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>>
For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.
Live streaming is available when Shabbat services are onsite.
To Attend Services in Person
Everyone 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination or show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. All will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test must be shown to the security guard and/or usher when you arrive. If you prefer, you may send a photo of your vaccination card in advance to email@example.com. 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.
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.
Saturday, September 18
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services, Bnei Mitzvah of Korey Ellenbogen and Spencer Ellenbogen, sons of Donna & Mark Ellenbogen, via Live Control or Facebook Live
Siddur Hadash PDF Shabbat Ha’azinu PDF
-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF
Service Siddurs PDFs
-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF
-Holiday: Shacharit Festival siddur PDF
-Holiday: High Holy Days Machzor PDF
-Holiday: Erev Simchat Torah PDF
-Holiday: Simchat Torah Reading PDF
To the Temple B’nai Abraham community,
The High Holy Days will soon be here. Though we will not have the usual observance we’ve been praying for all year nevertheless, we will observe these Days of Awe according to Temple B’nai Abraham’s sacred traditions as meaningfully and as safely as we can. Each of us will have the opportunity to reset and begin 5782 in a spiritually uplifting manner.
To do so, please read each of the following points carefully:
- Tickets and streaming links will be sent to members in good standing only
- As of today, we are proceeding with:
- Regular services in the Ross Sanctuary
- Family and tot services outside under a tent in the Lower Circle
- Teen programming outdoors, weather permitting
- Regular services streamed (with a slight delay) to a tent on the patio in the Denburg Garden
- Streaming all services (regular and family) with online instructions on how to access to follow
- If you plan to attend any Rosh Hashanah services in person, you must complete an RSVP form with the COVID waiver and proof of vaccination record. A negative PCR test within 72 hours is also acceptable. No RSVP is necessary for accessing the streams at home.
- Seating in our limited outdoor spaces will be first come, first served.
- To enter the Temple building, for everyone 12 and up, proof of vaccination or negative PCR results from within 72 hours is required. Children under 12 are welcome without testing.
- To expedite your entry, please send in your vaccination record and waiver as soon as possible. Otherwise, we expect there will be a delay entering the Temple.
- Everyone inside and under both tents will be required to social distance and wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
- TBA’s safety policies are made under the counsel of our member medical professionals and public health officials. These protocols are subject to change.
- For handicapped parking, reservations are required. Please email the office
- Print copies of our High Holy Day Machzor are again available for borrowing. Please contact the office.
Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that we can all remain healthy while enjoying an uplifting High Holy Day season together. Whether online or in person, we look forward to joining together as one Temple family.
David Z. Vaisberg, Senior Rabbi
Julie A. Silbermann, President
HIGH HOLY DAY GRANT
Temple B’nai Abraham is grateful to be a recipient of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s COVID-19 emergency response grant to help alleviate additional costs associated with safely providing services this High Holy Days. These funds are made possible by generous donors to the UJA Annual Campaign and signifies Federation’s commitment to the vibrancy of synagogues.
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.
Link to all Hebrew Line by Line classes
Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.