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Social Justice Opportunities

As Rabbi Katz mentioned in his Yom Kippur sermon, it’s his hope that everyone in our community will chose something this year that they can do that will animate them and give them an occasion to give back. While some of you will choose things outside of TNT, many are looking for help in navigating the many opportunities right here.

For this reason, he hopes you will visit our website and fill out this form  where you will find a list of opportunities to give back. Some of them are direct service (feeding the poor, housing the homeless). Others are opportunities for advocacy (working to help the undocumented members of our community). Still others are inward focused, helping us to take care of the sick and bereaved in our own community. If you have any questions, reach out to Rabbi Katz.

Israeli Fiction Reading Group

Join us as we launch our bi-monthly Israeli Fiction reading group. Learn about Israeli culture and politics from the source: through the writings of some of Israel's most famous contemporary authors. Our first book will be "Three Floors Up" by Eshkol Nevo. Find out more about the book here . The first meeting will be held on Sunday, December 1 at 7 pm at the home of Norm and Vicki Pollack. Click here to RSVP.

Wise Aging 2.0

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. 

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.

Mitzvah in a Minute

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 Thursday, 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.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Interfaith Service

Wednesday November 20 at 7:00 pm ~ Sponsored by the Montclair Clergy Association

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton, Ave. Montclair

All Are Welcome to Join in this Observance of Remembrance, Mourning, and Affirmation. 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgenderwoman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."

Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Let us gather for this essential work which will move us through lamentation to solidarity and support. 

Questions and offers to participate, volunteer, or sponsor can be directed to Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael at revanya@uumontclair.org.

Shoresh Vendor Sale

Don’t miss Shoresh Preschool’s Holiday Vendor and Bake Sale on Sunday, November 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Featuring complimentary activities for the kids while you shop, including a set by our very own TNT’s Ramblers, Yoga with Miss Kimmie and Music with Max.

2019 Vendors Include…  

Shana Freeman Studio * Pixie Lane JKK * Lori Loebelsohn Life Cycle Portraits & Judaica * Beautycounter * Cutco Knives * Love Letter Gifts * Daisies Chain * Moss & More * Dolce Federica * Bowered and Bare (our own Morah Melissa) * Color Street Nail Strips (our own Morah Martha) * RP Glass and Jewelry (our own Ronni Pressman) * Leora Perlman Pottery * Hipster and Co * Zyia Active * Lunera Dreams * Oh So Preeti *Usborne Books * RASAforyou * Montclair Made * Croce Crochet * And more…

Melton School Graduate Class

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 rlillianthal@jccmetrowest.org or call 973-530-3519.

Immigrant Assistant Opportunities

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.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.

**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.

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.