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.
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.
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
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
-Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 PM, Mindfulness 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
-Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 PM, TBA Book Group, New American Haggadah > Zoom link
-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
-Friday, April 3, 1:00-2:00 PM, Open Zoom Room with Cantor Epstein >Zoom link
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 Available: These 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.
Please note: During the temple’s closure, services will be available via Facebook Live! Live streaming will be available when onsite services resume.