If you can read music or carry a tune, if you have a song in your heart and an instrument in your house, if you have previously played in the band or are joining us for the first time, the multi-generational Hanukkah Simcha Band welcomes you! Shomrei’s Annual Hanukkah Party is on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 PM. The latkes, the communal lighting of our many Hanukkiyot (menorahs) and the Simcha Band are traditions at our synagogue! Continue reading →
About 250 people gathered at Shomrei for the second annual “Concert for Eric” a tribute to Eric Singer z”l. This year’s concert entitled “Bountiful Brass – From Bach to Bernstein” featured Montclair Chamber Brass: Don Batchelder, Chuck Bumcrot, Anthony Mazzocchi, Jeff Scott and Kyle Turner. Continue reading →
This past Shabbat the worst attack on Jews in American history took place. Many of us were stunned, horrified, angered and grief stricken. What does one do in such a circumstance?
One answer was provided by our rabbi and our community: Congregation Shomrei Emunah co-sponsored a vigil along with congregations Bnai Keshet and Temple Ner Tamid.
Unfortunately, due to the late hour of the email notice that went out to the congregation about the vigil (it could not be sent out earlier because of Shabbat) there were few Shomrei members in attendance. How I wished our congregants could have been there for this special evening – a chance to come together to share our pain and find comfort in one another’s embrace. Having spoken to a number of our congregants, I know many wished they could have attended.
There was a little purring, some excited barking, some energetic wrestling, and a little bit of growling. On a brisk Sunday afternoon, some of Shomrei’s 4-legged members and their 2-legged friends showed up for Shomrei’s “Pets Are a Blessing” event on the lawn. Conducted and organized by Morah Lily and Rabbi Greenstein, activities included photos in front of a “step and repeat” wall, art projects, cookies, juice and some discussions about the way in which our pets are a blessing in our lives.
The Shomrei Preschool PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) ran a fundraiser at Cyclebar as part of a series of upcoming events in support of the new playground. Cyclebar, a cycling studio in Montclair, let us fill a private class with our fundraising parents, alumni and staff. We also sold 60 custom t-shirts prior to the ride that raised additional funds. Continue reading →
As you may have heard, Shomrei Preschool is in need of a new playground! We’re hoping through a few fundraising efforts this year, we can work together to raise money to break ground as soon as possible.
It is a mitzvah to listen to the shofar on Rosh Hashanah (hence the alternative name Yom Teruah, Day of the [Shofar] Blowing). We were helped to fulfill that mitzvah this year by preschool parent, Elana Slobodien.
For two decades, Shomrei has been lucky to have Yechiel Felder perform this beautiful mitzvah for the community. This year he’s stepped-down from this task. We are all very grateful to Yechiel for his many years of Shofar blowing. Yasher Koach Yechiel! Continue reading →
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 →
Purim is a family enterprise in the Breslin Household. For the last 3 years Nancy Breslin has been the organizer behind the Purim Carnival and for the last 2 years Charlie has taken on the daunting task of organizing the Shalach Manot JLC fundraiser.
The carnival is a mammoth undertaking. There is a myriad of logistics to stress over — organizing games, arranging rentals of bouncy houses and photo trucks, ordering hundreds of prizes, schlepping 40 boxes of pizza and a car full of other goodies from Costco, just to name a few. Also there’s enlisting the help of and organizing scores of other volunteers.
And Nancy juggled all the balls without dropping any!
About 30 men from the wider Shomrei Community (Congregants and Preschool Dads) attended the 1st “Beer. Bourbon. Bonfire” evening on the lawn at Shomrei. The evening cooled down and the weather was perfect.