Let me tell you a bit about myself. My husband Howie and I moved to Montclair twenty-eight years ago and recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have two young adult children – Danny and Jake – who both work and live in New York City. I recently retired from my job after thirty-one years as an executive with Nielsen – the company most famous for producing TV ratings. Howie is a law professor at Fordham Law School. I love to travel, play tennis, go to the theatre and am obsessed with Boston sports – especially the Red Sox. Continue reading
This is my final President’s Column. At the Annual Membership meeting on June 14 you will be voting in a new president; my term is complete. People always ask me what is hardest part of the job? What is the greatest?
The hardest part of the job of being President is being present. If you are not in the building, available to members, staff, parents, and board members, it is difficult to have meaningful discussions when someone wants to talk about synagogue business. If you do not attend ritual services or events, it is hard to encourage others. If you are not present, you do not meet people. But being present also meant deprioritizing other aspects of my life: friends, family, exercise, and sometimes my business. There are only so many hours in a day and I can not do it all. I do have to say, I am looking forward to getting my life back. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Zelenetz as the Office Administrator for Shomrei. She will be responsible for the overall management and day to day operations of the synagogue including supervising office staff, custodians, and volunteers.
Lisa comes to us with many years of experience working for Jewish institutions. Most recently, she was the administrator for Congregation Shaare Tefilah in Dallas, TX and was previously the executive assistant to the middle school principal at Solomon Schechter Day School in New Milford, NJ.
Lisa currently resides in Edison and is already involved in the Montclair community as a volunteer for the annual film festival.
Please join me in welcoming Lisa to the Shomrei community and I encourage you to stop by the office to meet her.
My family has two seder nights. We have almost the same menu since the time my Bubbe hosted Passover. I actually spent years trying to recreate her recipes since she did not write English (though spoke and read 7 languages) and they died with her. When my nieces and nephews were young, they wanted to know if this was a Jewish food holiday. If so, they knew they were getting to eat some foods that were only cooked once a year, or maybe twice, Rosh Hashana we have some repeats. Continue reading
As of today, the painting has been completed of the entire first floor. Tomorrow the new flooring is suppose to be delivered. The flooring has been the delay over the last two weeks. The manufacturer is in Georgia and due to the snow storms, the truck had problems coming up the East Coast. Installation is to begin on Tuesday and it will take approximately two business weeks.
After the floor is installed, we need to unpack the pods to move the furniture and supplies back. This will need as many volunteers as we can get. I hope many of you will be able to join. No date yet, but definitely will let everyone know. Continue reading
My new commute is to Prague. Some people commute to Manhattan; my commute is overseas. My business trips are usually two weeks, although there are times I am living in a city for a month. The great thing for me, living in an international city, is that I have the opportunity to develop friendships with local colleagues and learn about the culture and the history from their perspective. Continue reading
A core value of Shomrei Emunah is Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam. We describe this on our website as: We believe we have a responsibility to “repair the world” and commit ourselves to caring for the homeless, the hungry and those in need of loving kindness in our own congregation and beyond.
I am happy and excited to let you know the abatement has been completed and we received our Certificate of Occupancy. This means we can enter the building and have access to the second floor which includes the Sanctuary, Social Hall, and Gallery. On the first floor, the office will be open once agin for business.
In 1994, Dale Russakoff moved to Montclair with her husband, Matt Purdy, a reporter at the New York Times, and their two sons, Sam and Adam. She worked as a reporter for the Washington Post in their New York office. Soon after arriving in town, the Purdy/Russakoff family was greeted by Judy Post, Neal Yudkoff, and their daughter, Sunny, neighbors who live immediately behind them in their neighborhood. This connection was meaningful and reinforced the family’s interest in becoming part of the Shomrei community. They joined the synagogue, signing Adam up for the Shomrei nursery school. Dale remembers their first Rosh Hashanah in Montclair when she saw Neal addressing the congregation as its president. Participating in the services helped the family feel part of Shomrei. Continue reading
On Monday, January 8, a pipe burst in the first floor service closet at the rear of the synagogue. The damage to the YAC, Library, and Rabbi’s office was extensive especially to the floors. The water damage lifted the tiles and we discovered that the subfloor tiles contained non-fryable asbestos. Continue reading