December 17, 2020
Tonight is the last night of Chanukah!  The Board will lead us in candlelighting tonight, almost certainly virtually over Zoom.  We hope you have enjoyed the holiday and are staying warm and safe after the storm.  

In case you've forgotten the blessings, can't quite recall which way to light the hanukkiyah, or just want to try a new recipe, here's everything you'll need to finish the celebration off right!

Online Services and Programming

Celebrate Shabbat with your Temple Family! Friday, December 18th, 
Shabbat Services begin at the regular time of 7:00 PM.  
We hope you will join us for services on Zoom, but if you prefer you can join us on YouTube 
and you can access an 
online prayer book if needed.   
If you know of anyone who cannot join by computer or TV and would like to call in, please let us know in the office.

Friday Night Oneg, Friday, December 18th, 8:15 PM, will immediately follow services on Zoom. The Oneg is not available on YouTube, but you can join the Oneg by using the service Zoom link above. 
Bagels and Torah!  Join us!
Most Shabbats we meet 9:00 –10:00 AM.  Register to join us on Zoom.

Hebrew with Cantor, Thursdays, 1:00 PM.  Join us each week!
Join our intimate group to study Hebrew at an accessible pace and to analyze concepts of the language.  We warmly welcome new learners.  New members study with current members to help accelerate their learning and to become part of our community. Please let Cantor Galit know you are coming. “I love love love learning Hebrew!  Prayers are more expansive, poetic and theologically open in Hebrew than in English.”--Class member
Participate via Zoom.
Chanukah ends tonight, Thursday, December 17th.  Join us as the Board helps us Light the Night on the 8th night of Chanukah! 
We hope you have enjoyed the TBO celebration of Chanukah. If you have not already done so, click on the flyer below to register for tonight's candlelighting. We had a few technical difficulties, but what has been important is that while many of us are homebound, none of us at TBO need be alone!

Lifelong Learning at TBO Fall 5781
Take exciting new steps on your journey of Jewish learning

Our Melton (Interactive Jewish Study) Classes
Continue Tonight!!!
Have you registered?

Come check out the Melton courses, taught by our clergy and educators. They are text-based, trans-denominational, intellectually stimulating, and the first session in December is FREE.  Courses are designed to inform and inspire adults from any and all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.  To support continuous improvement of their world-class curriculum, Melton courses have a fee.  Scholarships are available.
Join Rabbi for “Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism.”  Social justice is a response to suffering and indignity in our lives and the world that is different from a service response. This course draws from text and history to explore how social justice work goes beyond addressing immediate needs and looks at structural causes of injustice.  Want to get a taste first?  The first class from Thursday December 3rd,  was taped and is up on our Facebook page and on our YouTube Station.  Like what you see?  See Registration information below.
Get ready to sign up, starting in January: Join Rabbi, Cantor, and David Iskovitz for “Foundations of Jewish Family Living."  This course provides parents of all ages a small group opportunity to delve deeply into Jewish values and to learn how to share these values with their children of all ages. $220. 
A warm space to reflect on and develop Jewish beliefs, morals, and practices and to bring those to my personal and parenting life.” – TBO member
Our Melton courses are open to the public and hosted on Zoom.  Invite your friends and family to join us! You can forward ChaiLights from our FB page and tell them to look for the class links!

Please register at:  under “Journey of Jewish Discovery @ Temple B’nai Or.”  Scholarships to TBO members are available (contact

TBO Spirituality Workshop
Explore your spiritual journeys in a thoughtful, supportive environment
TBO Spirituality Workshop is a lay-led exploration and discussion of our personal experiences of spirituality in an inclusive and accepting environment. 
Our lay-led TBO Spirituality Workshops are being conducted on Zoom the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm. All are welcome to join, participate, and lead! For more information or to volunteer to lead a session, please email 
1/4:  Spirituality of Resolutions (tentative)
2/1:  The Mikveh:  Grief, Mourning, and Healing (Mary Fernandez)
3/1:  Spirituality of Happiness (tentative)
All programs will be on-line via Zoom.  Friendly tech support provided before and during programs.  Your Zoom links will be sent to you upon registration and at  If you know of someone who wants to join a session of TBO Spirituality Workshop and wants to call in because they do not use the internet,  please contact the office so we can contact them and give them a phone number to call instead.  Please register today!

Social Action/Volunteer Opportunities/
Social Activities

Zoom Room is the second Tuesday of the month with rotating independent programs on different topics.  Each one will be unique, so you can join just one, or as many as you like!   Register  today for future sessions.

Questions? email


WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2021 @ 1:00 Zoom Meeting
Dan Cassino
Associate Professor of Political Science
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Last year Dan.spoke to us about impeachment and how it related to our founders.  This year, Dan's topic will be America in 2050.  With politics being what it is today and the various trade wars and disruptions,  it will be interesting to see what he believes the United States will look like in 30 years!
Register Today!
So much happens at TBO, but it does not happen on its own. We have an amazing team of volunteers and we want you to join them!  Laura Mayer is our volunteer coordinator.  Laura has lived in Morristown for 42 years with her husband Bob. She and Bob have been members of TBO for 40 years. Laura has been on the sisterhood board twice, once as an officer.  She has 2 children who attended TBO religious school from kindergarten through high school. Laura has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and retired Feb. 2020. She enjoys hiking, walking, lifting weights, riding her bike and playing with their 3 grandchildren who live in Vermont and Florida. You can write her by clicking on her picture above.  Don't be surprised if you get a call from her, now that you have all been introduced!

Exciting News From nourish.NJ, which TBO is a part of.  nourish.NJ is proud to announce they have moved to a new location at 36 Sussex Avenue in Morristown after 25 years at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.  This new facility will allow them to expand their reach and meet the tremendous increase in demand for services caused by COVID-19. The nourish.NJ staff is excited for this ambitious new chapter!

Please visit the nourish.NJ's website by clicking here for more information.  If you would like to volunteer with TBO, please contact Nadine Milberg.

Other Temple-Wide Information
#Giving Tuesday And Beyond
 Todah Rabah, Thank you!  We had a tremendous response from our community (past, present and future) supporting our  first #GivingTuesday campaign.  We exceeded our goal of raising $18K! It is a great way to kick off our Year End Campaign.  Coming next week will be your invoices for those who owe money on your committments or purchases.  Everyone will get a letter inviting you to make a year end gift.  

Did you know that as a result of the CARES Act, you can itemize donations made up to $300 as a new above-the-line charitable deduction? Taxpayers who take the standard deduction on their 2020 tax return are eligible.

Other tips?

  • Always check with your tax advisor regarding this and other tax benefits available for making a donation to TBO.
  • Had a record year in the Markets? Stock donations take a few days to sell and generate the payout, so don't wait to the last minute.  
  • Checks need to be signed and postmarked no later than December 31, 2020 to be eligble as a donation for this tax year.
  • And credit card donations must be processed by December 31, 2020 as well.
Please make your generous gift today !  And if you want to do more than give money, join one of the fundraising committeess for upcoming fun projects that will help TBO be even stronger in 2021!  It is easy, write to Laura Mayer (remember, you met her a few lines above) and she will get you plugged in.  Tell her Barbara sent you!
Temple B'nai Or
Entry Procedures
As the risk in Morris County has risen to code Red, there is no entry to the Temple Building except for staff and pre-school students. If you need to pick up or drop off something at TBO, please contact the office to make arrangements.  Please do not come to the Temple building if you are sick or if you or a member of your household is under quarantine. Also, please consider downloading the COVID Alert NJ app onto your smartphone (free on both Apple and Google app stores).  It provides anonymous, automatic contact tracing so that if someone you have been near contracts COVID, you are contacted and know to self isolate.  We can all help slow the spread of COVID if we download this app today!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

You can help the Temple while you shop online. Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, designate Temple B'nai Or as the group you are proud to support,  and AmazonSmile donates to Temple B'Nai Or.  
Coping with quarantine restrictions and also taking care of your basic needs and your families is a challenge in itself during this pandemic.  Many families, regardless of their feelings about Amazon, are relying on their home delivery services, as shopping is so limited and often unsafe for many of us.  Every time you order from AmazonSmile (same thing as Amazon but through their philanthropic site), they will donate a portion of your order to TBO. There is no additional cost to you.  However, if we all sign up, it will add up to a nice pooled donation from all of us to our Temple. Simply remember to designate TBO as your charity of choice! Log into and select "Temple B'nai Or of Morristown."  Thank you, and stay healthy and safe!

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