Standing up to Antisemitism

Dear Shomrei Community,

This past Sunday night, I attended the holiday celebration in Nutley and instead of speaking about light and joy, I spoke about antisemitism.  There were 1,000 people gathered to light the Christmas tree, with a DJ and roasted chestnuts.  I was supposed to say a blessing for the Hanukkah menorah and keep it light, but my eyes were tearing up.  It felt urgent to explain how vulnerable Jews are feeling right now, right here in New Jersey, and to ask everyone there to BE THE LIGHT WE NEED TO SEE IN THE WORLD. Continue reading

Increasing Access to Reading

In addition to recommending books and calling your attention to informative websites, I like to share information from the greater library world.

The following information is from the latest issue of Bookmark, the publication of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians: If you or someone you know has a problem accessing print for educational or pleasure reading, you are eligible to use the resources of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC). Formerly called the Library for the Blind and Handicapped, the library recognizes that there are many reasons for readers having difficulty with print: a visual disability, an intellectual disability, a processing problem, a physical problem holding a print book, or simply needing larger print. Continue reading

MESH Report Nov 29, 2022

First time MESH Chef Joan Zief took the reins in the Shomrei kitchen to produce a hearty and healthy meal for our MESH guests.  Main course was fresh baked Panko Coated Tilapia with Roasted Broccoli and Seasoned Brown Rice.  Fruit course was a banana and a clementine (courtesy of Gail Stocks).  Also included was Potato Bread and a Pain Au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant). Oreo pack, breakfast biscuit and a bottle of water.  The bag was heavy!  Sous Chefs/Packers were Alex Kent and Yours Truly.

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Welcoming our Newest Member

What’s sweeter than a new baby?  Shomrei welcomed  4 day old Esther Hirsch to the congregation with an in-house catered kiddush on Shabbat, November 19.

Babies come when they are ready so the kiddush volunteers didn’t find out about Esther’s birth until late Wednesday afternoon. We did a quick pivot, abandoning the planned kiddush menu, and substituting a custom menu requested by Esther’s parents, Josh Hirsch and Jenny Leon. Continue reading

It Takes a Minyan

Nick Levitin

In life, there are certain things that cannot be done alone. In Judaism, there are certain prayers that cannot be said alone. Kaddish is one of them – it takes a minyan. At Shomrei there are currently three regularly scheduled opportunities to say Kaddish: the services we have Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning.

To ensure that we always have ten people for the Sunday Morning Minyan, Linda Ariel will begin collecting names of those who would like to be called upon, or scheduled, to attend the Sunday morning minyan. Continue reading