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Preserving Our Heritage
Discovering Judaism
Holidays
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.

Holidays

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.

Shabbat

Come celebrate Shabbat at NCRT. .
Friday night services are at 6:30pm on the first and second Fridays of the month.  
Friday night servies are at 7:30 on the third, fourth (and occational fifth) Friday of the month. See our Calendar for Family Service times and dates.  

The Order of the Service
The prayer book is called Siddur, which means "order." Every service has an order.
Mah Tovu
The first line is a blessing of Bilaam (Bilam) from Numbers 24:5. Bilaam was hired by the King Balak to curse the people of Israel. Bilaam looked into the tents of the people of Israel and instead of a curse, he praised us with the words of "Mah Tovu"
The Kaddish
Kaddish comes from the Hebrew word for holiness. There are five variations to the Kaddish prayer. This Kaddish is called the "Hatzi Kaddish" or the half Kaddish because it omits one verse from the basic version. It is also called the "Readers Kaddish" because it is used to separate the different parts of the service and offer a holy transition. Because our connection with the Kaddish is with mourning, we include the Reader's Kaddish at the beginning of our service to tell mourners that they are welcome here, to praise God and to separate the first part of the service from the second part, the Barchu.
The Shema and Its Blessings:
Barchu
Jewish tradition emphasizes praying with a community. "One who prays with a congregation will have their prayer answered." (Talmud). As the first word, Barchu, is spoken the leader slightly bows to gently call each congregant to prayer. At the word Baruch, the congregation bows to acknowledge and respond to the leader.
Shema
The first statement of the Shema is, "Shema, Israel, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad," is from Deuteronomy 6:4ff. The response to the first statement of the Shema is "Baruch Sheim kevod malchuto leolam vaed" Blessed is the God's glorious kingdom forever and ever. This response originated in the days of the Temple. Only the High Priest was permitted to say God's holy name (represented by the Hebrew letters Yud Hey Vav Hey), and only from within the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. The congregation's response to this most holy of utterance was "Baruch sheim kevod..."
Mi-Chamocha
Tradition calls us to remember Yetziat Mitzrayim - our going out from Egypt, in every service. We remember that we were slaves and know that until all people are free not one of us is completely free. Though we mourn for the suffering of the Egyptians and know that the journey ahead is long and difficult, we join together in celebrating of this precious moment of complete freedom. The wisdom of celebrating that moment has carried us through times of deep despair when a glimmer of hope came from remembering the miracle at the shores of the Sea of Reeds, when Miriam the prophetess took her timbrel in her hand and together with Moses, led the Israelites in song and dance.
Tefillah
This is the central part of the prayer service. Tefillah means "prayer." This section has two other names: the Amidah (standing) because the prayer is said while standing, and Shmoneh Esrei (Eighteen) because it originally contained 18 blessings, (a nineteenth was added later, but the name was not changed). On Shabbat just seven blessings are said: three of praise, one for the Sabbath, and three of thanksgiving.
Aleinu (Adoration):
This prayer reminds us that we are no longer victims. We must be on guard to avoid becoming like those nations who oppress. We bend slightly our knees the word "korim" and bow at the word "u'mishtakhavim" in humility and gratitude as we learn from the lessons of our own history and commit ourselves to Tikkun Olam: the restoration of wholeness to our broken world.
Mourners Kaddish:
As all of our prayers, the Mourner's Kaddish connects us with God. We rise together and say the same words that our people have said for their loved ones and for all those who have no one to say Kaddish for them, to continue the blessings of their lives, and for community members and friends who have died recently or at this time in seasons past.

Engaging Israel

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Engaging Israel Join Rabbi Liss on Monday nights at 7:00pm Many jews living in the Diaspora today feel a disconnect with Israel for a variety of reasons. The Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel has put together a new cutting edge curriculum on Engaging Israel.…