What is it that we’re looking for at Temple Ner Shalom? Is it making a Jewish Connection? Belonging to groups whether it be the Book Club, playing Mah Jong, Social Action, Rosh Chodesh gathering? Do we belong because we enjoy listening to the Rabbi? Is it because we want our children to go to Hebrew School and meet other like children. Is it the place where we celebrate a Bris, a baby naming, a B’Nai Mitzvah, or to mourn a lost loved one? Do we go because we have a connection and feel it is our second home?
I say yes to it all. Sometimes I go just to be in this comfortable space that has been all of the above to my family. I and others have enjoyed and have taken away all TNS has to offer. It is my home away from home.
This past Shabbat as Rabbi Hyman led our children’s service, that was well attended, I felt such pride. Watching old and new families find their joy and spirit on Shabbat. Again I say "What a place" It fills the needs on so many different levels. Will it be ever be a giant congregation, probably not. What TNS offers is another family that is always there for each other. If you go to services or drop off a child at Religious School you see and feel a familiarity amongst its members. Children running to each other as their friendships have solidified. More mature members (not older) always knowing what is going on in each other's lives because we share our experiences.
In conclusion, I say “What a wonderful place I call my home away from home Temple Ner Shalom”.
I want to share all the exciting changes and updates that are occurring at Temple Ner Shalom. Our new and improved library is ready for any congregant to check out books. Initially, the library was started by the late Doris Bolef. One of our newest members, Drew Koven, has organized and is currently collecting old and new editions of Yiddish, Hebrew, English books related to Jewish ideology. Updated furniture has been added making our library very inviting. Jody Nusbaum will put fresh labels on the shelving. If anyone wishes to donate their Jewish books please contact me and I will put you in touch with Drew.
Our Book Club meets once a month and is another way to meet and learn via zoom. We discuss the most interesting books from the past and present. Anyone can join and we are always open to suggestions. So far we have read 50 books, give or take!
The Religious School, which is directed by Lauren Bandari, is thriving with 30 children. Eight children have started or will start preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, with guidance from Andy Schloss, Binah Polay, and Rabbi Hyman. Our children will be well prepared for their life cycle events. We gather with CBD and COT intermittently so that our children get to meet with other Jewish children in the community.
We have also officially hired Rabbi Micah Hyman to be our Rabbi. Rabbi Hyman adds so much not only to TNS but to our community. We are very fortunate to have Rabbi Hyman, not only be our Rabbi, but he lives locally and is accessible to our congregation.
Lauren Bandari has organized a monthly Rosh Chodesh for women and gather at Sycamore Springs. This occurs monthly with the next one on January 9, 2022. More details to follow.
Our security gate is almost ready to keep TNS safe and secure. The logos will be added by Larry Schuster, the son of the first President of TNS, the late Emily McGinn.
A big thank you to our wonderful Board of Directors: Armin Bandari, Saeed Niku, John Belsher, Susan Shalit, Yishai Horowitz, and our amazing CPA Ron Levy, whose guidance and support keeps Temple Ner Shalom growing and moving forward.
Should any member wish to donate additional funds to any of the above line items to Temple Ner Shalom the Board of Directors would be deeply appreciative.