Purim Celebration at Shomrei

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My favorite Jewish holiday is Sukkot. Or is it Passover? After
celebrating Purim tonight with our Shomrei community, my new favorite
holiday has to be Purim.  The spirit, the crowd, the young people, the
not-so-young people, Lily leading us with such “ruach” and teaching us
new melodies, Lily directing the JLC acting troupe with her original
shpiel, Debra Caplan accompanying these incredibly talented singers and
actors at the piano, the overflowing bags of Mishloach Manot, and of
course, the 9th Annual Purim Simcha Band all contributed to a most
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Big in Sound and Joy – The Simcha Band!


We may have been small in number but we were big in sound and joy. Just ask the audience who sang, danced and clapped to the rhythm of all the melodies.

Special thanks to Conductor Mark Weinstein, and band members: Elliot Lasiter, Jerilyn Margulies, Mike Tizhgarten, Howie Erichson, Andy Silikovitz, and Merrill Silver. Joining the band for the first time were Collin Brooks and Nathan Pendola.  We look forward to watching Collin (electric guitar) and Nathan (drums) grow up with the band.  We welcome and thank Dan Silver who came from NYC to make music with us.

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We owe a lot of people our thanks!  It’s literally been a flurry of activity at Shomrei since the pipe burst and the flood ensued.  Once the initial crisis is over, the hard work begins — the restoration. So many volunteers and staff have stepped-up to meet this crisis on our behalf, it’s a good time to recognize some of them and express our gratitude! Continue reading

Mesh Cafe Jan 2, 2018

From Captain Lynne Kurzweil

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On this bitter cold night, we welcomed 18 grateful guests to the MESH Cafe at Shomrei.  John Lasiter, our chef extraordinaire, along with sous chef Jerilyn Margulies, whipped up a delicious hearty and warming meal to the delight of all.  The amazing aroma wafted through the hallways as our guests entered the building.  Continue reading

Mesh Cafe May 3, 2016

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From Captain Sara Kravitz:

On a misty cool May evening, Shomrei’s MESH team served a tasty meal to 24 guests. Chef John Lasiter, ably supported by sous chefs Jerilyn Margulies and Deanna London as well as teen volunteers Louis and Max, prepared a menu of green salad and challah, paprika roasted chicken with roasted chick peas and cherry tomatoes, and chocolate matzah peanut clusters. Continue reading

Cooking is underway!

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Cooking has started for the Shomrei Celebrates dinner this Saturday, Feb 20, honoring Aileen Grossberg. John Lasiter has planned an amazing menu for hors d’ouvres, dinner, and desert. The cooking started on Wednesday Feb 17  with the big cooking days being Thursday and Friday, Feb 18-19.  It’s great fun, with music, conversation, and chopping (lots of chopping!).  Take a peak at what’s happening in the Shomrei kitchen. Continue reading

Mesh Cafe Dec 22, 2015

meshReport From Captain Lynne Kurzweil: 

On an unseasonably balmy night in late December, we welcomed 21 guests to the MESH Cafe at Shomrei.  Chef John Lasiter was in his usual top form, preparing a delicious meal for our IHN families and our MESH guests. Starter was Roasted Okra (try it….really tasty!), followed by a main course of BBQ Chicken, Italian Seasoned Roasted Potato Wedges, homemade Cole Slaw and homemade Corn Bread. Dessert was homemade Cherry Pastry.

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Hanukka Band Brings Special Light to Shomrei’s Annual Party

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Chanuka is the Festival of Light. We illustrated this with our beautiful chanukiyot burning brightly in the sanctuary at our annual holiday party. At Shomrei, Chanuka is also the holiday of great music played by our very own Simcha band. Maestro Mark Weinstein sets just the right tone balancing fun, learning and ultimately, making music together. That is no small task considering our multi-generational band with a wide range of skills and experience. Continue reading

It Takes A Community

Grossberg_Aileen kiddush prep 2015 oct 17

The Bar Mitzvah was poised and prepared. His parents were proud and poignant. The social hall tables were dressed in gold and covered with platters waiting for the hungry congregants to file in after the motzi and Kiddush. All 200 … Continue reading