January 20, 2021 •
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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

2020 Christmas Bags of Cheer

The Social Action Committee sponsored a collection of “Christmas Bags of Cheer”. Congregants decorated brown bags with special holiday messages and decorations, and filled them with much needed new socks, as well as a packet of hot chocolate, a candy cane, prepackaged, snack-size cookies and a piece of fruit.  Over 250 bags were received and donated to Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN), who distributed the bags to St. Ann’s, St. Michael’s and St. John’s Churches in Newark.  Pictured are: Janet Penn, Co-Chair TBA SAC, Ruth Ross, Co-Chair, SAC, Terri Friedman, Project Coordinator, Lisa Reisboard, Project Coordinator, Nick Santinelli, Drive/Volunteer Extraordinaire LNHN.

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The Quest for the Lost Flame

On Sunday December 13, Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston,  presented a special Hanukkah event… a Virtual Hanukkah Escape room, via Zoom, open to all temple members. “The Quest for the Lost Flame” is a Hanukkah-themed team challenge that is designed to be great fun for all. Teams faced several challenges and puzzles to unlock different rooms to find the lost flame.

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Annual Turkey and All the Fixings Collection

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg and Social Action Committee Co-chair Ruth Ross with Pastor Floyd Gaskins and his wife, Dawn Gaskins, of Grace Temple Baptist Church, Newark, who were picking up donated turkeys and trimmings for the members of their church community
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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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JLP Meet and Greet

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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.

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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

Saturday afternoon Shabbat Mincha: Siddur Hadash PDF

-Minyan of Comfort Ma’ariv service PDF

Weekday Shacharit Siddur Sim Shalom 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, January 22
5:30 PM Drip Drop Tu B’Shevat Shabbat via Zoom To participate in this interactive program please RSVP no later than January 18.
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services via Live Control or Facebook Live
FOLK SHABBAT: SONGS OF ENDURANCE AND RESILIENCE with Cantor Epstein and guitarist/musician Bob Mellman.Our folk service will again feature traditional prayers and melodies interspersed with music by American singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Lisa Gutkin of the Klezmatics, the late John Prine, The Carter Family, Steven Foster and more. Our worship will be enhanced by these traditional and new folk songs that will inspire us during these challenging times.

Saturday, January 23
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua: Bo via Zoom
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services via Facebook Live
Henry Perline, son of Lisa & Matt Perline, will become a Bar Mitzvah
Jacob Perline, son of Lisa & Matt Perline, will become a Bar Mitzvah
6:00 PM Havdalah Service via Facebook Live

Upcoming Events

Temple B’nai Abraham is grateful to be a recipient of a COVID Safety grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). 2020 has been the year of the pandemic­—the most serious and urgent public health crisis in generations. To help keep the people in our community safe, HFNJ has worked to enable our community non-profits and institutions to understand this new landscape and has funded work to meet this new reality. TBA appreciates HFNJ’s support during these challenging times.
Community Resources

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 
Understanding the Black Experience in Today’s America 

Sunday, January 17 , 6-7:15 PM
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite you to engage in a virtual conversation with five African American community leaders as they candidly discuss the experience of being Black in America. PLUS: Senator Cory Booker will address Dr. King’s legacy and his personal hopes for advancing racial justice and equality in the new administration.Distinguished panelists include:

  • Marie Battist-Rock, teacher at Livingston High School
  • Linda Harrison, CEO and director of the Newark Museum
  • Laura Hertzog, general counsel of Noodle
  • Shavar Jeffries, partner at Lowenstein Sandler
  • Wayne Winborne, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark

Moderated by Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple B’nai Abraham.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints
Tuesday, January 19, 7-8 p.m.
Marlene Yahalom, PhD, of American Society for Yad Vashem will present a virtual exhibit including images of original maps, drawings, photographs of the planning stages of Auschwitz, and the original architectural blueprints of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Register here.

FedFlix: Fauda, Thursday, February 4, 7:30 PM
Join leading senior defense correspondent for Israel Channel 13, Alon Ben-David, in a behind the scenes conversation with Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, masterminds of the Netflix hit series, Fauda. You will get a first-hand look into the realities of life near Gaza from our partners in Kibbutz Erez. Note: a minimum gift of $180 is requested. Register here.

Women of Wisdom Education Series
January 28, February 22, March 24, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Join discussions on some of the most pressing and challenging issues of our time: 1) An Evening to Exhale: Coping and Managing Stress in Uncertain Times, 2) Anti-Semitism: Reality, Reaction and Response, and 3) An Open Discussion About Women’s Health at Every Stage. Note: a minimum gift of $54 is requested. Register here.


Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

Job-Seekers Workshops
Leveraging your Personal Brand: Three-fourths of those in the midst of a career transition don’t provide clarity about the value they offer an employer. The result is often leaving potential earnings on the table and/or a poor job fit. Your Personal Brand is a critical career asset–but it isn’t about marketing spin, taglines, or increasing your likes on social media platforms. It’s about clarifying and amplifying your unique talents and the value you bring to the marketplace. Plus, it can and does have an impact on personal fulfillment, job satisfaction, and earning potential. Guest speaker : Cindy Key Thursday, January 21, 10:00 AM. This program is free and open to the public. Register: Job-Seekers Workshop: Leveraging Your Personal Brand – Jewish Vocational Services (jvsnj.org)

-Career Counseling Workshops


Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest of New Jersey > Resources


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

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/
General FAQs-https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/general-public

  • Live Updates -https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html#live-updates


Elisa Udaskin

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

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