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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

August Mitzvah of the Month

Temple Beth Abraham members donated 2,800 disposable diapers, 730 baby wipes, 30 tubes of diaper cream, and 10 bottles of baby shampoo and body wash during their August Mitzvah of the Month, Diapers & Such. The collection was sponsored by the Temple B’nai Abraham’s Social Action Committee, the TBA Early School and its Jewish Learning Program.

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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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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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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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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.


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>>

Reopening Plan Update>>

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

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.



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 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.

Friday, September 17
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services. 
Siddur Hadash PDF  also via Live Control or Facebook Live 
Outdoors on the patio weather permitting

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

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

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.

L’shana Tova,

David Z. Vaisberg, Senior Rabbi

Julie A. Silbermann, President

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJHIGH 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.

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


Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

  Job-Seekers Workshops

JVS Linked in
-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.


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

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