Mesh Cafe April 7, 2015

MESH Apr 7 2015Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

Another full house of 20 guests at the MESH Cafe at Shomrei. The majority have become weekly regulars who enthusiastically applaud when the menu is announced.

Tonight we served a Kosher for Passover feast prepared by Aileen Grossberg. Vegetable soup started the meal, followed by the main course of chicken with duck sauce and dried fruit. The entree included roasted cauliflower, carrots and kale sprouts and a KP couscous pilaf with mushrooms. Cole slaw with craisins and matzah and margarine rounded out the main course. Dessert included fresh fruit salad with an assortment of cookies, macaroons and a taste of Aileen’s homemade mandel brot.

Helpers were Bernardo Breziner, Sierra Wendeborn, youth volunteers Sam, Noa, and Rachel and our MSU student, Stacey.

We realized that we had numerous unopened boxes of matzah that we would never finish before the holiday is over, so we asked our guests “who would like to take some matzah?” Twelve hands shot up in the air and we gave away twelve pounds of matza to some very grateful people.

A special treat towards the end of the evening was a surprise visit by Jaime Drescher! Jaime is an MSU alum who continued to help out at Shomrei’s MESH Cafe for several years until her full time job got in the way.

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Lynne Kurzweil

Lynne Kurzweil

Lynne is a long-time Shomrei Congregant.She is co-chair of Shomrei's MESH Cafe (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) which provides a hot dinner and respite for homeless individuals every Tuesday night. She is a registered dietitian and lives in Montclair with her husband, Lanny.
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