2017 Annual Meeting Report


The 2017 Annual Meeting of Congregation Shomrei Emunah occurred last night, May 24th, 2017.  Members voted on a number of items including the budget and election of new members of the Board of Trustees.

Results of the meeting:

  • 2016 annual meeting minutes were approved as submitted.
  • The new slate of officers and trustees was approved as submitted.
  • Special thanks to outgoing board members David Kanegis, Deb Caplan and Michael Farbiarz. Also, Marc Chalom, VP of Buildings and Grounds is stepping down from his position. Thank you for 15 years of taking care of the building!
  • Amendment to the bylaws to change date of annual meeting was approved as submitted.
  • The 2017-18 budget was approved as submitted.

Meeting Packet which includes an overview of the past year, bios of new Trustees, and budget summary.

Welcome to New Board Members

Fern at board meetingYasher koach to the 2016-17 Board of Trustees and thank you to outgoing Board members – Recording Secretary David Kanegis, Trustees Michael Farbiarz and Debra Caplan. Replacing them are Beryl Hiller, Meredith Lopez and Dan Winter.

Yasher koach to Marc Chalom, who is stepping down as Vice President for Building and Grounds. Marc will continue on the Board as a Trustee.

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Keeping Shomrei Safe


Over the last few months, there has been increased threats against Jewish institutions that has heightened the security awareness in our community.

Shomrei has always taken security seriously and last year had a security assessment conducted by the Montclair Police.

At the March Board of Trustees meeting security was the main topic on the agenda. A Security Committee, which had been established last month, has been charged with bringing forward a recommendation for long term strategy and implementation. In the meantime, monies were approved for some immediate actions. Continue reading

Meet Pam Golden, Nominee for Treasurer

Pam GoldenFollowing my marriage to Murray Slovick in May 2010 at Shomrei, it was clear that we wanted to become part of this special community. While it took two years for us to finally make the move to West Orange, once we did, we promptly joined the synagogue. I was honored to be asked to join the board last year and the experience has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

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New, Improved Payment System

New Improved Payment System

For some time we’ve been working on a new easy-to-use payment system for Shomrei. No matter which dues model is adopted by the membership vote on May 27 (the existing Dues/Kol Nidre pledge model or the proposed Sustaining Share model), we’re launching the new payment system which includes payment over time options! The new system puts a premium on ease of use, clarity, convenience and automatic reminders. We’re contracting with an industry leader, FreshBooks (FreshBooks.com) to provide a secure, on-line (and postal mail) system that does not require login.

The new system will debut with our new fiscal year starting June 1, 2015. You will receive an invoice by email or postal mail shortly thereafter, and you can then pay by check or credit card, online or via postal mail.  It’s configured to your preference. Continue reading

An Historic Moment For Shomrei

Nick Levitin Makes IntroductionsGood News!

After two years of development and discussion within our community, the Board of Trustees voted last Thursday to recommend that Shomrei adopt a progressive new “Sustaining Share” system of membership, which would reinvent the way we define and think about synagogue membership. Now it is your turn. At the annual meeting taking place on Wednesday, May 27, the model will be put to a full congregational membership vote.

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Considering the Sustaining Share Model for Shomrei: FAQs

heinig_frenWhat is Shomrei considering doing?

Shomrei is considering changing from a one-size-fits-all “dues-paying” membership model to one in which congregants make a voluntary pledge of a contribution of their own choosing. Congregants would be guided by transparent information regarding the amount it takes to sustain the synagogue on a per person basis (the “Sustaining Share”).

In addition to a voluntary financial commitment, congregants would be asked to pledge the number of hours they would be willing to volunteer at the synagogue. Again, they would be guided by information regarding the number of volunteer hours it takes to sustain Shomrei on a per person basis. Continue reading

The Board at Work

board at work_600Here’s what we’re up to!

We’re envisioning, we’re dreaming.  We’re working hard to explore the core of what we do as a synagogue and make it a more reachable, engaging and inspiring place.  Here are some of the initiatives we’ve started to explore.  Dream with us!  What do we aspire to be as a community?

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