Photo Gallery: A Concert for Eric


It was a beautiful afternoon with beautiful music honoring a beautiful person, Eric Singer z”l.

The Montclair Orchestra kept an audience of over 300 spellbound for the entire program. David Chan, Montclair Orchestra Music Director, led the musicians in a captivating concert which included our own Dr. Kenneth Bannerman.

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A Concert for Eric: In Loving Memory of Eric Singer z”l

Eric Singer z"l

Eric Singer z”l

Two active community partners, the Montclair Orchestra and Congregation Shomrei Emunah, will present a chamber music concert in loving memory of Eric Singer a long-time and beloved congregant. To insure open access and a low ticket price, the concert is being underwritten by a generous grant from The Eric Singer Charitable Fund.

The performance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. at Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, The Montclair Orchestra Chamber Music Ensemble will perform Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart; Theme from Schindler’s List by Williams, String Quintet in G 1st Mvt by Dvorak; and Octet in Eb Maj by Mendelssohn. Tickets are $15; children under 18 free.  David Chan is Music Director of the Montclair Orchestra.  Shomrei congregant Dr. Kenneth Bannerman will play in the chamber orchestra.

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Etrog Update

As many of you are aware, last winter Rita Singer germinated some Etrog seeds taken from our Sukkot etrogim. After a weeks’ long stay in the refrigerator, the seeds sprouted and Rita planted them in pots. The seeds spent the summer outdoors and eventually found their way to their permanent home-Shomrei. Continue reading

Summer’s Bounty and More

Tomatoes beg to be paired with basil; zucchini and cucumbers creep across the yard with abandon; watermelons are sweet as sugar as August winds down. The unofficial end of summer is around the corner and we will soon celebrate the harvest season.

But we still have many weeks to enjoy earth’s bounty with recipes from Shomrei cooks and Kiddushes.

This month the recipe column features one of Shomrei’s most well-known members. Rita Singer and her late husband Eric practically kept the synagogue going. Eric took care of the building and grounds while Rita supervised the flowers and indoctrinated many members in the secrets of hallah. Rita is also a regular on the Kiddush prep squad, specializing in perfectly sliced tomatoes. In addition, Rita is an expert quilter, baker, community activist and a generous and gracious hostess. Enjoy this dish which is a perfect accompaniment to almost anything.
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