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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

April Mitzvah of the Month

Fulfilling the Social Action Committee’s April Mitzvah of the Month, Produce for Productivity, Temple B’nai Abraham’s congregants donated over 400 bags of vegetables and fruit—bagged potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, and oranges—to be delivered to food insecure residents of Essex County by Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Social Action Committee co-chairs Janet Penn and Ruth Ross estimated that, with an average of four pounds of produce in each bag, the total collected was around 1600 pounds; in fact, a 15-pound bag of potatoes was the largest donation made!

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A Purim Carnival Pivot

Since a Purim carnival could not be inside this year at Temple B’nai Abraham, the synagogue hosted a Purim “Car”nival in the temple parking lot.  Families dressed up their cars and themselves in costumes in celebration of this festive holiday, which highlights the courage and unity of the Jewish people.  The celebration was a pivot from the usual holiday festivities of carnival games, bouncy houses, groggers (noisemakers), and food, but it still maintained the fun atmosphere with Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, Cantor Jessica F. Epstein, Rabbinical Assistant Max Edwards, and Director of Jewish Learning Melissa Weiner leading the revelers in a short Megillah reading where participants honked against Haman, sang Purim songs, and enjoyed hamantaschen and Purim packages in their own vehicles.  

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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 Rabbinical Assistant Max Edwards. Each brings invaluable contributions to the bima and to our congregational family.










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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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JLP Virtually the Best!

Busy day in the JLP-staying dry and getting ready for our next big holiday!










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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.

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>>

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 Julie A. Silbermann, TBA President>>
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Reopening Plan Update

Dear TBA friends,

It is with excitement and joy that we write to you about our newest COVID-19 policy updates, allowing us to physically return to the Temple life we’ve missed to a higher degree. Please note that these policy changes are approved by our Reopening Taskforce and in full compliance with the CDC and other COVID-19 protocols, and they are always subject to change.

Beginning May 19, 2021 (when Governor Murphy’s current round of directives go into effect),

  • For indoor services (evenings and mornings),
  • Sanctuary capacity will increase to 250 people.
  • Masks continue to be required for everyone in the sanctuary.
  • Singing is permitted with appropriate social distancing.
  • Entrance to the sanctuary requires either proof of full vaccination or a negative test result from a PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of services.
  • Proof of vaccination or testing will be required at the door. 
  • For B’nai Mitzvah services, each B’nai Mitzvah family is now permitted 100 people. 50 additional congregant slots are open at each B’nai Mitzvah service.For outdoor services (evenings only),
  • With proof of vaccination, no mask is required.
  • Proof of vaccination will have to be shown twice: once at the entrance to the building, once to the usher.
  • Vaccination records and negative tests are not required to attend outdoor services.
  • Masks are required by anyone not vaccinated.
  • For all services,
  • Sign-up protocols for indoor and outdoor services remain as they were, with online sign-up and COVID-19 questionnaires and walk-ins welcome.
  • If you are vaccinated, please either carry your vaccination card with you or keep a picture available on your phone.
  • For outdoor events and programs,
  • Regular catering according to pre-COVID-19 temple guidelines is permitted, with the following additional guidelines:
  • Appropriate PPE is required for all catering staff.
  • Masks are required for all when not eating.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Specific guidelines are available upon request from Gail Milchman, Executive Director.

For the summer of 2021,

  • The Early School camp will be open for full days.

Beginning in the fall of 2021,

  • The JLP will be open for in-person learning, with hybrid learning available.
  • The Early School will be open for full days.

Additional outdoor and all indoor program information will follow, pending Governor Murphy’s directives after May 19, 2021. 

High Holiday information will be forthcoming as well. 

Thank you for being in sacred partnership with us as we continue to move forward.


Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Julie A. Silbermann, President
Gail Milchman, Executive Director

Sign up Genius links for Services on May 7 & May 8

SignUpGenius Links for Services

Friday, May 7: Sign up to attend services in person 

Saturday, May 8: Sign up to attend services in person




For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.
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Weekly Services

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

-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF

Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash PDF
– Shabbat Behar-Behukotai B’not Mitzvah of Marley Holland and Sadie Zwerman PDF

Saturday afternoon Shabbat Mincha: Siddur Hadash PDF
  – Shabbat Behar-Behukotai Minha Bat Mitzvah of Addison Lebersfeld PDF

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

WeekdaySiddur Hadash Maariv PDF

 Shacharit Festival siddur PDF

Shabbat Services

Join Rabbi Vaisberg, Cantor Epstein and Max  Edwards, Rabbinical Assistant for Shabbat Services on Facebook Live on the TBA Facebook page

Friday, May 7
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services: Teacher Appreciation Shabbat, via Live Control or Facebook LiveSign up to attend Services in person

Saturday, May 8
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua: Behar-Bechukotai
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services, via Live Control or Facebook LiveSign up to attend Services in person
Marley Holland, daughter of Jennifer & Seth Holland, will become a Bat Mitzvah.
Sadie Zwerman, daughter of Amy Rothenberg & Evan Zwerman, will become a Bat Mitzvah.
5:00 PM Mincha Service, via Live Control
Addison Lebersfeld, daughter of Illana & Jason Lebersfeld, will become a Bat Mitzvah.
8:45 PM Havdalah via Facebook Live




Livlive control logoe streaming is available when Shabbat services are onsite.

May Events sponsored by the Social Action Committee


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Community Resources



Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

  Job-Seekers Workshops

Ace Your Next Interview  In this Zoom workshop, Jean will discuss interview challenges, how to prepare, two key skills: MAP and ZAP, strategies for handling tough questions, and the role of body language. Interactive and fun, register to make sure you have the best interviewing skills that will help you land your next job. If you’re looking for an interactive skill-building opportunity, role up your sleeves–this Workshop is for YOU!
Thursday, May 13, 10:00 AM. Guest speaker: Jean Baur, Career Coach &  Author. This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration required. For more information, please contact Meryl Kanner at  862-704-2233.
-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

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 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 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.


NCJW —Contagious Conspiracies: When Disinformation Spreads Hate, Anti-Semitism and White Supremacy. 
Thursday, May 13, 1:00 PM, via Zoom
Conspiracy theories and the human tendency to believe whatever satisfies our preconceptions is not new. But today’s disinformation is being spread at an unprecedented scale — encouraged by politicians, accelerated by social media, and weaponized in a way never seen before in American history.  The attack on the U.S. Capitol made clear the dangerous link between these lies and violence. Join us as we discuss the threat of this new “infodemic” — from QAnon to the Jewish space laser – why people believe conspiracy theories, and what we can do now to flatten the curve of hate.  Featuring our distinguished speakers: Scott Richman, Anti-Defamation League Director for the NY/NJ Region  Joseph Uscinski, University of Miami Professor and author of American Conspiracy Theories


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 –


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.

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


Hebrew Free Loan of NJ


NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub website
Department of Health | Communicable Disease Service | COVID-19 (

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

Temple B’nai Abraham, Socially Distant…Spiritually Close! Stay safe & well!

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