Mesh Cafe May 1, 2018


From Captain Alex Kent:

On the gorgeous first day of May, Shomrei’s MESH cafe fed a full house of 24 guests.  Shomrei member and Pre-School parent Melissa Elbaum was the chef, and she was ably assisted by a skeleton crew, who nonetheless pulled off the meal with no snafus.  Thanks to Melissa’s preparation and organization, the meal was good to go with apple chopping and other help from our regular MESH teens Amalia and Sarah.  Other than that, helpers included Chief dishwasher Captain Alex Kent, and the MESH staff of Adrienne, Mr. Tyson, and security guard Mary.   Continue reading

Mesh Cafe April 17, 2018


From Captain Alex Kent:
The MESH Cafe served 24 guests Tuesday night, including 3 children. Chef Lynne Kurzweil stepped up once again to prepare a healthy, tasty dinner for the group, with Aileen Grossberg acting as sous chef. The crowd was served a green salad to start, accompanied by challah bread and spread. That was followed by a nourishing meatloaf, with peas and roasted carrots, and roasted, smashed potatoes, which were seasoned to perfection. Dessert was chocolate cake with fruit salad. Teen helpers included regulars Sarah and Amalia, along with Jack who wielded a mean potato masher. Montclair State interns Siobhan and Rebecca were on hand, along with two other MSU students: Jenna and Christina. MESH staffers Adrienne, Joseph and Maria ran the show in their usual competent manner.

Tonight’s meal was graciously sponsored in memory of Muriel Kurzweil Kanow by Linda and Todd Wieseneck, Felice and Don Levine, Joan and Don Zief, Maria and Jerry W. Czin, Judy and Neal Yudkoff and Risa and Seth Levine

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Mesh Cafe Jan 16, 2018


From Captain Alex Kent

Despite the burst water pipe, Shomrei was able to host a full complement of 21 MESH guests on Tuesday night.  Chef Lynne Kurzweil fashioned a robust dinner, creatively using a lot of existing food before the synagogue has to shut down for repairs.  The meal began with split pea and vegetable soup accompanied by challah rolls and butter.  The main course was roasted cod, rice pilaf, and string beans with tomatoes, along with a green salad.  Dessert was fruit salvaged from a previous event, along with assorted pastries.

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Mesh Cafe Nov 21, 2017


From Captain Alex Kent

The Shomrei MESH Cafe welcomed 20 guests on Tuesday night for a sumptuous pre-Thanksgiving feast, whipped up by Aileen Grossberg, with afternoon cooking help from Beryl Hiller.  Also pitching in were Susan Rosenblatt, who manned the sink like a champ, June Zimmerman and her two 8th grade daughters Elana and Margallit, our dedicated regular Amalia, and three seventh graders who attend the Buzz Aldrin School, Sam, Cole, and Owen, who are volunteering at MESH as part of their Jewish Workshop community service commitment.  MESH intern China was also on hand, along with MESH staffer Adrienne, and Captain Alex Kent.

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Mesh Cafe Mar 21, 2017

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From Captain Alex Kent:

24 guests showed up for MESH dinner on March 21st. Our chef was Arden Epstein who single-handedly whipped up a bountiful meal including her signature to-go bags.

Up first was cheese and crackers, with grapes. The main course consisted of a side of coleslaw, accompanied by baked cod with an herb butter sauce, green beans, parmesan rice, and bread and butter. Dessert was homemade chocolate almond bark prepared by Arden, served with strawberries and grapes. Every guest also got a bag with an apple and peanuts in the shell. As always, the meal was most appreciated. Leftovers were non-existent. Continue reading

Mesh Cafe Apr 12, 2016

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From Captain Alex Kent:

The MESH Cafe served 26 guests this evening.  It was an haute cuisine meal prepared by Barbara Lesser and Carolyn Lack.  The feast began with Carrot/Orange soup, with bread and butter,  followed by steelhead trout with a strawberry glaze, served over bulgur, and accompanied by a stir fry of onions, peppers, and green beans.  Carolyn baked banana nut bread for dessert, served with fresh pineapple.  It looked and smelled delicious!  Our helpers included Shomrei’s Gus and Siona, along with Lexie and Shannon from Montclair State.  Rachel Kanter did lots of dishes, and was an all around helper.   Bonny and Adrienne from MESH rounded out the team.   Our guests were very appreciative as always. Continue reading

Mesh Cafe Mar 15, 2016

MESH 2016 mar15From Captain Alex Kent:

Shomrei’s MESH Cafe served 26 guests Tuesday night, including 5 young children.

Chef Aileen Grossberg prepared an extremely colorful first course salad medley made up of green bean salad, carrot salad, and purple cole slaw, part of it courtesy of the Lasiter Bar Mitzvah, along with multi grain bread. Next up was potato soup with home made potato chips as a garnish. The main course was cod with a lime, chile, cumin, butter sauce (yum!), quinoa with peppers, beets, and onion (also courtesy of the Lasiter family) and asparagus with peppers and purple onion. For dessert there were homemade brownies topped with ice cream (found in the Shomrei freezer), chocolate sauce and strawberries. Continue reading