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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

Our Clergy

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg leads B’nai Abraham’s dynamic clergy team, which also includes Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz and Cantor Jessica Epstein. Each brings invaluable contributions to the bima and to our congregational family.

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Rosh Hodesh Adar with Rabbi Dantowitz

The evening was spent baking Hamantaschen, the iconic Purim holiday pastry and celebrating and learning about strong Jewish women. Rabbi Dantowitz led the baking and the learning. Everyone brought their rolling pin! 

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Happy Birthday , Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday—what better way to celebrate than to read! Dr. Seuss  (Theodor Seuss Geisel ) would  have been 116 this year. The Early School students of Temple B’nai Abraham celebrated his birthday and legacy by reading Dr Seuss’s well-known book  Cat in the Hat , originally published in 1957. With the book as a backdrop,  the students created their own version of the Cat in the Hat’s  distinctive “headgear.” 

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Hanukkah Celebrations Around the World Explored at the JLP

After reinforcing the celebration of Hanukkah in the United States, students of the Jewish Learning Program of Temple B’nai Abraham explored how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world. Working in teams, this Project Based Lesson explored the culture, ritual, foods, geography and populations of countries from Afghanistan to Colombia to Morocco to Yemen.

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TTO Toy Drive 2019

Shown delivering the toys to Saint  Barnabas Medical Center are left to right TTO members  Jessica Hirschmann, TTO advisor Arleen Lichtenstein, Alexa Prague, Nicole Izversky, Gabriella Izversky, Ryan Laken and  Ethan Kroll.

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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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Becoming B'nai Mitzvah

B’nai Abraham nurtures knowledgeable young Jewish adults who will become active members of the community, with a love of Judaism that will guide them throughout their lives. (photo courtesy Ken Alswang Photography)

 

 

 

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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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Our Makerspace Room

A makerspace is not solely a engineering, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces.The TBA makerspace utilizes Jewish concepts, technology, and hands-on materials for Project-Based Learning for all ages.

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A welcoming community of Jewish life, worship and learning

Important Message

To the Temple B’nai Abraham community,

We write today with important information regarding COVID-19 and our evolving response to this communal challenge and public health pandemic.

We are living in a time of anxiety, fear, and many unknowns. At times like this, we are most in need of community support, and we are doing all we can to keep community functions running for as long as we can safely do so, while doing what we can to keep everyone healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. Read more >>

 

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.

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Weekly Services

Kabbalat Shabbat: Siddur Hadash PDF
Shabbat Shaharit: Siddur Hadash PDF
Havdalah PDF Minyan of Comfort Ma’ariv service PDF

Join us for Services on Facebook Live on the TBA Facebook page
Friday, April 3
5:45 PM Tot Shabbat on FACEBOOK LIVE (TBA Facebook page)
6:30 PM Erev Shabbat Services on FACEBOOK LIVE.
Please note for those seeking to say kaddish, a virtual minyan counts when one cannot be present.

Saturday, April 4
9:00 AM 
Parashat Hashavua: Tzav Join Zoom Meeting 
10:00 AM
 Shabbat Services on FACEBOOK LIVE
8:00 PM Havdallah Service via FACEBOOK LIVE Zoom Tutorials

Important COVID-19 Information Update

The Jewish Learning Program is closed and learning will be conducted online via Zoom. More information will follow from Melissa Weiner.

The Early School is closed. Debbie Aronson Ziering will communicate with parents.

The temple office and building are closed.

We will review each week and update you regularly. Please know that we are not making these decisions lightly and that we need to be proactive to keep our temple community and the greater community as safe and healthy as possible.

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

A Message From Our Clergy
Rabbi Vaisberg, March 17

Upcoming Events

Making Toffee-Covered Matzah with Morah Arleen 
A sweet treat for your Seder table

ZOOM We will be using Zoom for our classes, meetings and programs in the upcoming weeks. We suggest you consider downloading Zoom onto your devices. -For your mobile devices, go to the APP store| -For your computer, go to https://zoom.us/download and download the software Please refer to this  Zoom Instruction PDF or ZOOM Video Tutorials
Classes via Zoom (please go to the meeting/class web page for details)


-Every Saturday, before services, 9:00 AM Parashat HaShavua: >Zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/477488323

-Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 PMMindfulness Zoom Session with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein > Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/858086274

-Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 PM, Panim2Panim(Face to Face) Teen Talk Zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/829791120
-Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 PM, TBA Book Group, New American Haggadah Zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/861847028
-Wednesday, April 1, 8:30 PM, Abraham U College Hour for students in programs of higher education. Conversation, learning, laughter and support with Rabbi Vaisberg > Zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/368631733

-Friday, April 3, 1:00-2:00 PM, Open Zoom Room with Cantor Epstein >Zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/5556374423

 

 

    Special Streaming of
    I Shall Not be Silent!

    Until Sunday, April 5th at midnight EST,
    visit https://vimeo.com/78217773 
    to stream I Shall Not Be Silent, for free.

    Rabbi Prinz escaped Nazi Germany in 1937 and became a civil rights activist in America, where he spoke at the March on Washington in 1963 just before Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaiming “America must not become a nation of onlookers. America must not remain silent!”  Producers R Squared Productions and distributor Menemsha Films are making the film available as a beacon of hope during the COVID-19 crisis. See the film in tandem with the depiction of Rabbi Prinz as a character in HBO’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. 

    Community Resources (watch for updates)

    Jewish Family Services – Counseling AvailableThese are stressful times!  Jewish Family Service clinicians will be offering free, evening support via Zoom or conference call. Each night Monday through Thursday, a JFS therapist will facilitate the meeting from 9:00 – 10:00 PM. The meetings are open to the entire community, to discuss fears, coping mechanisms, and in general to provide support during this challenging time:

    • Zoom link Meeting ID: 779 863 336.
    • Not using Zoom?  Join over the phone: 929-436-2866.  Meeting ID: 779 863 336.
    • If you would like to speak with a JFS clinician, please call 973-777-7638.


    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
    Hebrew Free Loan of NJ http://hebrewfreeloanofnj.org/
    CDC: COVID-19 Information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Livingston Community Blood & Platelet Drives  Livingston Community Center, lower level, 204 Hillside Ave, Livingston
    Friday, April 3, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM & Tuesday, April 7, 12:00 noon -6:00 PM. Appointments are required, email rwjuhdonorclub.org or call 732.235.8100.

    streamspot_owler_20190423_192319_originalPlease note: During the temple’s closure, services will be available via Facebook Live!  Live streaming will be available when onsite services resume.

    CLOSINGS:

    The Temple & schools are closed. The JLP is conducting remote learning. Check back for updates! Stay safe and well!

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