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Sab’einu vaboker chasdecha, unran’nah v’nism’cha b’chol yameinu

Grant us Your kindness each morning, that we may sing in joy all our days. (Psalm 90)  

B'ruchim Haba'im--Welcome to the Temple Ner Tamid community!

As Cantor, teacher, and shaliach tzibbur (community prayer representative), I am proud to share a few notes with you.  

We have a warm, engaging community that bridges tradition and innovation, particularly in prayer.  Our congregants enjoy singing along with familiar melodies, but also enjoy the new melodies featured at our Friday night Musical Shabbats, which currently include Rabbi Perlman on guitar and myself on vocals.  Past Musical Shabbats included Folk Shabbat, Oldies Shabbat, Country Shabbat, Motown Shabbat, Movie Musical Shabbat, World Music Shabbat, and even a Love Shabbat.   2017 will feature a Simon and Garfunkel Shabbat, but I am always looking for your suggestions for the future.  

Temple Ner Tamid Shabbat services are lively, fully participatory, and feature insightful, heartfelt and often provocative words of Torah from our wonderful Rabbi, Richard Perlman.   You will likely be offered an honor that best suits your comfort level, whether you prefer opening the Ark, lifting the Torah, dressing the Torah or saying the blessings for an Aliyah (call to the Torah).  The whole community embraces your Simcha at Temple Ner Tamid.  Whether you come for an Aufruf, bris, baby naming, special birthday, or anniversary, we want to celebrate with you!  

Our holiday celebrations are first rate family events, whether you enjoy dancing with the Torah during themed Hakafot, and playing Torah Jeopardy on Simchat Torah, shaking a lulav and eating al fresco at the Men’s Club’s annual Sukkot dinner, or participating in our multi-generational PurimSpiel, newly written each year.   We chant from all the major Festival scrolls and engage in a spirited Hallel service.  

And Temple Ner Tamid's High Holidays services provide the majesty and gravitas appropriate for the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), while moving at a brisk pace.  We pride ourselves on ending earlier than the published time!

 If you enjoy adult education around music, I have given two Torah reading classes, focused on the Music of Passover, the Torah Service, and the High Holidays, taught the Sisterhood about songleading, and presented my Power Point dissertation on Jewish music, “From Bible to the Beastie Boys”.  


I also contribute sermons in song from time to time.  You can hear my Vayeitzei recording on this site.  

  

These are just a few of the musical highlights at Temple Ner Tamid.  If you are new to our community, please introduce yourself to anyone in the congregation (though someone will likely approach you first).  We look forward to getting to know you!  



B'simcha uv'shirah (with joy and song),

Cantor Steve Abramowitz