 - 8:00 pm: You choose your path - "Paint-A-Prayer" or Film & Discussion with Rabbi Katz
Paint-A-Prayer with guest artist, Jennifer Levine:
- For the little ones -wear messy clothing
- For the "not so little ones" - we are all born to create. Combine chanting, text study, and collaborative painting to find our way into the High Holy Days and renew our commitment to a colorful, joyous life.
Film & Discussion with Rabbi Marc Katz
Film" The Twilight Zone with themes that speak to the High Holy Days
Join us for our monthly meeting on Monday, September 16th. We'll begin at 7:30 pm with a brief overview of Moms Demand Action and provide an update on state and federal legislation. September is Suicide Awareness month and we will be joined by congregant Dr. Ilysa Michelson. Dr. Michelson, is a clinical psychologist in Montclair, NJ. She has a private practice specializing in adults, older adolescents and their families struggling with overwhelming emotions and suicidal/self-harming behaviors. Dr. Michelson is also a clinical instructor at Rutgers University Medical School, providing training to psychiatrists in treating clients with impulsive behaviors. To attendplease rsvp here. Questions about Moms Demand Action or any upcoming meetings contact Jaime Bedrin.
Calling all 8th thru 12th graders! Join NuTTY for a BBQ at the home of Rabbi Marc Katz on Sunday, September 22 beginning at 1 pm. Please RSVP by September 15 to Michele Lainof or text your RSVP to 201-410-3964. When you register please indicate if there are food allergies.
Please join us for a sampling before you make a commitment to a multi- session group later this fall. Offered in community with Bnai Keshet and Congregation Shomrei Emunah on Sunday, September 22 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Temple Ner Tamid. Questions? Know you’d like to attend? Can’t make it but want to know more? Please contact Rachel Hertzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open for the Melton School Graduate Class taking place on Wednesday mornings at Temple Ner Tamid. Click here to read more about the program and download the registration form. For more information or to register please email Rhoda Lilienthal at email@example.com or call 973-530-3519.
Going forward we will be listing opportunities 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:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
**Refrigerator Needed: The refrigerator donated for the Bnai Keshet apartment has unfortunately died so they are hoping someone might have a refrigerator they could donate to replace it. If you have one, or know of someone who has one, please contact either Peter Wert or Fred Pressman.
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.
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?
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.
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