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September 2017

The High Holy Days are here! We begin with our Selichot Service on September 16th, at 7:30 PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, followed by Havdalah, and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner. The High Holy Day Services begin on Wednesday, September 29th, with Erev Rosh Hashanah and continue through Simchat Torah which we will celebrate on Friday, October 13th. We will hold our Sukkot celebration in the Sukkah at Cantor Patti and Ray Turner’s home, as well as Friday Night services (October 6th & 13th) and Saturday Torah Study (October 7th) as we have for a number of years. Please see the attached schedule of all the High Holy Day Services on page 4. Yizkor Services will be on Thursday evening, October 12th, at 7:00 PM, at Temple. As you can see, it will be a busy, but very rewarding Holiday season! Tickets for the Services will be mailed to members next week. If you are not a member and would like to join us for the Holiday Services, please contact us at HHH@CongregationNerTamid.org or by phone at 972-416-9738 and please leave a message.

The Congregation is very concerned about our fellow Jews and all of the residents in the greater Houston area affected by the devastating hurricane and flooding caused by Harvey. Please help us help them by supporting the various emergency relief funds that have been setup. The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, www.jewishdallas.org, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, www.jfsdallas.org, Union for Reform Judaism. www.urj.org, Red Cross, www.redcross.org. Ner Tamid will be supporting the Dallas Jewish Family Service Food Drive during the High Holy Days. Please consider bringing non-perishable food items to any, and all, of our High Holy Day Services. Kosher and non-kosher foods are appreciated!

Cantor Patti mentioned in her article last month that the Torah Study group is going to begin studying Ne-vi-in, the Prophets. We will start with the Book of Joshua. We invite everyone to come and study with us. Additional details will be provided in the next newsletter.

You may have noticed that some new items/columns have been added to the newsletter during the last couple of months. We are always looking for news and ideas that are of interest to you, our members and readers. Please let us know what you would like to see in the newsletter.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 10). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart.

Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

August 2017

Summer is definitely here, in Texas! While the heat and humidity have been almost unbearable, the warmth and coziness at Ner Tamid have been refreshing and welcome. We have a number of activities during August and invite you to come and experience them with us. Services are every Friday night at 7:30 PM, and Torah Study on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. (Except the second Saturday which is at Legacy Willow Bend as well as the fourth Saturday. See the calendar for details). Israeli and International Folk Dancing will held on Saturday, August 26th, at 7:30 PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdalah, and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner.

The Board is planning a Special Meeting for the entire Congregation on Sunday, August 13th, at 10:00 AM. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and plan for Sustainable Growth for the Congregation. The Board is looking for, and needs, input from the Congregation to set a path for growth in membership and services provided to all. It is very important that we make plans and work at ways to move the Congregation forward to improve the viability and visibility of the Congregation. Please mark your calendar and set aside a few hours for this important meeting!

The High Holidays are rapidly approaching with Rosh Hashanah beginning Wednesday evening, September 20th. Please let Cantor Patti and/or myself know if you will be attending and would like to participate in the services. There are Hebrew, English and non-speaking parts available. Please check our service schedule on page 4. Ner Tamid will be supporting the Jewish Family Service Food Drive during the High Holy Days. Please consider bringing non-parishable food items to any and all of our High Holy Day services. Kosher and non-kosher foods are appreciated!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 10). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart.

Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

July 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held Sunday, June 11th. Those who attended heard remarks from Cantor Patti, the Committee Chairs, the President, and the Treasurer. We reviewed the activities of the past year as well as the financial status of the Congregation. The Slate of Officers was presented, which included all of the present Board members and the addition of Shuli French as a new Trustee. The Slate was approved. The Operating Budget for 2017-2018 was presented and approved, as modified. The Board appreciates and thanks the Congregation for their support.

The month of July begins with a “bang!” Our annual Fourth of July Weekend Pool Party will be held Saturday, July 1st, at 3:00PM, at the Friedberg’s following our normal Torah Study at 10:00AM in the morning. The Torah Study Group will have a Torah Service on Saturday July, 22nd, at 10:00AM, as we complete the reading of Bemidbar (Numbers). The Service will be followed by a light Kiddush. Israeli and International Folk Dancing will return after a one month hiatus on Saturday, July 29th, at 7:30PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30PM, Havdalah, and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner.

The Board is planning a Special Meeting for the entire Congregation on Sunday, August 13th, at 10:00AM. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss and plan for Sustainable Growth for the Congregation. The Board is looking for, and needs, input from the Congregation to set a path for growth in membership and services provided to all. It is very important that we make plans and work at ways to move the Congregation forward to improve the viability and visibility of the Congregation. Please mark your calendar and set aside a few hours for this important meeting!

The High Holidays are rapidly approaching with Rosh Hashanah beginning Wednesday night, September 20th. Please let Cantor Patti and/or myself know if you will be attending and would like to participate in the services. There are Hebrew, English and non-speaking parts available.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 11). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

June 2017

It’s summer! It is hard to believe that the Congregation’s Fiscal Year, 2016-2017, is almost over. It has gone by so quickly. The Annual Meeting of the Congregation takes place on Sunday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM. The meeting will provide comments and reviews from Cantor Patti as well as the various offices and committees of the Congregation. The current financial position as well as the 2017-2018 Budget will be presented and election of the Board will be conducted. This is an opportunity for all of our members to provide input to the Board for programming and activities that you would like to see at Ner Tamid. The Board would like to have everyone attend the Annual Meeting so that we can hear from you, our members!

We start the month of June with Yizkor Service on Thursday, June 1st, the Annual Meeting on June 11th, as described above, then on June 30th, at 7:30 PM, we will have our 5th Friday Café evening with the viewing of the movie, “Famous Nathan’s” - “Back when Coney Island was America’s playground, Nathan Handwerker was royalty. An immigrant from Poland of little education and lesser means, Handwerker built a hot-dog stand into an eatery that became an institution, then a sensation. No one who was anyone didn’t stop by and have a frank at Nathan’s Famous. ”. July will begin with our Annual Pool Party at the Friedbergs on Saturday, July 1st, at 3:00 pm.

We had a very active month of May. Ner Tamid participated in the JFGD annual Israel Independence Day Celebration on May 7th, at the JCC. We had a lot of fun and met some new people who were interested in Ner Tamid. We celebrated Lag Ba-Omer at Willow Grove Park in Lake Dallas on Saturday, May 13th. It was a beautiful evening on the shore of Lewisville Lake and the S’mores were outstanding, as were the fire-roasted potatoes and onions. Saturday, May 20th, was the Torah Service for the conclusion of the reading of Vayikra (Leviticus). The following Saturday, May 27th, was an evening of Torah Study, Havdalah, dinner and Israeli/International Folk dancing.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 11). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart.

Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

April 2017

April is here and this will be another very busy month for Ner Tamid. One of the special events during April includes the annual MS Walk on Saturday, April 8th, at 7:30 AM, in Addison. We will be walking with Team Wizards, the team that honors the memory of I. D. Freed. Immediately following the MS Walk we will travel to The Legacy at Willow Bend for our Torah Study at 10:00 AM. The evening program that was scheduled, a discussion about Anti-Semitism, has been postponed to a later date to be announced.

Pesach begins on Monday, April 10th. Our Annual Second Night Seder will be Tuesday, April 11th, starting at 6:30 PM at Ner Tamid. Please see the flyer on page 4. A Yizkor Memorial Service will be held on April 18th at 7:00 pm, the 8th day of Pesach.

On the last Saturday of April we will have Torah Study at our regular time of 10:00 AM. That evening at 6:30 PM, we return for Havdalah, Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner and Israeli/International folk dancing at 7:30 PM. We will have live music that evening!

March was jam packed with services and activities that delighted and inspired the young and the young at heart! Our Purim Celebration was enjoyed by all. Thank you to our awesome Magillat readers, Alan Prager, the man of many voices, and Cantor Patti, who had a hard time keeping a straight face! We enjoyed the homemade Hamentachen provided by Marcy, Shuli, and Cantor Patti. Torah Study that Saturday, March 11th, at Legacy, was extra special as we delivered Purim gift bags to the Jewish residents in Hilda’s building.

Our Torah readers did an outstanding job, as always, during the Torah Service on Saturday, March 25th. Thank you Carolyn, Michael, Shuli and Cantor Patti. A delightful Kiddush was provided by Shuli. That evening we returned to Temple for Havdalah, dinner and Israeli / International Folk which was a lot of fun.

Our Fifth Friday on March 31st was a blast. We watch the movie “Wall-E” which a few of us (Kathy and I) had never seen, while most everyone else had, at least once, if not more. It is a great movie and we had a lot of fun watching it. The underlying story is very real and poignant, with a strong message for us all.

We have added a Future Planning List on page 5 of activities that are coming up in the next couple of months so that you can put them on your calendar. As always, if you have suggestions of activities, events, projects or programs that you would like to see at Ner Tamid, please contact any Board member with your suggestions! The Mazel Tov Corner is another new section in the newsletter and your help is needed. This will be a place to announce special achievements, Simchahs - a place to brag! Please send your Mazel Tov’s to me to be included!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 11). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart.

Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

March 2017

March and April are two of the three busiest months for Ner Tamid! We start in March with our Annual Purim Celebration on Friday, March 10th, at 6:00 PM. Please note the earlier starting time for this. Our celebration will include a Dairy Pot Luck Dinner, reading of the Magillat, and a couple of special events! The next day, Saturday, March 11th, our regularly scheduled Torah Study will take place at 10:00 AM, at The Legacy at Willow Bend. As a special treat, we will be delivering Purim gift bags to all of the Jewish residents at Legacy. Thank you to Shuli & Jack, Brittni, Cantor Patti & Mr. T, Kathy and myself for helping put together the gifts.

Saturday, March 25th, we will have our Torah Service at 10:00 AM followed by Kiddish. Please come and support our awesome Torah readers! That evening at 6:30 PM, we return for Havdalah, Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner and Israeli/International folk dancing at 7:30 PM. It is a lot of fun, so come and enjoy.

Movie Night returns on the Fifth Friday, March 31st, at 7:30 pm with the showing of “Wall-E”. From what I have been told, it is a great movie, (can you believe that I have not seen it?) that everyone loves. Please come and share the evening with us.

April will be just as jammed packed! Special events during April include the annual MS Walk on Saturday, April 8th, at 7:30 AM, in Addison. We will be walking with Team Wizards, the team that honors the memory of I. D. Freed. Immediately following the MS Walk, we will travel to The Legacy at Willow Bend for our Torah Study at 10:00 AM. In the evening we will gather at Ner Tamid for an open discussion about Anti-Semitism, as it has become much more present in recent months.

Pesach begins on Monday, April 10th. Our Annual Second Night Seder will be Tuesday, April 11th, starting at 6:30 PM at Ner Tamid. Please see the flyer on page 4. Be sure to send your reservation in as soon as possible to RSVP@CongregationNerTamid.org. Planning is already well underway and if you would like to help, please contact Kathy at kat@CongregationNerTamid.org. A Yizkor Memorial Service will be held on the 8th day of Pesach at 7:00 pm.

On the last Saturday of April we will have Torah Study at our regular time of 10:00 AM. That evening at 6:30 PM, we return for Havdalah, Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner and Israeli/International folk dancing at 7:30 PM. We are hoping to have live music that evening!

We have added a Future Planning List on page 5 of activities that are coming up in the next couple of months so that you can put them on your calendar. As always, if you have suggestions of activities, events, projects or programs that you would like to see at Ner Tamid, please contact any Board member with your suggestions! The Mazel Tov Corner is another new section in the newsletter and your help is needed. This will be a place to announce special achievements, Simchahs - a place to brag! Please send your Mazel Tov’s to me to be included!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 11). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart.

Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

January 2017

I hope that everyone had a memorable Chanukah and a very Happy New Year! Ner Tamid celebrated Chanukah with our Annual Chanukah Celebration on Friday, December 30th, by having a Pot Luck Dinner, candle lighting of everyone’s Chanukiah and a song fest. Thank you to everyone that participated. It was a lot of fun! January 1st found a group of us traveling to Denton for our (now) traditional New Year’s Day late lunch this year at the Greenhouse Restaurant. It was a very nice time to socialize with friends. If you missed it, you will have another chance to join next year!

This month we will have a Torah Service on Saturday, January 14th, as the Torah Study group completes the reading of Bereshit (Genesis). Please come and support our wonderful Torah readers on this special day. A light Kiddush will follow the service. Since this is the second Saturday of the month, we will not be having Torah Study at The Legacy at Willow Bend. We will return to The Legacy on February 11th.

Saturday, January 28th, we will have our Torah Study at 5:30 PM followed by Havdalah, Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:30 PM and Israeli/International folk dancing at 7:30 PM. This is a fun event and we encourage everyone to come and learn something new! Our teachers are very patient and we do have a lot of fun!!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

December 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I hope that everyone had a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable holiday. November was a quiet month for Ner Tamid as we did not have any major holidays to celebrate. We did, of course, have services on Friday and Torah study on Saturday each week.

Thank you to everyone who has made the trip to The Legacy at Willow Bend on the second Saturday (each month) to share our study of Torah with Hilda Pritsker and other residents. They really appreciate our coming to them. If anyone would like to attend, but doesn’t want to make the drive, please contact me as we will be happy to meet and do the driving. Our next time at The Legacy will be Saturday, December 10th.

Once again we enjoyed the opportunity to learn some new Israeli/International Folk Dances on the fourth Saturday of the month. We appreciate the wonderful teachers who have been providing their time to us, our own Shelly Allison as well as Laura Hanson, a co-worker of Michael Bergel. In November we had the pleasure of meeting Laura’s twin sister, Lynda, who was visiting with Laura from Michigan.

Chanukah arrives on Saturday, December 24th! Our Annual Chanukah Celebration will be during Friday Night services on December 30th. We will have Meat Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the Chanukiah Lighting at 7:30 PM, a short service and then our traditional Chanukah Sing-A-Long! Don’t forget to bring your Chanukiah, candles and pot luck food. Please check with Kathy on food items as she will coordinate that.

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, January 1st, for our (now) Annual New Year’s Day late lunch at 2:00 PM. The details are still being put together. Watch your emails for details, and RSVP’s will be necessary.

Now is a great time to think about making an additional donation to the Congregation. With the end of the year fast approaching, a donation will not only help the Congregation, but it also can help you with a deduction for your taxes. There are a number of funds that can always benefit from your donations. Please see the list and a donation form on page 9 of the newsletter.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs with the Kroger Community Rewards (you need to renew your designated charity once a year!), Tom Thumb Rewards, and the Amazon Smiles programs which help to support Ner Tamid.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Shalom, Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid

March 2016

I sometimes feel like a broken record when I sit down to write my newsletter article each month. It seems to me that I often write about all of the services, events and activities that we have at Ner Tamid, and indeed we do have a lot, considering the relatively small size of our Congregation. Yet we more often than not, have a minyan for our services and activities. Hats off to all of us for being able to achieve that. That said, we always need at least one more person to attend. Why don’t you be that person this week? If it has been a while since you came to services, Torah Study, a social activity, etc., then make an extra effort to come and support your Synagogue!

So here is what is coming up in the next few weeks. On Saturday morning, March 12th, we will have a Torah Service at 10:00am, as we read the concluding verses from Shemote (Exodus). A light Kiddush will follow the service, thanks to Marcy Prager! Our Friday night service on March 18th will include a presentation/discussion by Shuli French. She and hubby Jack have recently returned from a month in Israel. Our annual Purim Speil takes place on Friday, March 25th, and is always a fun filled evening. Come in costume and bring your groggers. Saturday, March 26th, we will have our Torah Study at 5:30pm followed by Havdallah and BYODD at 6:45pm. Israeli and International Folk Dancing will begin at 7:30pm. It is fun to re-learn the dances we learned as kids and watched our kids learn at Sunday school.

April brings another full month of activities that we’ll talk about in the next issue, but be sure to mark your calendar for our Annual Second Night Passover Seder on Saturday, April 23rd. Also, the Annual MS Walk takes place in Addison on April 9th at 8:30am. A group of us are planning on walking with the team Wizards, named in memory of I. D. Freed, a founding member of Ner Tamid. Please check your emails for details on how to join with us.

We are in the process of ordering polo-style shirts with the new logo emblazoned on them. Please contact me if you would like to order a shirt with how many, size, male or female. Children sizes are also available. The cost is $15.00 each.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs that help to support Ner Tamid. Please be sure to register with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards and the Amazon Smiles programs.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


February 2016

While January was a busy month at Ner Tamid, we will get a short reprise in February. The operative word being short, but not as short as a normal February. With this being a leap year, not only in the secular calendar but also in our Hebrew calendar, we have an additional whole month, Adar II! Friday night Shabbat services and Saturday morning Shabbat service and Torah study are the main events during the month of February. We will have the Israeli/International Folk dancing program on Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdalah and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:45 PM.

The Tu B’Shevat (New Year for Trees) Seder was held on Sunday, January 24th and was a very lovely service and Seder. Thank you to Brittni Coe for leading the service and coordinating the Seder. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time.

Thank you to everyone who helped cut coupons after our January 29th Shabbat services. We helped Marilynn Lepley as she takes the manufacturers coupons from the newspapers and divides them up and sends them to our military personnel at bases around the world. They are able to use the coupons up to six months after the expiration date at the PX and Commissaries. Our service people really appreciate our efforts.

There are a number of events coming up in March and April, including a Torah Service on Saturday, March 12th, our annual Purim Speil on Friday, March 25, and our Annual Second Night Seder on April 23rd. Please be sure to mark these dates on your calendar!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and friends who continue to support our Congregation and the activities and programming that we provide. Since we are a small Congregation it is important that we share the “load” and a great way to do this is through donations to the various funds that are available. It is always nice to see your name in the newsletter, being honored, or remembered. Please use the form on page 9 of the newsletter to send in your donations. All donations are acknowledged and highly appreciated!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs that help to support Ner Tamid. Please be sure to register with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards and the Amazon Smiles programs.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid

January 2016

It seems as though it was just a few months ago that we celebrated the New Year, and here we are celebrating again… oh yeah, it was just a couple of months ago… September! Happy (secular) New Year! Thank you to all who joined us for lunch at Macaroni Grill on January 1st. We had a great time and enjoyed being with one another.

Chanukah was celebrated with our traditional Chanukiah lighting, followed by a wonderful pot luck dinner. If you missed it, well, you’ll just have to wait until next year!

Our Torah readers did an excellent job, once again, as always, as we finished our study of Bereshit (Genesis) on Saturday, December 26th. We also enjoyed a lovely Kiddish provided Marcy Prager to honor Alan and all of the Torah readers.

We will continue the monthly Israeli/International Folk dancing program on Saturday, January 23rd at 7:30 PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdallah and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:45 PM.

Tu’B’Shevat (New Year for Trees) will be celebrated on Sunday, January 24th at 5:00 PM.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and friends who continue to support our Congregation and the activities and programming that we provide. Since we are a small Congregation it is important that we share the “load” and a great way to do that is through donations to the various funds that are available. It is always nice to see your name in the newsletter, being honored, or remembered. Please use the form on page 9 of the newsletter to send in your donations. You can also see Joel Goodman or myself to make a donation. All donations are acknowledged and highly appreciated!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs that help to support Ner Tamid. Please be sure to register with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards and the Amazon Smiles programs.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


December 2015

There is lots going on this month at Ner Tamid! So keep on reading. We start the month with Israeli/International Folk dancing on Saturday, December 5th, at 7:30 PM. This will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdallah and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:45 PM. As always, two left feet are OK for dancing!

The following Friday, December 11th, is our Annual Chanukah Celebration. Join us for the Chanukiah Lighting at 7:00 PM, a short service and then a Dairy Pot Luck Dinner and our traditional Chanukah Sing-A-Long! Don’t forget to bring your Chanukiah, candles and pot luck food.

On Saturday, December 26th, at 10:00 AM, the Torah Study Group will conduct a Torah Service as we finish reading the book of Bereshit (Genesis). Please come and support our awesome Torah readers! A light Kiddush lunch will be served following the service.

We are planning to hold another New Year ’s Day late lunch, as we did last year. The details are still being put together, but the plan is lunch about 2:00 to 2:30 and then immediately afterwards have an early Shabbat service, perhaps, 4:30 to 5:00. The details will follow via the web site and by emails. RSVP’s will be necessary.

We had a most enjoyable and enlightening Adult Discussion on November 21st, with Lincoln Endelman, a WWII Veteran, as he shared his youthful experiences as an Army pilot. He certainly has an excellent memory of his exploits! Thank you for sharing them with us!

It’s not too late to think about making an additional donation to the Congregation. With the end of the year here, a donation will not only help the Congregation, but it also helps you with a deduction on your taxes. There are a number of funds that can always benefit from your donations. Please see the list and a donation form on page 9 of the newsletter.

Please help if you can – Ariala Belkoff’s mother is in need of a critical surgery. A GoFundMe page has been established to assist her. You can help at www.gofundme.com search for “Linda Malik”.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs that help to support Ner Tamid. Please be sure to register with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards and the Amazon Smiles programs.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


November 2015

If there is such a thing as a quiet month for the Synagogue, November is that month. There are no major Jewish holidays, only secular ones this month. We will have our regularly scheduled Friday night services as well as Shabbat morning services and Torah Study each week. Please take a moment on Wednesday, November 11th, to pause and thank our Veterans for their service to our country and the world. Join us on November 21st at 7:30 pm for an Adult Discussion with Lincoln Endelman, a WWII Veteran, as he shares some of his experiences. Torah Study will be at 5:30 pm followed by Havdallah and Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:30 pm on that day.

I would like to thank our anonymous donors who have provided a new dimension to our High Holy Day, Simchat Torah and upcoming Torah services. We now a larger flat screen TV in the sanctuary and with the addition of the overhead camera, we can all see the Torah as it is being read by our awesome Torah readers. Thank you also to Robby Moon (Mardi’s husband) for his time and talent in getting the system up and running for the High Holy Days.

Now is a great time to think about making an additional donation to the Congregation. With the end of the year fast approaching, a donation will not only help the Congregation, but it also helps you with a deduction on your taxes. There are a number of funds that can always benefit from your donations. Please see the list and a donation form on page 9 of the newsletter.

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take advantage of the rewards programs that help to support Ner Tamid. Please be sure to register with the Kroger Community Rewards, Tom Thumb Rewards and the Amazon Smiles programs.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

October 2015

Fall has arrived in Dallas! How do I know? We erected the Sukkah and it was very warm that day (typical Dallas – 90+°). The next day we celebrated Sukkot, read the Blessings and waved the Lulov and Etrog and it was nice and warm. We held our Friday Night Shabbat Service and Saturday morning Torah Study in the Sukkah the following weekend and it was delightfully cool and comfortable, almost brisk as it was in the low 60’s. We will hold our Simchat Torah Service on Sunday, October 4th, and then we return to our Ner Tamid Sanctuary as the High Holy Day services are complete.

Thank you to all of our participants, as well as all of our attendees, in the High Holy Day Services. They were moving and uplifting this year, as they are every year. We are very blessed to have so many members and friends who want to participate and actively be engaged in the Holiday experience. Thank you to our wonderful Torah readers, the fact that so many of our members want to read is extraordinary! Special thanks to Cantor Patti for leading us and enriching us during the holidays. Our Kol Nidre services were exceptional with Cantor Patti’s voice, Joel Goodman’s piano, Gudrun Raschen’s cello, and Jessica Miller’s shofar. We appreciate the funding provided by the Bertha Kurzban Music Fund that supported our Kol Nidre Service. Thank you all!

We had a wonderful time on Saturday afternoon, September 26th, building the Sukkah. We appreciate Cantor Patti and Ray Turner for letting us use their backyard for our Sukkot celebration. The sukkah looked wonderful with the addition of the decorations that were made at our Craft Activity evening. Thank you to Larry and Renée Spritzer, Shuli and Jack French, Brittni Coe, Patti and Ray Turner and Kathy Friedberg for your help in erecting and decorating the Sukkah.

Please join us on Saturday, October 24th, at 7:30PM, for Israeli/International Folk Dancing. Dancing will be preceded at 5:30 PM with Torah Study, followed by Havdallah. At 6:30 PM we will sit down to enjoy a Pot Luck Dinner and this will be a meat dinner!

Remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). Please take a moment to go to the Kroger Community Rewards page on the Kroger website and add Ner Tamid. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

September 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! The holidays are here! The year has just flown by. It seems that it was just a few months ago that we were celebrating the High Holy Days at Ner Tamid, not a full year. For me, and I am sure, for many of you, these services are a time to reconnect with family and friends. It is also a time to reflect on how far we have come in the past year and how much more we want to accomplish in the coming year. Tickets for the Holidays are available. For information, please contact us at HHD@CongregationNerTamid.org. All the services and events for the holidays are included.

Please support our communities during the holidays (and all year round) by bringing shelf stable food items and hygiene items to Temple for donation to the various shelters in our areas. Our Tzedaka box also collects gently used coats and blankets.

Thank you to Brittni Coe and Shuli French for coordinating a wonderful evening of craft activities. We had a lot of fun helping make some very unique decorations for the sanctuary and the Sukkah. The kids, as well as the young at heart adults, had a lot of fun. We learned a number of new techniques to transform everyday items into very interesting decorations.

On the last Saturday of the month Israeli/Folk Dancing has rapidly become a regular event in our calendar of activities. Thank you to Michael Bergel for coordinating the dancing and to Shelley Allison and Laura Hanson (our teachers) for being so patient with those of us who have two left feet. We will not have dancing in September due to the Holidays. However it will resume on October 24th (not the last Saturday!)

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). The Kroger Community Rewards Program needs you to re-attach your card to Ner Tamid each year in August. Please take a moment to go to the Kroger Community Rewards page on the Kroger website and add Ner Tamid. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

August 2015

August will be a busy month as we begin the preparations for the High Holy Days! (Can you believe that they are just over a month away?) Please see the flyer on page 4 of the newsletter for the service schedule dates and times. If you would like to participate in the services, please contact me as we have English, Hebrew and non-speaking parts available. Members will receive tickets to the services. If you are not a member and would like to attend our services, please contact us at HHD@CongregationNerTamid.org for information. All of the services and events for the holidays are included.

I would like to thank the Board members for all of the hard work that they put into making sure that Ner Tamid continues to flourish. We have mentioned in the past that we operate on a very tight budget. The members of the Board have stepped up and pitched in to go above and beyond, by not only fulfilling their financial obligation, but adding additional donations to help the budget. If you are in a position to contribute to Ner Tamid beyond your dues requirement, we would be delighted to accept your assistance. If you are not a member, please consider a donation to Ner Tamid, which can be made to the General Fund in your name or anonymously.

Please join us for an evening of family, food, and fun crafts that celebrate our Jewish heritage on Saturday, August 22nd, at 6:30 pm. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be making some decorations for the Holidays including for the Sukkah. In addition, back to school is often a difficult time for families in need. The price of admission to the evening is a canned good or other microwavable, non-perishable item, to be donated to less fortunate families in the area. Join us for a night of making memories and mitzvahs.

Israeli/International Folk Dancing returns to Ner Tamid on Saturday evening, August 29th, at 7:00pm. Come and join for a fun filled evening, and don’t fret if you have two left feet, some of us have two right feet, and so it will all work out! Torah Study and Havdalah will precede the dancing at 5:30 pm, as will Bring Your Own Dinner at 6:30 pm.

The Board is also looking at a number of possible Community Service activities for after the High Holy Days and we are soliciting ideas. If you know of anything that you would like to participate in, please contact a Board member. As part of this we are recommending that you bring staple canned goods to Temple for donation to the various shelters in our areas.

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9). The Kroger Community Rewards Program needs you to re-attach your card to Ner Tamid each year in August. Please take a moment to go to the Kroger Community Rewards page on the Kroger website and add Ner Tamid. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


July 2015

As always, there is a lot of happenings at Ner Tamid! We have a Torah Service on Saturday, July 18th as the Torah Study Group completes the reading of Bamidbar (Numbers). This will complete out eighth year of Torah Study! Please check the calendar as our Social Activity Committee has added a Bowling Night on Saturday July 11th at 7:30pm. Come on out and “Let’s Go Bowling!”

We did receive a number of comments about last month’s article regarding services. We appreciate the feedback that we received. As a result we have modified the Third Friday to a slightly shorter service (about 45 minutes to one hour) and then time to sit and schmooze with each other. The Fifth Friday will include a short service as well as the Social Activity. It is very important that you let us know your thoughts and feelings about any changes that are made.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation was held on Sunday, June 28th. During the meeting we reviewed the activities of past year, heard remarks from Cantor Patti and the committee chairs, including the new Social Activity Committee. Joel reviewed our current financial status as well as presented the budget for the coming fiscal year, 2015-2016. The proposed slate of officers was presented and approved by acclimation. We welcome Mark Pierce to the Board as a Trustee. Carolyn Jobe stepped down from the board and we acknowledged her participation and contributions to the board. Carolyn has agreed to take on the role of writing thank you notes for Donations, but not as a Board member. Please see the list of Board Members on page two.

Thank you to all that attended the Friedberg’s Independence Day weekend Cookout and Pool Party on Friday, July 3rd. The weather was great, the kids (and young at heart kids) had a blast. We’ll do it again next year!

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9) including our new association with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


June 2015

Can you believe it? June will be a relatively quiet month for Ner Tamid! Well that is not really true. We will have services on Friday nights and Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study every Saturday. There are no major Jewish holidays during the secular month of June so it will be a little less hectic.

The Board has made some adjustments to our service schedules to encourage more members, and guests, to attend Friday evening services. Please read the article on page 3 and, as always, your comments, thoughts and ideas are welcome.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, June 28th, at 10:00 AM. Please see the notice on page 3. As many of you know, the Congregation runs a very tight budget that is based on your dues and donations. The fiscal year for Ner Tamid ends on June 30th, so please be sure that your financial commitments to the Congregation are up-to-date.

As has become tradition over the last number of years, the Friedberg’s are inviting everyone to join them on Independence Day weekend for a Cookout and Pool Party on Friday, July 3rd, at 5:30PM. Come early and join us for food and swimming as well.

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9) including our new association with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

May 2015

Things are moving very quickly at Congregation Ner Tamid! We have a number of activities coming up during May and planning many more for the coming months. The Board is continually listening to, and very interested in, your ideas for services, social events, and other activities. We have recently established a Social Activity Committee, chaired by Michael Bergel, to plan and implement additional social gatherings for the Congregation. Please feel free to contact any member of the Board to discuss your ideas!

Please join us Saturday, May 9th, at 7:00 PM for the screening of the movie, “The Dove Flyer.” Based on the novel by Eli Amir, “The Dove Flyer” depicts the final years of the Jewish community in Baghdad before its expulsion and resettlement in Israel in the early 1950’s. Dr. Ruth Levitz, whose parents were part of the Jewish community in Baghdad, will be with us and available to discuss and answer questions. The screening will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdallah and Bring Your Own Dinner (Dairy) at 6:30 PM. Come for part, or all, of the evening!

The Torah Study Group will conduct a Torah Service the following week, Saturday, May 16th, at 10:00 AM as we complete the reading of Shemini (Leviticus). The service will be followed by a light Kiddish. The 2nd day of Shavuot Yizkor Memorial Service will be held on Monday morning, May 25th, (Memorial Day) at 10:00 AM.

Friday, May 29th is the Fifth Friday and while we will not hold services that evening, we are planning Dinner Out at 7:00 PM. Details will follow by email. Saturday, May 30th, will be the next installment of Israeli /International Folk Dancing at 7:00 PM. The dancing will be preceded by Torah Study at 5:30 PM, Havdallah and Bring Your Own Dinner (Dairy) at 6:30 PM. Come for part, or all, of the evening!

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, June 28th, at 10:00 AM. Members and guests are invited to this meeting to review the past year, discuss the coming year, review the financial status, and elect officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

We are pleased to announce that the Congregation is now a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that your purchases at Kroger help to raise funds for Ner Tamid, without costing you a penny. All you need to do is signify that Ner Tamid is your charity of choice. Our number is 93262; just add that to your rewards account at www.Kroger.com. You can sign up for a Rewards account at that address if you don’t currently have one.

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9) including our new association with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

April 2015

Happy Pesach!! Our apologies for the lateness of this month’s newsletter. It has been just a little more crazy than usual, getting ready for the family and Congregation’s Seders. Our Annual Second Night Seder was a wonderful gathering of members, family, and guests that came together to celebrate the retelling of the story of our freedom from slavery, the Exodus. Thank you to all that participated and helped throughout the evening, with special thanks to Mr. T., Brittni Coe and Kathy Friedberg for the planning and execution of the evening.

We will conduct the Yizkor Memorial Service on Saturday morning, April 11th, at 10:00AM. Please note that we have changed the time for this service.

Our Purim Celebration was on Friday night, March 6th at 7:30PM. We had a wonderful group, most of who came in costume and everyone had a great time. Special thanks to Cantor Patti for her leadership and Alan Prager for his incredible reading of the Magillah.

Our Torah Dedication service was on Saturday, March 14th, as the Torah Study group completed the reading of Shemot (Exodus). Our second Torah was dedicated and we honored Hilda Pritsker and Jan & Tom Ashby (former members) for their very generous donations to the Torah Fund, as well as everyone else who contributed to the Torah Fund. Please be sure to check the plaque on the wall by the Ark.

We are pleased to announce that the Congregation is now a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This means that your purchases at Kroger help to raise funds for Ner Tamid, without costing you a penny. All you need to do is signify that Ner Tamid is your charity of choice. Our number is 93262; just add that to your rewards account at www.Kroger.com. You can sign up for a Rewards account at that address if you don’t currently have one.

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 11) including our new association with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Don’t forget to add Ner Tamid to your Tom Thumb Rewards Program, and the Amazon Smiles program.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid


March 2015

March has arrived! If the weather forecasters are right, it has come in with a roar!! It will cap off a week of unusual weather for the Dallas area. What better way to put it behind us than to take part in the many activities at Ner Tamid! (You knew I was going to tie it in somehow!) We have a lot coming up the next couple of months.

Our Purim Celebration will take place on Friday night, March 6th at 7:30PM. We will have our annual Magillah reading, Purim Speil, and added this year, a costume contest! Please be sure to come dressed as your favorite Purim character. This will be a fun evening, as always! Don’t forget to bring your Groggers, (or you can use those that we supply).

On Saturday, March 14th, the Torah Study group will celebrate the completion of the reading of Shemot (Exodus). Our Torah service will begin at 10:00AM and we invite everyone to come and join this very special service. Not only will we read the final verses of Shemot, but we will read from our new Torah as well as dedicate it to our Congregation.

Our Annual Second Night Seder will take place on Saturday, April 4th. This is always one the most popular events that we conduct. Please get your reservations (required) in as early as possible. (See the flyer on page 5 of the March newsletter.) Please note that we will not hold Friday night services on April 3rd, or Torah Study on Saturday, April 4th.

We will conduct the Yizkor Memorial Service on Saturday evening, April 11th, at 7:30PM. Yizkor will follow Torah Study at 5:30PM and Havdallah as well as a Bring Your Own Dairy Dinner at 6:30PM.

A big thank you goes to Brittni Coe and Rebekah James for leading the Tu B’Shevat Seder on Saturday, February 7th. We all had a great time and enjoyed Seder!

The end of the Ner Tamid fiscal year is approaching (June 30th). It will help the Congregation if all of our members who have not finished their dues commitment for the 2014-2015 year, could bring that current. Also, the Board is always looking for fresh faces to serve the Congregation for the 2015-2016 year. If you are interested, please contact myself, or any current Board member.

There is one activity that we need everyone’s (members and friends) help with. That is growing the Congregation. As we are all very aware, Ner Tamid is a small congregation. It is very important that we continue to add new members which will help us grow in size and stature in order to sustain Ner Tamid into the future. This is a major talking point and activity at every board meeting. If you know someone who is not affiliated, or have the desire to help us reach out to the community at large, please contact a Board Member.

Please be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, April 4th which will be our Annual Second Night Seder.

Please remember to support our Community Service activities (see page 9 of the newsletter) including our new association with the Amazon Smiles.

Come experience what sets Ner Tamid apart. Where you are more than just a name!

Randy

Randy Friedberg, President, Congregation Ner Tamid