D-Day and More

ddayoverlordToday, June 6, we mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

That battle was instrumental in saving the world from Nazi rule. Operation Overlord – as it was officially called- was too late for much of Europe’s Jewry but not too late for the rest of the world.

ddaystarJews played an important part as soldiers and translators. Over 4000 of the soldiers who stormed the beaches or provided support were Jews. Many died. They made up 4.2 percent of American forces, a larger percentage of Jews than in the overall population. Continue reading

MESH Report 6/4/19

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From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei welcomed a full house of 24 grateful guests this past Tuesday night.  Four additional hungry guests were given takeaway meals.  As we were about to say the motzi, one young woman raised her hand, stood up and said she would like to lead the blessing.  She proceeded to recite “Baruch Ata Adon…” and then in English, both with perfect precision, as she has heard each week at our cafe. My heart warmed at her sincerity.

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Herman Wouk: American Tolstoy

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Herman Wouk died on May 17, 2019 just 10 days before his 104th birthday. While never considered a “great” writer (whatever that means), his impact on the American literary scene and on America’s perception of the modern American Jew was profound. Continue reading

MESH Report 5/28/19

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From Captain Sarah Kravits:

It was a great day for vegetarians (and other fans of good food) on Tuesday night at the Carol Starr MESH cafe at Shomrei. Chef Arden Epstein made a delicious vegetarian meal starting with an appetizer of watermelon, mozzarella, tomato, and basil with pita chips; then moving on to a green salad with ranch dressing; featuring a main course of polenta with cheese served with black beans and corn and tortilla chips; and ending with refreshing ice cream sandwiches.

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Playground Bliss

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Congregation Shomrei Emunah and the Shomrei Preschool celebrated the opening of its new playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community event on Sunday, May 19th. The new playground features all new, state-of-the-art equipment amid a larger footprint. Continue reading

MESH Report 5/21/19

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From Captain Linda Ariel:

It was a lively evening at the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. It was a warm sunny evening, and the days were surely getting longer. We hosted 24 guests and were able to send four additional lucky people home with dinner.  Sarita Eisenberg was top chef with the many able assistants, Chaya Kotlowitz, Charles Steindel, and Sarah Steindel ably preparing a delicious and colorful feast. Jonah and Madeline were the teen volunteers who did anything and everything that was needed to help. Lou Hammerman pitched in as both a server and a pot washer par excellence.

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Vegan for All

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It seems like ages since I’ve shared recipes with the Shomrei community. Travel, Passover, Kiddush prep got in the way. Finally here are some new ones to try. By plan or coincidence they are all vegan friendly.

But first I must rhapsodize about the delicious paella I sampled in Barcelona. There are probably as many versions of paella as there are cooks. However, traditionally, paella is a mixture of seafood, poultry, perhaps sausage, and seasoned with saffron and other herbs and spices. It’s served over rice which often has green peas mixed in.  Not the dish for kosher or seafood avoidant diners.

But I had the most delicious asparagus and mushroom paella at a friendly restaurant on the beach. It was as good as any could have been, well-seasoned, easy on the eyes and the tongue.  What follows is an approximation of what I was served on that rainy evening by the sea. Continue reading

MESH Report 5/14/19

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From Captain Shirley Grill:

Tuesday night was a cold and rainy night–not your typical spring evening!  Because of the weather, we let our guests in early rather than have them wait outside in the rain.  We were fortunate that the meal was a spinoff from our wonderful Syrian meal the prior Friday, so much of the work was reheating and cutting and chopping for a fresh green salad and fruit salad.

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Jewish American Heritage Month 2019

heritage1It’s not as well- known as Black History Month (February) or National Hispanic Heritage Month (September), but there actually is a Jewish American Heritage Month and we are right in the middle of it.

It is annually proclaimed and published in the National Register. This year’s proclamation begins:

“As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.”

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