2016 - Our Fifteenth Year and a New Location

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Imagine a Jewish house of worship that truly feels like home . . . this is Congregation Ner Tamid. We are a group of friends, but we are so much more. We are a family.

Twice a month, our family meets in Bradenton for a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat worship service and for its innovative Shabbat At Table family dinner and short service. With the superb leadership of our Steering Committee and rabbinic associate, Rena Morano, and advice and counsel from Rabbi Barbara Aiello, we also celebrate all the major holidays from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Hanukkah, from Tu B'shevat to Purim and Passover. We do this with meaningful participatory services combined with festive parties which all add up to a feeling of togetherness rarely experienced in synagogue life.

But that’s not all. Our family extends a helping hand into the community with volunteer projects that include work with migrant families, cancer patients, and homeless people, just to name a few. The Congregation Ner Tamid family makes regular contact with those who are ill and we bring Yiddishkeit to those who cannot leave their homes. They are our family, too.

Our younger family members attend our education program which is held twice a month.  In addition to projects relating to Jewish culture and tradition, our children can prepare to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah and have a whole lot of fun in the process. Then, after Bar and Bat Mitzvah (are you sitting?) our teens return!  The older members of our family can get an education too, ranging from adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation, to Hebrew language classes, adult study groups in Jewish history, and conversion classes as well.

  • Recent Events

  • Understanding Current Events in Israel: A Discussion with Hana Robbins – November 13 2015 On November 13, Congregation Ner Tamid member Hana Robbins led a spirited discussion about the current events in Israel, specifically the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and provided historical context for the events of today.Hana Robbins was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. She served in the Israeli Army in the Reali Military Academy, the first cadet academy established by Ben Gurion. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, a Bachelor of Hebrew Studies from Spertus College,and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from The Technion.
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 5:57 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 24, 2015 On April 24, 2015, Ner Tamid member and Holocaust survivor Al Bottner addressed an intimate group who were enthralled by his account of a childhood spent in the dark, cold, silent basement of a convent, along with sixty other children, close to the German border. Al, his sister, and his parents eventually made their way to new lives in Canada. We thank Al for his courage and graciousness in sharing his story.Al's story, in his own words: Al's BiographyMagazine story about Al's experience: How did you survive the war, Daddy?
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 4:16 PM by Lee Manevitch
  • Shalom Y'all! Question: How do Southern Jews say hello? Answer: Shalom Y’all! On Saturday, March 21st, an enthusiastic crowd engaged in a fascinating discussion about Jewish life in the Southern USA after screening the documentary, “Shalom Y’All.” The film chronicles the Jewish experience in the South, from early immigration, through the Civil Rights movement, until today, featuring interviews with an African American – Jewish Chief of Police, a 92 year old former hat salesman, and Andrew Young, among others. The discussion that followed the film was every bit as interesting as the film itself, as people shared their own experiences of being Jewish in the South. Joe Masterson, a native of New Orleans, and his wife, Sue, from Knoxville, offered perspectives ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2015, 3:07 PM by Lee Manevitch
  • Purim 2015 - Jews and Kangaroos For our Purim celebration this year, we packed the house - we had many new faces and plenty of familiar ones as well. After a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Barbara Aiello, we were led in an audience-participation version of the Purim spiel by Rena Morano. But the highlight of the evening was the Ner Tamid Players presenting a play researched and written by Rabbi Barbara about the jewish history and presence in Australia, entitled "Is There Yiddishkeit Down Under?"
    Posted Mar 7, 2015, 10:21 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Veterans Day 2014 Our service honored veterans past and present, with a special focus on the one million Jews who have served in the US military since Asher Levy in 1654. Rabbinic Associate Rena Morano presented a moving program, including a presentation of Portraits of Sorrow, featuring Jewish Americans who died in recent service. Guest Speaker, retired Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow shared the story of her non­profit, Heaven On Earth 4 Verterans (www.heavenonearth4veterans.org). Carol was one of the first women first admitted to West Point. She continues to make a difference by helping homeless veterans rebuild their lives by providing homes for them to live in cooperatively. Her non­profit organization purchases, re­stores and fully furnishes homes that offer ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 7:24 AM by Lee Manevitch
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Recent Articles

  • Teaching Children About Death and Dying Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate, Congregation Ner TamidAs the Rabbinic Associate for Congregation Ner Tamid, I am frequently called upon to officiate at funerals and memorial services. At a recent ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:23 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from The Tree Bradenton Volunteer Follows in His Mother’s Footsteps David Jacobson comes by it honestly – volunteering, that is. And nothing proves that point more effectively than the fact that in May ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 9:41 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Pluralistic Judaism By Rabbi Barbara Aiello The number of Jews worldwide is declining, synagogue membership is at a new low and denominational differences that often result in synagogue snobbery have driven many ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 9:41 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Why Should My Child Have a Bat or Bar Mitzvah Celebration? By Rena Morano, Rabbinic Associate and Education Director of Congregation Ner Tamid, Bradenton I have six brothers, and I remember the excitement that surrounded each Bar Mitzvah. I watched proudly ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 9:41 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Spiritual Expression 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 ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 5:15 PM by Lee Manevitch
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“We are a full-service year-round congregation.”

Past events we have held:

  • Veterans Shabbat with Guest Speaker
  • “Embracing Our Differences” Art Walk • Featured Jewish News July 2014  Click here...
  • Ner Tamid at Our Daily Bread
  • Passover Seder
  • Featured article on Shabbat at Table...
  • Passover Workshop 
  • Tu B’Shevat Seder Tasting
  • Deli Dinner
  • Italian Dinner and Italian Bingo - “Tombola”
  • Purim Brunch and Spiel “The Jews of Ireland”

People Are Talking About Ner Tamid

“From the time I moved to Israel until I had school-age children I barely set foot inside a synagogue of any kind.
When we decided it was time to shop around it became evident that Congregation Ner Tamid was the right place for us.
And that’s not just because of Rena, Elaine and the other committee members; it’s because of each and every one of you
who have welcomed us and made us feel at home. So thank you to all the members of Ner Tamid for affirming to us
during each congregation event that we made the right choice.”

Lee M. at the Bar Mitzvah of his son

Special Events

  • High Holidays 2016 High Holidays AdHigh Holidays Flyer andRegistration FormIt's not too early to start thinking about the High Holidays!Service DateTime Rosh HashanahOctober 310 AM ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:14 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • Passover Seder - Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 5:30 PM Passover Seder with Congregation Ner TamidAffordable, entertaining, warm family atmosphereEnjoy a gourmet Passover menu featuring beef brisket from Mattison's, and an interactive seder experience led by Rabbinic ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2016, 5:31 AM by Lee Manevitch
  • December 11 2015 – Chanukah Around the World Friday Dec. 11, 6:30 pm: Chanukah Around the World with Rabbi Barbara AielloQuestions: Where in the world is it the tradition to build Chanukah menorahs out of sand ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 6:22 AM by Lee Manevitch
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