Minyan at Home

A short, intimate service (Ma’ariv, evening service) held midweek on Wednesday evening in the informal atmosphere of a member’s home.

Please join us and invite your friends and neighbors to come along.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the minyan at home service is held at the home of Merrill & Andy Silver.  We’d like to schedule additional weeks for the minyan at home service.  Please contact Marge in the office (email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 973-746-5013 #1) if you would like to host a minyan in your home.

To find the next minyan at home service, check the Shomrei Services Calendar

Services for Everyone

Shomrei offers a variety of religious services, and we encourage you to seek out those that appeal to you. Our services involve a spirited and engaging mode of worship, traditional in liturgy, fully egalitarian, embracing songs and melodies from a range of sources and backgrounds, and highly democratic: shul members participate at every step, often leading the way. Through practice and study we strive to experience ritual as accessible, meaningful and enriching.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Kabbalat Shabbat service, 6:30 pm
Put aside the pressures of the work week and usher in Shabbat like with this song-filled service led by Rabbi Greenstein.

Taste of Shabbat, 6:00 or 6:30 pm, Hosted by a Shomrei member in their home or in the Youth Activity Center (YAC)
Taste of ShabbatTaste of Shabbat combines our Kabbalat Shabbat service with a potluck dairy and vegetarian supper. It’s a fantastic, cross-generational and family-friendly opportunity to schmooze with friends, meet new members of the synagogue, welcome the Sabbath and enjoy a bounty of good food.
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Mah Hadash (What’s New)?

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There are so many new things this time of year. The school year begins, the kids are in new grades with new teachers, new classmates and new experiences. Rosh Hashana, our New Year, gives us pause to reflect on the past and jump into the new.

On the one hand, as a parent of three school-age children and a baby, the beginning of the year causes me some anxiety… do we have the right school supplies, shoes that fit, clothing that is deemed fashionable (by my kids), can we get back into a routine, do I really have to make lunches and pack backpacks and how challenging will getting up and ready for work and getting the kids out the door be?!

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Hinei Mah Tov Reenergized!

Allison Fishman Task (and assistants) will Chair Hinei Mah Tov programming.

This summer, we have made two significant changes toward a new and reenergized Hinei Mah Tov (HMT) service for the coming year.

I am excited to announce that congregant Allison Fishman Task has volunteered to chair the HMT Committee and will work with me and our HMT families to continue to develop the nachas (gratification), simcha (spirit) and ruach (joy) of HMT services. Please be in touch with Allison (email hidden; JavaScript is required) if you would like to help her develop, plan or host any upcoming HMT services.

Another exciting development: this summer we hired guitarist Mitch Radler as our song leader and JLC music teacher.

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High Holy Day Services Open to Guests and Non-Members, No Charge. (but please RSVP)

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Shomrei’s High Holy Day services are open to anyone.  There is no charge but space is limited, please RSVP (if you are not a member) at shomrei.org/awe. Childcare services are also available.

Schedule Highlights:
Sun, Sep 13, Erev Rosh Hashanah, 6:30 pm
Mon, Sep 14, Rosh Hashanah, Day 1, 8:45 am
Tue, Sep 15, Rosh Hashanah, Day 2, 8:45 am
Tue, Sep 22, Kol Nidre, 6:20 pm
Wed, Sep 23, Yom Kippur, 9:00 am

A full service schedule is also available.

These are the days when all doors are open: the doors of prayer, song, meditation and silent introspection, of family, friendship and solitude, of exploration, seeking and of solace, of joy, pride and humility and awe, of acceptance and forgiveness and love. Continue reading

Selling Hametz

breads_2If possible, all hametz – food not acceptable during Pesah (Passover), or materials containing such unacceptable food – should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins.

Should this be impossible, the hametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership, and the ownership of the space in which it is stored, is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends.

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Yoga for the Jewish Spirit

yoga_masthead5Our Shabbat Yoga practice is an ideal way to pause in our often hectic lives to rest and re-center ourselves. By slowing down, we become open to experiencing our body, mind and soul as one.

All levels are welcome. No previous yoga experience is required. Please wear comfortable clothes.

Elisa Spungen Bildner, a registered yoga instructor certified by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, will lead our yoga sessions.

To find the Yoga for the Jewish Spirit, check the Shomrei Services Calendar

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Monthly Healing Service

hands_600Shomrei holds a Healing Service on the last Monday evening of every month. This service combines traditional and non-traditional elements of prayer, mindfulness, song, story, discussion and silence for those in our community who are coping with physical, emotional and spiritual health issues and for those who are in caring relationships with people who are in that situation.

Please tell your friends and neighbors.

To find the next healing service check the Shomrei Services Calendar