Adath Shalom Happenings

For more info, email
or call 
(973) 539-8549 and dial the desired extension when prompted:

Rabbi Rudin x110 
Cantor Lois x111
Marisa Bergman x120
Pam Jorlett  x121
Shari Hoffman x106
Juan Isaza x107
Carol Berman x108
Ilyssa Tepperman x104
Fax #973-539-4884 
Synagogue Office Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm
Friday 9am-1pm 
Adath Shalom
841 Mountain Way
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

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Mazal Tov to the Ackerman Family on Jessica and Mollie becoming Bnot Mitzvah
this Shabbat, September 16

Jessica is the daughter of Stefanie and Corey and sister to Mollie. She attends Randolph Middle School where her favorite subject is English Language Arts. When she grows up she would like to be an author.

To Jessica, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that she has become a Jewish adult and now can share her values and traditions with others. Jessica is proud to be a Jew because she has learned important traditions and values that are a part of her life. Her wish for the future is to have a happy and successful life.

For her mitzvah project, Jessica has been volunteering at The Friendship Circle. At her bat mitzvah, she would like Rabbi Rudin to continue to expand on her Torah portion and explain how people have different views on how to convey the Torah properly.

Mollie is the daughter of Stefanie and Corey and sister to Jessica. She attends Randolph Middle School where her favorite subject is Math. When she grows up she would like to be an engineer.

To Mollie, becoming a Bat Mitzvah means that she has learned the important values and traditions and will continue to learn more throughout her life. Mollie is proud to be a Jew because she has learned important traditions and values that she will pass on to future generations. Her wish for the future is to have a good life with happy and healthy friends and family.

For her mitzvah project, Mollie has been volunteering at The Friendship Circle. At her bat mitzvah, she would like Rabbi Rudin to talk about how to perform mitzvot as a Jewish adult.

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We want to wish a warm welcome to the following new Adath Shalom members:

Jonathan, Helene, Hani and Jessie Weiman

Robert, Lisa, Samantha, Alison and Julia Yellen

  We look forward to sharing many joyful celebrations!

The Adath Shalom family extends condolences to Michael and Beth Jones on the loss of Marcia Jones, mother of Michael, mother-in-law of Beth and grandmother of Matthew.  May the Jones family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Special Website Note: Check out Adath Shalom's Lifecycle Guide to life's hardest moments; knowing what to do when a loved one dies... visit here

D'var Torah
Parshat Nitzavim-VaYelech
Standing with Your People
The end of the Torah is a poignant and powerful image:
You are all standing this day before HaShem your G-d: your leaders, your judges, your tribes and officers: all the people of Israel... Your children, the immigrant and stranger in the camp from the hewers of wood to the drawers of enter into the Covenant with HaShem your G-d.  But not with you alone does G-d cut this Covenant, you who are standing here but also with those who are not here.
The Covenant extends both back and forward in time.  It was made not only with the generation of the Exodus but with all of us, past and future.  The Covenant  transforms us into an eternal people; we as a collective were in Egypt, at Sinai, with the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.  We wandered the wilderness.  We ascended to Jerusalem and built the Holy Temple.  And we saw that Temple go up in flames and suffered in exile.  We were in Babylon.  We were the ones who returned again to rebuild and live in peace for five hundred more years until that Temple also fell and the great empires of antiquity scattered us across the world. 
And we were there; in Spain, in Europe, Asia, in North Africa.  We braved the centuries, the times of peace, creativity and prosperity and the seasons of oppression and exile.  We rode the wings of storm to come to the New World. We passed through Auschwitz.  We rose again to return to our ancient land and stand once more a free people in Zion and Jerusalem.  We are not just a collection of individuals but a collectivity.  We are each one of us and each all of us. 
The Torah's final commandment, also in this double Parsha- last of the 613- encapsulates all of our identity: 
וְעַתָּה , כִּתְבוּ לָכֶם אֶת - הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת
Now write for yourselves this song
In other words, every Jew is obligated to write their own Torah scroll.  The Rabbis explain that this means not only to become a scribe but to contribute to the continuity of Torah by supporting communities of Torah: by becoming a living Torah, embodying the values and teachings that created us.
This incredible image: of becoming transformed into an eternal people where each of us is a fractal of all of us and all of is each of us, embodied in living Torah each through their own lives, their own precious uniqueness, is the final secret of the Torah. 
As we face days of remembrance: the unutterably tragic 16 year anniversary of 9/11 and of future challenges helping our country and people recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, let us draw strength from the eternal energy and renewal of the Covenant with G-d and the Torah that expresses it.  Let us be witnesses of hope, proclaimers of solidarity and exemplars of compassion, support and openness.   We stood at Sinai.  The world looks to us and we symbolize G-d's presence and the limitless potential of humanity for good.  Let us pray for one thing: to live the truth that we are and that we must be. 
L'shana Tova-

If you know someone who is in need of a prayer of healing, email misheberach requests to Rabbi Rudin at

Some Notes   from Cantor Lois
Shalom Haverim!

Please join us THIS SATURDAY EVENING, September 16, 2017 at 8pm. The evening begins with a Havdalah service, as we transition from Shabbat to our (not-so-regular) week before Rosh Hashanah. We will be inspired by the documentary film, Joachin Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, and then we will gather for our Selichot service. I look forward to sharing this special evening with all of you.  Here is a link to my English version of Bilvavi:
Wishing each and every one of you a meaningful preparation for the coming Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe).

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High Holiday Ushers are needed.  
For more information, email Michael Tajar
Upcoming Adath Shalom Services and Events
Friday, September 15
9:30am Shabbat Shapers
6:49pm Candle lighting
7:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, September 16 -   Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech
9:00am Shabbat Services - Bat Mitzvah
7:55pm Shabbat ends
8:00pm Selichot Service
Sunday, September 17
9:00am RS
9:00am Dive in and Daven: Short Learning Service
9:30am Writers Circle: Editing & Proofreading
9:30am Rosh HaShana Spiritual Preparation
12:15pm Writers Circle: Critiquing & Workshop
1:00pm All Synagogue Apple Picking (Club 345, Kadima, USY too!)
3:00pm Opening Kadima event - Baking for Good
Monday, September 18
6:30pm High Holiday chair set up
Wednesday, September 20 -   Erev Rosh Hashana office closes at 1:00 PM
6:40pmCandle lighting  
7:15pm Erev Rosh Hashanah service
Thursday, September 21 -   OFFICE CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
  No Religious School
  Rosh Hashana 5778
8:30am Rosh Hashanah services
9:15am Family Service with Marisa
10:15am Junior Congregation
Friday, September 22 -   OFFICE CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
  Rosh Hashana II
8:30am Rosh Hashanah Service
9:15am Family Service
10:15am Junior Congregation
4:15pm Rosh HaShana Greetings at Arbor Terrace
6:37pm Candle lighting
7:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, September 23 -   Parashat Ha'Azinu
  Shabbat Shuva
9:00am Shabbat Services
7:43pm Shabbat ends
Sunday, September 24
  Tzom Gedaliah
9:00am RS
9:00am Dive in and Daven: Short Learning Service
9:30am Writers Circle: Editing & Proofreading
9:45am Melton Core Class
10:00am Sharsharet planning meeting
10:30am Vision Team Sessions I-III
12:15pm Writers Circle: Critiquing & Workshop
Wednesday, September 27
6:45am Morning Minyan
1:00pm The Wandering Jew...
4:30pm Adult Hebrew Class
4:30pm Modern Hebrew
7:15pm Grief support group
Thursday, September 28
4:30pm RS
6:15pm A STEP Forward

For more information contact Ilyssa Tepperman at 







USY is Sukkah Hopping!

Our energetic USYers are looking to visit some of our Sukkot.  They would like to drop by for a short visit on Sunday afternoon, October 8th and promise to bring goodies to share with their hosts and leave the Sukkah nice and neat!  Support our USY teens, show off your Sukkah and add some Sukkot Simcha!  

RSVP to USY Advisor Michelle Sanders at 


Moishe House: Do you have a 20-something in your life?  Please share this newsletter from the Montclair Moishe House with them!  Great Jewish Connection, fun and really sweet, down-to-earth and awesome folks!

 To view September Newsletter, click here
For Your Consideration: 
Rabbi Natali Lestrager, who spoke at Adath Shalom last year,  spiritual leader of the Masorti synagogue in Kfar Vradim, northern Israel, shares her take on the role of the Western Wall in Jewish life and the recent struggles over the status of the different currents in Jewish practice vis a vie the Kotel (the Western Wall). Great background and a passionate plea for equality and unity: now more than ever... Worth watching: produced by an Israeli advocacy group working for pluralism and equality. watch?v=7FkWtRt2D_s

Dear Adath Shalom Families, Shalom!
As we continue to develop as a Beit Midrash, a place of Jewish learning, we need to institute changes and upgrades.   Now that a great deal of Jewish learning is available via the internet, we hope to place several workstations in our Beit Midrash/Library.   We also hope to add furniture making the Beit Midrash more inviting as a place to browse, read and engage with Jewish learning.   Finally, we plan to cull our library collection, many of whose books are no longer relevant to the needs of our congregation. 
Please feel free to stop in to browse and help yourself! 
Marisa Bergman                                                         Rabbi Moshe Rudin
Education Director

6:45am - 7:15am

Greet the dawn with a moment of connection, spirituality and energy: 
it's like a spa for your soul! 

And having a bagel or cup of healthy  yogurt afterwards 
ain't bad either!   
Donate Your Car To Adath Shalom

You've all heard the ads; "Donate you car" to various charities or causes that are so big that you're not sure if your donation even makes a difference.  Now you can "DONATE YOUR CAR TO ADATH SHALOM" and see how your donation makes a difference in your local Jewish community.  A simple phone call to 855-500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433 or completing this   online form starts the process.  Your vehicle will be picked up and processed. You receive a tax deductible receipt and Adath Shalom receives the proceeds.  




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