Spiritual Expression

Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner Tamid

Spirituality begins with Shabbat, thrives on Study and deepens with Social Action

Services at Ner Tamid are inclusive and participatory and feature an appropriate blend of prayers and songs you know and love, delicately combined with modern interpretations. Members and guests have come to appreciate the Reader’s Kaddish, chanted in a melody that evokes childhood memories—a traditional prayer that is often juxtaposed with the “Spiritual Mikveh,” a modern meditation that prepares one mentally to receive the gift of Shabbat.

Both men and women are invited to join in every aspect of our services. Children, even the very little ones, are welcome on the bima and always encouraged to participate. Service Leader Rena Morano has worked together over the years to add depth and dimension to the synagogue experience.

Our Shabbat and Holiday services include our familiar songs, prayers, and readings from the Torah. We raise our voices and multiply our spiritual energy as we sing the Mishebeirach prayer for healing for those who are ill and we compassionately support one another as we say the Kaddish prayer each Shabbat and each Yiskor memorial day for our loved ones who have passed on.

All members who wish to, are encouraged to take a turn at leading or co-leading all or part of a service. Members are also welcome to give a D’var Torah, a mini sermon, based on the week’s Torah portion, or to lead a discussion based on the Torah reading or other relevant and timely topics.

Both men and women are invited to join in every aspect of our services. Children, even the very little ones, are welcome on the bima and always encouraged to participate.

Throughout the year community members are invited to Shabbat services as guest speakers so that learning combines with spirituality on a regular basis.

Congregation Ner Tamid is a full service, year round congregation. Both Rabbi Barbara and Rabbinic Associate, Rena Morano, are available to perform Jewish life cycle events including baby naming ceremonies, weddings, renewal of vows, and Jewish funerals and unveilings at all local cemeteries including Skyway’s “Garden of Abraham.”

Synagogue services at Ner Tamid are so much more than being “schlepped to shul.” Your synagogue home sets a place for you at the “family table,” where you can play an active part in celebrating Shabbat and Holiday festivities.

  • Would you like to lead a prayer service or your favorite prayer?
  • Do you want to try a D’var Torah (a short sermon)?
  • Would you like to take a role in a dramatic reading?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to sing your favorite tunes? Is there a favorite prayer, psalm or blessing you would like to include on Shabbat or holidays?
  • Not too sure of your Hebrew, but you’d like to participate anyway?
  • Are you interested in experiencing fresh approaches to prayer and ritual?

Ner Tamid is open to your suggestions, ideas, and joyful participation.

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