Congregation Ner Tamid was founded in 1974 by a dedicated group of 30+ families wanting to establish a Reform synagogue in Las Vegas. In the beginning, we met in homes, churches and at UNLV; High Holidays were held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In the early 1980s, we acquired land on Emerson Avenue, built a social hall and classrooms, and later expanded to add a beautiful sanctuary.
In 1988, Rabbi Sanford Akselrad became the rabbinic leader of the congregation and brought with him a vision that foresaw a place of "living Torah." New programs and activities quickly followed to embrace this vision. Over the years, the temple experienced a period of rapid growth, paralleling the dramatic growth in the Las Vegas valley. From a small congregation of 60 - 80 families in 1988, Congregation Ner Tamid now comprises a membership of over 650 families making it the largest Reform synagogue in Nevada. Despite the temple's size, the congregation has always maintained a warm sense of intimacy and member involvement.
CNT has committed itself to being a spiritually uplifting community that seeks always to be involved with service to others. In addition to it's own programs and activities, CNT continually works with other local synagogues, churches and organizations to do everything from helping homeless families get back on their feet to helping inform the community via political forums as well as speakers from Israel and around the U.S. who speak on national and international topics.
CNT has been active in starting new programs for the community, including Interfaith programs on Chanukkah, Passover and the High Holydays; A Taste of Judaism class introducing Judaism to people, Jews and non-Jews, wanting to know more about the Jewish religion; a community-wide Yom HaShoah observance commemorating those who died in the Holocaust; and important support resources for the community, including 12-Step Programs, Parent/Teen Support, and a Caregivers Support Group.
In 2001, our Board of Trustees embarked on a major capital campaign and began creating a new campus and learning center to meet our growing needs. On October 9, 2005, CNT broke ground on the new campus offering the Jewish community a unique vision of Judaism by creating The Greenspun Campus for Jewish Life, Learning and Spiritual Renewal.
On February 25, 2007, Congregation Ner Tamid dedicated its new home as 1,000 people attended the Service of Dedication. The morning began with a Torah Walk moving the Torahs from their temporary home at King David Memorial Chapel to their new location at 55 N. Valle Verde Drive in Henderson, NV.
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