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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

March Mitzvah of the Month

For the March Mitzvah of the Month, the Social Action Committee asked TBA congregant families to contribute a pan of meatless baked ziti to ease the food insecurity faced by our Essex County neighbors. 

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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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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.

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

Sign up Genius links for Services on April 16 & April 17

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.

-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF

Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash PDF
   –Shabbat Tazria-M’tzora: Bat Mitzvah of Hayden Berger PDF
   -Shabbat Tazria M’tzora: Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Lipton PDF

Saturday afternoon Shabbat Mincha: Siddur Hadash PDF
    -Shabbat Tazria-M’tzora Mincha: Bar Mitzvah of Dean Post 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, April 16
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat service. Sign up to attend Services in person

Saturday, April 17
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua:
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services, via Live Control or Facebook Live
Sign up to attend Services in person
Hayden Berger, daughter of Deborah & Scott Berger, will become a Bat Mitzvah.
Samuel Lipton, son of Randi & Len Lipton, will become a Bar Mitzvah.
5:00 PM Mincha Service via Live Control
Dean Post, son of Debbie & David Post, will become a Bar Mitzvah
8:30 PM Havdalah service, Facebook live




Upcoming Events

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    Click on image for April Upcoming Events

    Broadway Sings 4-18-21

    Broadway Sings Party, April 18, 7:00 PM

    Community Resources

    Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS)

      Job-Seekers Workshops

    Thursday, April 15, 2021, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
    This Workshop will focus on Narrating your story, writing strong accomplishment statement and conveying short-term and contract roles. Free and open to the community.
    GUEST SPEAKER: Sharon Altman, Talent Acquisition – Recruiter – Resume Coach, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) Register required  to attend

    -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

    CommUNITY Mitzvah Month
    March 15 – April 16
    On the one-year anniversary of the COVID pandemic, we want to recognize the incredible impact members of our community have had in caring for those in need. And since we are still unable to come together for a single community-wide day of service, we’re offering a month’s worth of mostly virtual volunteer opportunities! There are 16 ways in which everyone can make a difference in the lives of others! Most of the service projects can be completed at home. The handful of in-person programs are not open for registration yet as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. If you’re interested in any of these programs we’ll keep you updated on registration information and safety protocols as they unfold. Register here or email questions to mitzvah@jfedgmw.org or call (973) 929-2963.

    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.

    Israel Independence Day is April 15.
    Federation is planning three community-wide events for Yom Ha’atzmaut. Please consider including these in your synagogue’s event plans. They include: a family drive-thru scavenger hunt across the Greater MetroWest community including a kit of Israeli activities and goodies for each family (Sun., April 11, 10am-3pm); a virtual storytelling and musical celebration for all ages (Weds, April 14, 7:30pm); and a virtual “Meet the Israelis” dialogue for teens (Thurs., April 18, 11am-12:30pm). Stay tuned for details or contact Amit Stern, Federation’s Senior Community Shaliach at astern@jfedgmw.org.

    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.


    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 – https://www.jfsmetrowest.org/


    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 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/
    Department of Health | Communicable Disease Service | COVID-19 (nj.gov)

    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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