TBA Status Update
from Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg & Jeffrey A. Klein, Esq., TBA President
We’re writing to you in our eleventh week of being outside our beloved synagogue, isolated at home, with our social and spiritual needs met online in an inadequate and yet so very necessary manner. We’re writing as we yearn to return to our sacred home and community, as we watch the world begin to open back up with trepidation and hope.
At TBA these past few months, we’ve been innovating with our online offerings for adults and children by clergy, staff, and lay people. We’ve expanded our efforts in the world of social media to better connect with each of you online. We’re in the midst of our second congregation-wide calling campaign to better connect with everyone. We’re offering online programming and support in the Early School and we’ve created a dynamic and robust online education experience in the JLP. Read more>>
For pastoral emergencies please call 973-348-5211. For other communications, the staff can be reached by email.
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.
-Friday evening: Kabbalat Shabbat, Siddur Hadash PDF
-Saturday morning: Shabbat Shaharit, Siddur Hadash PDF
-Evening: Havdalah PDF
Join us for Services on Facebook Live on the TBA Facebook page
Friday, June 5
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, June 6
9:00 AM Parashat Hashavua: Naso via Zoom
10:00 AM Shabbat Services on Facebook Live
5:00 PM Mincha Service. Lucas Panitch, son of Amy & Michael Panitch. will become a Bar Mitzvah.
9:15 PM Havdallah Service via Facebook Live Zoom Tutorials
TBA Response to Minneapolis and the national situation
Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed… You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:16-18)
“Daily we should take account and ask: What have I done today to alleviate the anguish, to mitigate the evil, to prevent humiliation? Let there be a grain of prophet in every man!” (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race,” 14 January 1963)
This past weekend, just as we re-experienced the revelation of Torah into our midst— the revelation of our sacred teaching that instills in us that we were once slaves in Egypt, that we were subjugated and rejected and put through agony at the hands of those with hate in their hearts, so too did we re-experience the revelation that our American brethren continue to be subjugated, rejected, attacked, and killed. Not for their character, but for the color of their skin. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. How much longer can we stand by while African-Americans live in fear for their lives? When will we Americans say and truly realize, in our hearts, that the blight of racism is a plague upon our entire society? When will we finally enact the legislative, educational, and systemic changes necessary to raise all people up to the level of dignity and safety to which every human being is entitled? Read the full message>>
TBA offers a wide array of classes, meetings, and programs via Zoom.
Click here for the Zoom schedule and links. (password protected )
If you cannot join the Zoom meeting, please feel free to go onto Facebook Live on the
Temple B’nai Abraham Facebook page.
Jewish Family Services – JFS is offering support groups. To view the support groups for the month of June, please go to https://www.jfsmetrowest.org/jfs-programs-june-2020/. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will email you the Zoom link and password. For information, please go to https://www.jfsmetrowest.org
Kosher Summer Food Program for Families – survey
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest of New Jersey is very excited to share that through a collaborative effort with Teach NJ, Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and the Greater MetroWest day schools, Kosher meals will be provided to our Greater MetroWest community through the Federal Summer Foods Service Program – free of charge with no income eligibility for all children ages 1-18. Survey>>
Wonderful offerings from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality
-Jewish mediation, free sessions: Weekdays from 12:30-1:00 pm
-Jewish yoga: Mondays (11:00-11:45 am) and Thursdays (4:00-4:45 pm)
Hebrew Free Loan of NJ http://hebrewfreeloanofnj.org/
NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub website https://covid19.nj.gov/
- Live Updates -https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html#live-updates
Please note: During the temple’s closure, services will be available via Facebook Live! Live streaming will be available when onsite services resume.