Book Club: If All The Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan

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For May, the book is “If All the Seas Were Ink” by Ilana Kurshan, a 2017 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies. We will meet on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 at the synagogue.

“In this deeply personal and often hilarious story, Kurshan shows us how the Talmud’s thousands of strange and demanding pages become a conversation about how best to live one’s life in an imperfect world. Kurshan awakens us to our imperfect world’s hidden magnificence―and to the power of literature to inspire human resilience. A stunning, gorgeous memoir.” ―Dara Horn, author ofThe World to Come
“With this memoir, Ilana Kurshan enters the exclusive club of daf yomi learners, a club that was, for generations, restricted to men. Hers is a stunningly original voice in the world of Torah and the world of literature. Go run and read this book.” ―Ruth Calderon, author of A Bride for One Night

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Introducing Lisa Zelenetz, Shomrei Office Administrator


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 joins Shomrei on Monday, April 23 and her email is email hidden; JavaScript is required

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.

An Uplifting Evening – A Photo Gallery


How do you really fix a broken pipe?  You get together with a hundred and thirty of your friends and focus on something that matters! Such was the case last Saturday night as Shomrei honored Dale Russakoff and the volunteers of the Mensch Squad and IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network). (See the lists of all honorees below).  Dale co-chairs Shomrei’s chapter of IHN and she leads the Mensch Squad. Continue reading

Book Club: Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

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The Shomrei Book Club will meet on Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Three Floors Up” by Eshkol Nevo, a best -seller in Israel.  Set in an upper-middle-class apartment building in Tel Aviv, the story entwines the diverse lives of several residents.  Please join us, bring a friend or partner, and help us explore the dimensions of this novel.


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Musicians ages 10-110 wanted!


It is difficult to believe that Purim is just around the corner. The Megillah reading will be WEDNESDAY EVENING FEBRUARY 28 which means the Chanuka Simcha Band morphs into the PURIM SIMCHA BAND that evening.

We are scheduling one rehearsal on SUNDAY FEB. 11 beginning at 10:00 and ending at approximately 11:00. If we need a second rehearsal (due to snow, building problems, sickness, or just because we really need more practice), we will meet again on SUNDAY FEB. 25 at 10-11:00.  (We are keeping the holiday weekend free – NO rehearsal Presidents’ weekend).
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Photo Gallery: Shomrei Preschool Has a Temporary Home

President Fern Heinig visiting preschoolers at their temporary "digs".

President Fern Heinig visiting preschoolers at their temporary “digs”.

Due to emergency reconstruction at Shomrei as a result of a recent burst pipe (and flood), Shomrei preschool has relocated temporarily to Temple Sholom in Cedar Grove. From reports by Fern and the Rabbi who visited today,  the kids are having as much fun as ever!

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Pipe Bursts at Shomrei

An army of dryers and wet vacs

An army of dryers and wet vacs

Shomrei suffered a burst pipe midday yesterday and considerable flooding ensued.  The YAC, library, back hallway and Rabbi’s office suffered water damage, some of it considerable.

Early this morning, a water damage restoration company began work to isolate the damage and stabilize the situation.

The building, including the preschool is currently closed. The date of reopening will be determined after a complete assessment of the damage.

Shomrei President, Fern Heinig has been personally overseeing the work since this morning.

Look for updates from Executive Director, Marge Wise and Education Director, Heather Brown in your email regarding status and contingency plans.

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