From Captain Sarah Kravits:
This past Tuesday night, 24 guests came out of the wind and found a warm welcome and a hot meal ready for them at the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei.
Cooks Barbara Lesser and Carolyn Lack put together a delicious dinner of tomato soup and bread, roasted tilapia with butter sauce, house made cole slaw, roasted farm fresh fall root vegetables and squashes, and banana nut bread and pineapple, with some able on-the-spot assistance from Aileen Grossberg.
Bonny and Adrienne kept the night moving right along from the MESH side. Captain Sarah Kravits and a big team of teens — Imogen and Claire from the Montclair HS Key Club; Margarita, Andee, Ravon, CJ, and Jonathan from MSU; Kendall from West Orange HS; and Shomrei teens Louis and Amalia — handled cooking, serving, and cleaning tasks in the kitchen and the dining room.
The guests were most appreciative of the delicious meal and there wasn’t a bite left over! A special shout-out to Judy Wildman and Zelda Greenstein for donating a CSA-share-worth of farm fresh fall vegetables — they made a beautiful side dish tonight.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches. Volunteers at each institution cook and serve hearty, nutritious meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. A good meal, and perhaps as important, social interaction and companionship offer respite to those who need it. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering.
To sign up to help, go to shomrei.org/mesh.