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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Welcome to New Board Members

Fern at board meetingYasher koach to the 2016-17 Board of Trustees and thank you to outgoing Board members – Recording Secretary David Kanegis, Trustees Michael Farbiarz and Debra Caplan. Replacing them are Beryl Hiller, Meredith Lopez and Dan Winter.

Yasher koach to Marc Chalom, who is stepping down as Vice President for Building and Grounds. Marc will continue on the Board as a Trustee.

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An Evening of Warmth and Spirit



120 people gathered at Shomrei on Saturday March 4th to honor Rich Epstein and Susan Lazev at “Mensches & Martinis” our annual Honor Night celebration. Accompanied by the marvelous Stepansky-Posada Jazz Ensemble, the evening began with an elegant cocktail hour followed by catered feast.

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Aileen Grossberg – A Woman for all Seasons and Seasonings!

Join us as we thank Aileen Grossberg for her years of volunteer service at Shomrei!  Aileen will be recognized at “Shomrei Celebrates” an evening of community, good food, and spirit at Shomrei Emunah, Saturday, Feb 20, 2016, 7:30pm.


Aileen Thrope Grossberg has added ​talent, taste and tact​ to so many Shomrei activities since joining our synagogue in 1975 that it is impossible to overstate her contribution.

It all started back in Lowell, Ma. where her grandparents settled in the early part of the twentieth century. Aileen’s many role models for volunteerism include both her maternal and paternal grandparents who were among the founders, officers, and members of the Lowell Hebrew Community Center, a Conservative shul in her home town. Aileen’s commitments to a Jewish lifestyle were reinforced by her grandparents’ Shabbat and holiday dinners with lots of members of the extended family . The Lowell Jewish Center was the hub of social interactions in the community: Hebrew school, Friday night services with family and friends, as well as Saturday morning. Continue reading


nlevitinWe often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Cynthia Ozick

This week, Shomrei will celebrate Honor Night, an evening devoted to thanking all of Shomrei’s volunteers and especially our featured volunteer extraordinaire Marc Chalom.

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Marc Chalom – Volunteer Extraordinaire!

chalomJoin us as we thank Marc Chalom for his years of volunteer service at Shomrei!  Marc and all Shomrei volunteers will be recognized at “Honor Night” a dinner and talent showcase at Shomrei Emunah, Saturday, Mar 7, 2015, 7:30pm.  Click here to reserve tickets. (deadline, Sun, Mar 1)


Marc Chalom

What is Marc Chalom’s first goal for Shomrei in the future?  To find someone to replace him!… But it won’t be easy.

“When the alarm goes off at 2 a.m., they call me from ADT,” says the VP of Building and Grounds, since 2002. He is proud of the fact that he was in charge of renovating the kitchen in the YAC (formerly the Social Hall), daring to use red for the kitchen cabinets, created new office space out of closets on the first floor, restructured the seating to be more intimate in the sanctuary, replaced the ‘leaning wall’ outside the building, renovated the bluestone walkways at the entrance to the Sanctuary, and chaired the first ‘World Wide Wrap’, among other projects at Shomrei. “I found a way to handle most of these challenges without spending a lot of money!” he added.

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Chanukah Simcha Band

Simchah BandIt was only the second night of Chanuka but the Simcha Band lit up the Shomrei Chanuka party as if it were the 8th night. The audience enjoyed listening and dancing to the music as much as the musicians enjoyed playing and singing.

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