MESH Report Sept 10, 2019

MESH cafe logoFrom Captain Aileen Grossberg:

On a beautiful late summer night, the Carol Starr MESH Cafe began another year of serving good, hearty meals to the area’s food insecure population.

Many of our guests have been to Shomrei before and were very happy to be back. There are also some new faces.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had a very light crew but in true Shomrei tradition, we performed admirably.

Arden Epstein led the kitchen crew in a menu put together by Lynne Kurzweil. Our 22 guests applauded when they heard the menu: hummus, maple and mustard glazed salmon, corn on the cob, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, delicious fresh fruit salad consisting of blueberries, strawberries and cantaloupe and a chocolate chip cookie. Arden was ably assisted by Aileen Grossberg and teen Jonah.

Gwen Ames came by to lend a hand. We also have two new intern/chaplains in training Lucy Segal and George James.

We were happy to welcome the security team of Joe Tyson and Tevin Padilla.

Despite a few challenges, we are off to a great start.

With few exceptions, the signup sheet is wide open. Please check your schedules and make this the year you will help out with MESH! Pick a date, sign up and show up and we will help you see how rewarding this experience is!


About MESH:

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

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Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg, a professional librarian, is a long-time congregant and serves as volunteer librarian for Shomrei's Lampert Library. The library, one of the best-kept secrets at Shomrei is used by the Rabbi, congregants, students and teachers of the JLC (Hebrew School) and Preschool. It's a tremendous resource completely supported by your donations and gifts. Aileen also heads the Shomrei Caterers, the in-house food preparation group. Can there be any better combination…good food and good books!
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