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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

Mitzvah Day 2021

Mitzvah Day 2021 was a great success. Members came out to donate goods and participate in activities to benefit others.

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TBA mission: The Music and People of Poland and Prague

June 26 to July 6, 2022, will be a mission of music and healing, featuring concerts, scholarship connections with local communities, unforgettable touring and stays at deluxe hotels. Join Cantor Epstein to discover the inspiring people, hidden history and musical heritage of Poland and Prague.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
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Confirmation 2021

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

 

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The Ross Sanctuary

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 PROTOCOL UPDATE

The following was emailed to congregants on Jan. 5:

Given the rapid and alarming rise of the Omicron variant of COVID, given that medical experts are advising us that infection rates will be high over the weeks ahead, and per the counsel of the Temple B’nai Abraham COVID Taskforce, we are instituting the following protocols, effective immediately. We will reassess these protocols in the next couple of weeks.

  • To attend Shabbat services in person:
  • COVID vaccinations are required for all who are eligible (ages 5 and up). If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact our Executive Director, Mara Suskauer
  • Full adult vaccination means two initial shots and a booster.
  • Everyone must wear an N95, KN95, or Kf94 mask. No cloth masks will be permitted.
  • Social distancing will be observed.
  • If you haven’t sent in your vaccination record, please do so. Send it to tbainfo@tbanj.org.
  • Waivers must be filled out for entry as well. If you have already filled one out, you are all set.
  • Early School:
  • Early School will remain open. 
  • If you are an early school parent, you will receive more information from Debbie Aronson Ziering.
  • JLP:
  • JLP will be remote for the next few weeks. We will be reassessing for the week of January 24.
  • We are doing this to help public schools remain open and not contribute to spreading the virus among students and teachers.
  • B’nai Mitzvah:
  • B’nai Mitzvah tutoring will be entirely remote, with the exception of B’nai Mitzvah rehearsals. Please be in touch with clergy for rehearsal information.
  • B’nai Mitzvah families should be in touch with clergy for specific details.
  • B’nai Mitzvah services will proceed as planned with the above-mentioned protocols observed.
  • B’nai Mitzvah photography may still take place and should be coordinated through Marcia Swaybill.
  • Lifecycle events with TBA clergy:
  • Funerals, Britei Milah, baby namings, and weddings may take place in person as long as appropriate protocols are followed.
  • Shiva services will be held remotely.
  • All other programs, classes, and meetings
  • Will be held virtually over the next few weeks.

These protocols are in place to protect our vulnerable and limit Omicron transmission during this high-infection period as much as possible. As Jews, we are obliged to do all that we can to preserve life and care for everyone in our community.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We are continually evaluating the situation, and we will share updates as available.

L’shalom,

David Z. Vaisberg, Senior Rabbi
Mara B. Suskauer, Executive Director
Julie A. Silbermann, President

Welcome

Welcome Message from TBA President Julie A. Silbermann

Dear Temple B’nai Abraham Family,

Although it has been a tumultuous year and a half for all of us, we are settling into what can only be described as our new stable ground. We have welcomed 25 new member families to Temple B’nai Abraham. Our schools are busy and active and I am happy to report that
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Reopening Plan Update>>

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Mission Statement >  History >
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 Julie A. Silbermann, TBA President>>
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For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.

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Weekly Services

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Live streaming is available
when Shabbat services are onsite.

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Friday, Jan. 14
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services  – Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Owens, Senior Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Metuchen, NJ, will speak on the importance of good relationships between affinity groups, including ethnic, religious, and racial.
Attend Services in person or via Live Control or Facebook Live ; see information below. 
Siddur Hadash PDF 

Saturday, Jan. 15
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services in person or via Live Control or Facebook Live
Siddur Hadash    Bat mitzvah of Molly Smolyanskiy

To Attend Services in Person 

  • COVID vaccinations are required for all who are eligible (ages 5 and up). If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact our Executive Director, Mara Suskauer
  • Full adult vaccination means two initial shots and a booster.
  • Everyone must wear an N95, KN95, or Kf94 mask. No cloth masks will be permitted.
  • Social distancing will be observed.
  • If you haven’t sent in your vaccination record, please do so. Send it to tbainfo@tbanj.org.

Everyone 5 years and older must show proof of vaccination, or show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid test taken within 48 hours. All will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test must be shown to the security guard when you arrive. If your vaccination card is on file, you will not need to show proof each time you attend services.

In addition, this form must be filled out and may be done so online. If you are unable to complete it online, please arrive early to fill it out in person.

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

Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash 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

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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

Community Resources

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Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

  Job-Seekers Workshops

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-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.

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

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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.
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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

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