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Preserving Our Heritage
Discovering Judaism
Welcoming Diversity

Preserving Our Heritage

North Country Reform Temple Ner Tamid strives to provide Long Island’s North Shore with a center for Reform Jewish Values. Our Temple supports and promotes a dynamic Jewish community from generation to generation through an inclusive and participatory approach to worship, study, mitzvot and social activities.

Discovering Judaism

Discover Judaism though inclusive classes such as the ABC’s of Judaism or Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Liss. Come discover the North Shore’s best kept secret - The Little Temple in the Woods.


Our congregation celebrates the holidays throughout the year in some very warm and special ways. Please join us as we observe and celebrate the Jewish holiday cycle!

Welcoming Diversity

People of all backgrounds will find a home in our congregation. Some of our members come from traditionally observant homes, while others have led a more secular lifestyle. Many of our most active members are Jews by choice, and we welcome the participation of parents and partners who continue in their own faith as they raise a family in ours. Those who have felt cut off from religious life for a variety of reasons have found a spiritual home at NCRT.

Our Clergy

Rabbi Liss

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Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss, is a spiritual leader who involves herself in every aspect of Temple life, including worship, personal counseling, life cycle observances, and study programs. Rabbi Liss teaches our Confirmation Class and our Post Confirmation Class and many different adult education programs.  She is also the director of our Hebrew School program.

Rabbi Liss joined our Congregation in 1996 after having served as the associate Rabbi at Temple Kol Ami in Plantation, Florida. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1988. Rabbi Liss has a BA in Jewish Studies from American University, an MA in Hebrew Literature from Columbia University where she completed doctoral coursework in Hebrew Language and Literature and a Doctorate of Ministry from Hebrew union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Liss plays an active role in local and national Jewish and interfaith organizations.  She is president of the North Shore Clergy Group.  She is on the  Community Advisory Board of  North Shore- LIJ Hospital-in Glen Cove, the Community Advisory Board for the BioGene Bank Research Project at the North Shore LIJ Health System and she is currently a Human Rights Commissioner for Nassau County.  Rabbi Liss is active in the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Women’s Rabbinic Network. She is a member of the Long Island Temple Educators organization.



Student Cantor Meara Lebovitz 

lebovitzStudent Cantor Meara Lebovitz

As North Country Reform  Temple’s new student cantor I am thrilled to work closely with Rabbi Liss and all of you beginning this fall.  I am 3rd year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and am a product of the Reform movement.  I spent the last year as the inaugural cantorial intern at Temple Israel in Westport Connecticut.  As a child, I attended URJ Camp Harlam in the Pennsylvania Poconos as a camper for many years and then as a staff member.  I also served as Director of Jewish life at 6 Points Sports Academy last summer.  Camp is where I learned that harmony in t’filah is allowed and even encouraged.  I found my voice at camp.              

I grew up in in Cherry Hill, NJ as a member of Congregation M’kor Shalom; went to the University of Hartford and then Gratz College for my masters degree.  Before starting in the cantorial program,  I served as the Judaic Director at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ and previously the Program Manager at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, PA.  Prior to earning my Masters degree, I worked as a morning newscast producer for local TV affiliates in Reno, NV and Philadelphia, PA.  

I am also passionate about the work of the American Red Cross.  For the past 4 years,  I have served as a Disaster Action Team member as well as a shelter supervisor and hope to continue that volunteer work.

I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, worshiping with you, singing with you, and rejoicing with you throughout the year.