June 13, 2021 •
Select Page

A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

May Mitzvah of the Month

To fulfill the Temple B’nai Abraham Social Action Committee’s May Mitzvah of the Month, congregants made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assembled breakfast/lunch bags filled with the sandwich, pair of socks, a piece of fruit and a snack.

Over 450 bagged meals were delivered to four Newark churches by Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors to feed adults and children who still do not have enough to eat. It is hoped that this nutritious meal will help make the recipients mentally sharp to complete their schooling or go to work.

Invisible Text

Essex County Jewish Heritage Celebration: Rabbi Vaisberg honored at this event

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners held its 2021 Essex County Jewish Heritage Month Celebration via Zoom teleconference. Commissioner Sebold honored Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, with the Board’s commendation. He was recognized for his spiritual leadership as the Senior Rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey. Additionally, he was recognized for his accomplishments as a writer, education advocate, and for his work fighting for social justice.  Further highlights of the program included opening and closing prayers from Rabbinical Assistant Max Edwards and musical selections from Cantor Jessica F. Epstein.

Invisible Text

Confirmation 2021

Congratulations to the TBA 2021 confirmands and their families:  Amanda Bialick, Ben Epstein, Sam & Miriam Grodin, Jamie Heskett, and Daniella Jacob!


Invisible Text

Our TBA Clergy Team

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg leads B’nai Abraham’s dynamic clergy team, which also includes Cantor Jessica Epstein and Rabbi Max Edwards. Each brings invaluable contributions to the bima and to our congregational family.


















Invisible Text

Early School STEAM FUN

Students of The Early School of Temple B’nai Abraham are immersed in their STEAM- based curriculum ( science, technology, engineering art, and mathematics). Recently the students were studying different types of weather patterns.  Weather disturbances,  such as tornados,  were explained,  as well as what weather systems need to be in place for them to naturally occur in our environment.  The science experiment “A Tornado in a Jar ”  demonstrated this phenomenon.


















Invisible Text

The Ross Sanctuary

We worship God with joy, humility and meaning, maintaining our own rich traditions as we perpetuate those of our faith.


















Invisible Text

A GreenFaith Sanctuary

With a history of commitment to green practices, as in 2006 when Temple B’nai Abraham installed solar panels on the roof,  GreenFaith NJ’s Environmental Certification program offered a unique opportunity for the synagogue to further dedicate itself to environmental stewardship.TBA is certified as a GreenFaith Sanctuary.

Invisible Text

A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning


We are a congregation that is more than 165 years old that works together to define our own independent path. We strive daily to be faithful to the teachings of the Torah, dedicated to the acquisition of Jewish knowledge, and committed to the well-being of the Jewish people in America, Israel and around the world.

We would love to meet you.

Message from TBA President Julie A. Silbermann
Dear fellow Temple B’nai Abraham congregants,

I write to you as your newly elected president of the congregation. For those of you who know me, I am about to serve my second turn as president—having also served from 2013 to 2017. For those of you that I have yet to meet, I look forward to doing so via Zoom or, even better, soon in person. Read more>>

Mission Statement >  History >
Clergy>   Staff Directory>
 Julie A. Silbermann, TBA President>>
Temple Profile>


Dear TBA Family, 

We write with exciting news! The NJ COVID-19 protocol guidelines have just been revised, with a relaxation of many of the requirements. Our new protocols, developed in consultation with our TBA COVID-19 Taskforce, will begin this Friday, May 28. They include the following: 

·    No capacity limit on indoor services, programs, or meetings (subject to space availability) 

·    No capacity limit on outdoor services, programs, or meetings (subject to space availability) 

·    Vaccinated people DO NOT need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors 

·    Unvaccinated people DO need to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors 

·    No social distancing is necessary 

Proof of full vaccination (all necessary shots plus two weeks) will be needed to remove your mask at services, programs, or meetings. If you are not vaccinated, you are welcome to attend services, programs, or meetings—both indoor and outdoor—but will be required to wear a mask.  Singing for everyone is allowed. We will still have the sign-up genius form available online for services and programs, and will still be using the health screening form at the door.  

Please bring your proof of vaccination or show a photo of it on your phone to the security guard and/or usher when you attend services. 

To make attendance easier, we will keep a record of congregants who are vaccinated. If your vaccination card is on file, you will not need to show proof each time you attend services. If you prefer you may send a photo of your vaccination card to tbainfo@tbanj.org

We recognize that some congregants may not feel comfortable with these new relaxed guidelines. If you would like to wear a mask and/or social distance in the sanctuary or outdoors, we encourage you to do so.  Please be mindful of those who may also feel uncomfortable with shaking hands, hugging, or standing close together. We understand that these changes have occurred quickly and request that everyone respects each other’s comfort level with these new protocols. 

We look forward to seeing you at services, in person! 


Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg 

Julie A. Silbermann, President 

Sign up Genius links for Services in June 2021

SignUpGenius Links for Services

Links for the following dates:

Saturday, June 12 – Havdalah Service

Friday June 18

Saturday, June 19





For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.
Sacred place safe space

Weekly Services

live control logoLive streaming is available when Shabbat services are onsite.



Shabbat Services

Please bring your proof of vaccination or show a photo of it on your phone to the security guard and/or usher when you attend services.
To make attendance easier, we will keep a record of congregants who are vaccinated. If your vaccination card is on file, you will not need to show proof each time you attend services. If you prefer you may send a photo of your vaccination card to tbainfo@tbanj.org

Friday, June 18
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services. 
Siddur Hadash PDF  Sign up to attend Services in person also via Live Control or Facebook Live 
Outdoors on the patio weather permitting

Saturday, June 19
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services, via Live Control or Facebook Live
Siddur Hadash PDF Sign up to attend Services in person
Dylan Flitt, son of Felice & Jonathan Flitt, will become a Bar Mitzvah.

Sophie Bogdanoff, daughter of Jodi & Seth Bogdanoff, will become a Bat Mitzvah.




Siddur PDFS
-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF

Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash PDF
    –Shabbat Koraḥ Shaḥarit Bar Mitzvah of Corey Leavy PDF

Saturday afternoon Shabbat Mincha: Siddur Hadash PDF

-Minyan of Comfort Ma’ariv service PDF
Weekday Shacharit Siddur Sim Shalom PDF

WeekdaySiddur Hadash Maariv PDF

 Shacharit Festival siddur PDF



TBA Podcasts

Robert Atlas : Hidden Child Testimony Link>
Robert Atlas, father in law of teacher Emmy Atlas, took time to speak about his “Five First Names” and his experience as a Hidden Child in Poland during the Holocaust.

Women’s Interfaith Forum video link, January 20, 2021>logo4WITH PODCAST 5compressed

Rabbi Vaisberg Sermon, January 15, 2021
After the violent mob at the Capitol: Let the light of freedom shine brightly

Link to all Hebrew Line by Line classes

June Events sponsored by the Social Action Committee
Community Resources



Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

  Job-Seekers Workshops

Thursday, June 24, 10:00 to 11:30 AM.
In this interactive, online Job Seekers Workshop, we will prepare you to be the best interviewer you can be. Be ready to ask about interviewing topics that are important to you.
GUEST SPEAKER: Adriel Lubarsky, Founder and CEO of Riveter Helping members perform better in job interviews

-Career Counseling Workshops
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR JOB DUE TO COVID-19? Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest Can Help!
The COVID-19 health pandemic has affected the employment of MILLIONS of Americans. If you’re one of them, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest is here to give you the tools, training, and support you need to be successful in your job search. For more information about how JVS of MetroWest can help YOU, contact Meryl Kanner at 862-704-2233, or mkanner@jvsnj.org

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest of New Jersey > Resources

Passport to Israel Grant
All Jewish high school students (grade 8 – gap year) who reside in the Greater MetroWest community are eligible to receive a grant from Federation for travel to Israel on an educational peer group trip. Qualified programs include those organized by a synagogue, school, youth group, or organization for a minimum of 10 days. Many programs qualify. Guidelines apply. Additional need-based funding may be available. Information on Jewish travel is available here or contact Justine Reuben at jreuben@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3054.

Keeping the Stories Alive and Other Assistance
Federation’s Holocaust Council provides assistance to survivors in times of need, including help obtaining the vaccine. We are also eager to connect with survivors – and 2nd and 3rd generation survivors – to help keep their stories alive through educational programs. With their permission, please provide the contact information of survivors and their families to Jamie Carus at jcarus@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3067.

Free Dental Assistance for Survivors
Federation is excited to share news about a new pro-bono dental program for Holocaust survivors established in partnership with the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Click here to read about how the need for affordable dental care for Holocaust survivors was prioritized and is now being met through this amazing program. For more information, contact the Rutgers Dental program navigator at (973) 972-5304.


2021 Scholarships & One Happy Camper Grants Now Available!
1- Apply now for a $1,000 One Happy Camper incentive grant! Click here!
2- Rocker Family Scholarships can help make camp affordable! 
Click here for details and to apply.
Contact us for free summer consultations! Click here to request a free consultation and receive a free Family Fun Kit ($50 value) of camp-inspired games and accessories. Questions, call 973.929.2972.


Jewish Family Services – https://www.jfsmetrowest.org/


Jewish Job Network (JJN)
In an effort to assist individuals who are in need of job search support during this economic downturn, the Livingston and West Orange communities have revived the Jewish Job Network (JJN). JJN is an informal volunteer organization serving the Jewish community in our local area.  http://jewishjobnetwork.com.

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others (JACS) is the first and foremost mutual support network for Jewish individuals and their families that are affected by drug addiction and alcoholism.www.addictioncenter.com


Hebrew Free Loan of NJ http://hebrewfreeloanofnj.org/


NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub website   https://covid19.nj.gov/
Department of Health | Communicable Disease Service | COVID-19 (nj.gov)

Pin It on Pinterest