Two weeks ago, Shomrei experienced a very special Shabbat – one, that for many of us, felt transformative. Aided by our musical scholar-in-residence, Joey Weinsenberg, we engaged in services – whether it be by humming a nigun (a wordless melody) or chanting a prayer – with a stronger sense of freedom to sing and to express ourselves. Our collective voices filled the sanctuary as one.
It’s been quite a start to the 2019 calendar year at Shomrei and I find myself enveloped by experiences spiritual, educational and social within our community. From learning about the Dead Sea Scrolls from a world-renowned expert to celebrating Nick Levitin at a very special honor night to a transformative experience last Shabbat with our musical scholar-in-residence. (How great was it to see all the kids playing together after Havdalah!)
I look forward to this week’s Art Mazel soiree and auction; I’m hearing great things about the Purim shpiel (the Lion King!); I can’t wait for the next holiday hikes with Lily; and I’m excitedly watching our new playground go up.
And, throughout all of this, we have members who continue to open their homes for services, who are so very committed to our social action programs, and who share their experiences and expertise as @nourish speakers. All this and much more at our “little” synagogue. Our collective experiences continue to be driven by our dedicated professional staff and so many members of our community who feel a passion, dedication and commitment to making Shomrei the place we all want it to be. Thank you!
See you at shul!
Sara Ann Erichson
I am thrilled to announce that Nick Levitin will be this year’s honoree in our Ad Journal and at Shomrei’s annual Honor Night Dinner. Each year we honor a congregant who has had a significant positive impact on our community.
As you know, Rabbi Greenstein will be away from Shomrei from January 1st through May 31st of this upcoming year. He has been awarded the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.
For much of this year, a Rabbi Sabbatical Committee, led by Shomrei members Geoff Sadow and Dan Winter, have been working to ensure that our congregation will operate smoothly during our rabbi’s absence. This includes the hiring of guest rabbis to join us for many Shabbatot and to provide rabbinic coverage. This also includes the scheduling of academic and musical scholars-in-residence who will bring to Shomrei some exciting programs.
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,
Jeff Scott and
As Rabbi Greenstein so eloquently stated in his recent email, we are devastated by the tragedy in Pittsburgh. As a follow up, I am writing to share with you information and plans regarding security at our synagogue
We are grateful to the Montclair Police Department (MPD) who arrived at Shomrei last Saturday morning as soon as events unfolded in Pittsburgh. They returned to our synagogue on Sunday. We are actively engaged with the MPD and are requesting, for an interim period of time, extra patrols while we have people in the building.
Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:
This past Tuesday night we welcomed a full complement of 24 seated guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also prepared takeout meals for 7 guests, including a family with 3 children who arrived late. Chef Fern Heinig was in her prime, preparing a hearty and delicious meal. First course was fresh made egg salad and seared tuna (repurposed from the weekend). Main course was honey baked chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, a tasty challah roll and a green salad with string beans, cucumber and green pepper. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Sara Ann gave this talk at Kol Nidre Services 5779/2018.
Good evening. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sara Ann Ericson and I’m two months into my tenure as being the president of this synagogue.
I was on the internet recently – looking for advice on how to write this speech. I saw this remark from one former synagogue president: “Three things make a successful High Holiday speech: a good beginning, a good ending, and having the two be as close together as possible.” Ok, I have kept that advice in mind, but I do have some thoughts, observations and information that I want to share with you this evening.
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.
I 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!