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

The Other King and Queen of Purim!

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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!

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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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We Were All Refugees

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The story of Passover is a story Jewish refugees.  HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) has put together a downloadable 2017 Haggadah supplement which brings home the parallels at this special time of the year.

Hat-Tip to Meredith Lopez, Shomrei Emunah Refugee Committee

Throughout our history, violence and persecution have driven the Jewish people to wander in search of a safe place to call home. We are a refugee people. At the Passover Seder, we gather to retell the story of our original wandering and the freedom we found. But we do not just retell the story. We are commanded to imagine ourselves as though we, personally, went forth from Egypt – to imagine the experience of being victimized because of who we are, of being enslaved, and of being freed. Continue reading

Michael Tizhgarten, Bar Mitzvah

MICHAEL TIZHGARTENHello, my name is Mike Tizhgarten, and I would like to tell you a little bit about me. My parents are Mila and Roman Tizhgarten. I am in the 9th grade. I enjoy hanging out with friends, riding my bike and drawing. My favorite subject in school is Biology and I enjoy activities and sports such as soccer, badminton, chess and playing the violin. I also like collecting “Lokai” Bracelets. Continue reading

Shomrei Honors Rich Epstein and Susan Lazev

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Rich Epstein and Susan Lazev are dedicated to providing for Shomrei’s current needs as well as those in the future. Both Rich and Susan have truly made a difference in many areas of our congregation.

Rich served as President of Shomrei from 2012 to 2014. As President, he worked tirelessly to put Shomrei on a firm financial footing by thinking large and paving the way for some daring decisions. He laid the foundation of the 20/20 Committee which recomended a new voluntary dues model for our membership. He was instrumental in the creation of the Shomrei Second Century Campaign, an endowment fund safeguarding the synagogue’s future. Rich spearheaded the creation of the Accounts Receivable Committee which succeeded in creating a secure financial footing for the synagogue.
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Meet Ilana Knopfelmacher

IlanaIlana was born in Israel and moved to New York City when she was 12 years old.  Her parents owned a chocolate store in Queens.  After graduating college, she moved back to Israel where she married and seven years later she returned to the US.  Ilana studied computer programming and worked for the Bank of New York doing report writing before retiring in 2008.  She has lived in Nutley for the last twenty years.  She is an active member and the Bulletin Editor of Hadassah of Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley.  Ilana enjoys attending the Israel Cinema Cafe with her good friend and Shomrei member, Gilda Schwartz.

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Meet the Stocks

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Welcome to Shomrei!

Gail and Ian Stocks relocated their empty nest this past year to Montclair. They love all this town has to offer, already volunteering to put up our Sukkah at Shomrei, while also volunteering with local organizations here like Outpost in the Burbs and Bike and Walk Montclair.

Gail is a pediatric occupational therapist at the Phoenix Center, and Ian is a managing director at Tradeweb. Their daughter, Shannon, attends the speech-language pathology graduate program at New York Medical College. Their son, Collin graduated The Cooper Union with a degree in electrical engineering and currently works as lead engineer at Spincar.

But mostly you are likely to find Gail and Ian walking their dog, Cozi throughout every park in this  beautiful town!

We are delighted that Gail & Ian are now members of the Shomrei family!

Meet the Sags

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Welcome to Shomrei!

Michael and Lindsey Sag moved to Montclair more than seven years ago, just before the arrival of their daughter, Jordan. They were drawn to Montclair and subsequently Shomrei by Lindsey’s brother, David Brooks and his family. In addition to Jordan, a second grader at the Charles H. Bullock school, they have a four year old son, Noah, who attends Park Street Academy. Lindsey and Michael are both theatre managers, who have worked on plays and musicals on Broadway, off-Broadway, in the Berkshires and all the way to China. In their spare time, they love to have dance parties in their living room.

We are delighted that Michael, Lindsay, Jordan, & Noah are now members of the Shomrei family!