MESH Report 4/16/2019

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Report from Captain Shirley Grill:

It was a cool spring evening and spirits were high in keeping with the wonderful weather! John and Adrienne prepared a wonderful repast, consisting of :

A tuna salad and pita chips for the appetizer;

The main dish was perfectly baked barbecue chicken, great roasted potatoes and home made coleslaw which was yummy!

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MESH Report 12/18/18

image (1)From Captain Fern Henig:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe served 24 guests last night and 1 take away.

Last night’s menu was: Egg Salad on a bed of lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes, Alphabet vegetable soup, Baked salmon with dill sauce, Mashed potatoes, Honeyed carrots, Cupcake, tangerine, and bread pudding. Captain Fern was assisted by employees of HSBC and non-Shomrei friends.

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MESH Report 12/11/18

image1 (2)From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

On a chilly Tuesday evening, we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the warm and nourishing Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei.  Four others enjoyed takeaway meals. Shomrei Master Chef John Lasiter prepared a sumptuous spread beginning with Sweet Kale Salad, challah and spread.  Main course was Braised Chicken with onions, garlic, lemon and herbs, Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli.  Dessert was homemade Brownies with Cashew Milk ice cream.  Continue reading

Bountiful Brass – A Fitting Tribute (video and photo gallery)

About 250 people gathered at Shomrei for the second annual “Concert for Eric” a tribute to Eric Singer z”l.  This year’s concert entitled “Bountiful Brass – From Bach to Bernstein” featured Montclair Chamber Brass: Don Batchelder, 
Chuck Bumcrot, 
Anthony Mazzocchi, 
Jeff Scott and 
Kyle Turner.
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Mesh Cafe April 24, 2018


From Captain Shirley Grill:

On a perfect spring evening, the fabulous Shomrei team served a finger lickin’, delicious meal to our MESH Guests.  We had 24 guests, including 3 children, who feasted on a fabulous barbeque chicken dish, prepared by our greatly admired John Lasiter!  When the captain, Shirley Grill, announced the menu and the chef, the guests applauded!  Continue reading

Mesh Cafe Dec 5, 2017

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Last Tuesday night we welcomed 23 grateful guests to the MESH Cafe at Shomrei.  When the group learned that Chef John Lasiter was in the kitchen they applauded, even before the menu was announced!  Chef John, along with sous chefs Adrienne and Elliot,  met their expectations as evidenced by the empty platters returned to the kitchen.  First course was hummus and pita chips and several guests asked for seconds.  (A few years ago I recall hummus not being a popular item.  Our guests have now embraced a Shomrei staple!).

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Mesh Cafe May 16, 2017

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From Captain Linda Ariel:

On a warm spring evening, the MESH Cafe at Shomrei welcomed twenty-four guests to a delicious dinner. John Lasiter, with the able support of sous chef, Adrienne Lasiter, created a meal with a palate of flavors that delighted the hungry group. The menu included hummus with pita chips, a colorful vegetable salad, bread and butter, sockeye salmon topped with a mustard glaze, roasted scallions, and home baked chocolate peanut butter pinwheels with ice cream. Continue reading

First Day of the New Hebrew School!


Busy busy in the New JLC!

Yasher Koach on a wonderful welcome back (indoor!) BBQ and first day of JLC!  The students were overwhelmingly positive about the change in the building and program (Wow! was a common response upon seeing the new furniture/rooms!)  The rooms looked great, the teachers were warm and wonderful, and the students had amazing energy.  I am thrilled for the year to come. Assistant Education Directors, Lily Lucey and Aylah Winter were both wonderful in their interactions with students and parents, and I think everyone is responding to having such a capable team in place.


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Introducing @nourish, Conversations and Activities for Adults on Shabbat


Nourish your brain, body and being on Shabbat at Shomrei.  Open to the public. The Shomrei Jewish Learning Center is introducing a series of topical conversations and/or activities for adults to be held on alternating Saturdays. Meeting from 10:30-11:30 am @nourish will offer great coffee, great noshes and great conversation!  The topics will relate to current events, Jewish living in a modern world, food, history, or anything, well, nourishing!


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