Purim Simcha Band Plays Its Heart Out

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For the sixth year in a row, the multi-generational Simcha Band played our hearts out at our annual Purim celebration. Setting the lively tone for the Costume Parade and then playing in between chapters of the Megillah, the band added a new dimension to its name “Simcha” Band! When the Megillah readers chanted Haman’s name, the band successfully drowned out his name. Continue reading

Shalach Manot Success!

shulman_adrienneI only recently learned why we make Shalach Manot goodie bags and deliver them to our entire Shomrei congregation – to increase love and friendship between Jews, thereby dismissing Haman’s accusations that there is strife and dissension among Jews.  Lovely!

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Shomrei Shares – Help for Families Just Getting on Their Feet

Helping Hands“If there be among you a needy person, one of your kinsmen, in any of your settlements, in the land that the Lord your G-d is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman. Rather you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs.”               
Deuteronomy 15:7-8

Since 2005, the congregants of Shomrei Emunah have been helping needy families during the holiday season. Once again, we are supporting 9 families, one for each night of Chanukah and one for the Shamash.

Since approximately 1988, Shomrei Emunah has been supporting the Interfaith Hospitality Network. IHN helps homeless families-parents and children-who are in need of shelter. Twice a year, we participate by giving families a place to stay and three meals a day by housing them at our synagogue.

This year, these two programs come together. The 9 families we are helping have received relocation assistance from IHN and are now in permanent housing. Please go to this link and open the spreadsheet. Place your name next to the item that you would like to purchase for the families. 9 boxes will be in the synagogue lobby. Place the wrapped gifts in the boxes marked with the number associated with the specific family. Gifts must be new items.

You can provide Shomrei Scrip for the families as well. Scrip is a great way to give to Shomrei Shares. Here is how Scrip works. Purchase scrip-100% of your contribution is given to a Shomrei Shares family or families and the store gives Congregation Shomrei Emunah 5% back. So you are actually giving twice, once to the families and once to Shomrei Emunah. To purchase Script, simply write a check to “Shomrei Emunah” and leave it in the office for Marge Wise. Any questions on scrip, please contact Marge Wise at 973-746-5031 x1.


Gifts must be dropped off no later than 12:00 pm on January 9th.

Thank you for helping the families.

Any questions regarding Shomrei Shares, email email hidden; JavaScript is requiredor call (973) 713-0769.

To Donate Visit: http://shomrei.org/shomreishares