MESH Report Jan 7, 2020

image (2)From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

Tuesday evening we welcomed 21 grateful guests and wished everyone good health and improved circumstances in 2020. Chef Lynne planned a seasonal menu centered around a generous contribution of organic produce from Judy Wildman and Ken Bannerman including winter squash, potatoes, parsnips and cabbage.

image (5)First course was salsa and hummus with carrots, cucumbers and tortilla chips. The main dish included Sweet Orange Salmon (a Shomrei favorite) served with delectable Maple Roasted Kabocha, Acorn and Cinderella Squash and Roasted Baby Potatoes and Parsnips, accompanied by semi-homemade Cole Slaw and toasted buttered baguette. Dessert was cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and mini creme puffs. Cooking assistants were Beryl Hiller, Aileen Grossberg, Susan Rosenblatt and Shomrei teen, Jonah. As usual, Susan graciously pitched in with dish washing and pot scrubbing. MHS students, Jon, Jordana and Jahiaida, helped with setup, prep, serving and cleanup. MESH staffers Bonny and Joe made sure everything ran smoothly.

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Next week (1/14/20) we are looking for a Captain and a Cook. We already have our helper/server slots filled. And we have the following three weeks covered. Please consider signing up.

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Message from Co-chairs, Lynne & Aileen:  MESH is collecting blankets for its respite site that provides shelter on extremely cold nights. Contact Aileen (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or Lynne (email hidden; JavaScript is required) for further information.


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.

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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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