It’s been Thirty Years!!

Editor Note:  Carol is a former president of Nutley Hebrew Congregation

Time flies when you are where you belong!

On July 1, 2024, the Nutley Hebrew Congregation will have been part of Congregation Shomrei Emunah for 30 years, a milestone worthy of a history lesson in how our merger came about. I am sure everyone knows the phrase: It is not what you know but who you know. This was very true in our case. Continue reading

My Conversion to Judaism

Editor Note:  Kelli shared her conversion story at Shabbat services on June 15, as part of our tradition where a different congregant will share their conversion story each year when we read from the Book of Ruth on Shavuot.

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Good morning, everyone. It is a privilege to stand before you today to share the story of my conversion, at long last, to Judaism.

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Shabbat in Lille, France

We spent the last four Shabbatot doing it “my way” surrounded by the side of our family that we rarely see, our younger daughter and her family who live in the northern French city of Lille.

We arrived early Friday morning jet lagged and wanting nothing more than a shower and a nap. But it was already mid-afternoon when we walked into the house. While my daughter is not observant, when I am visiting we always do Shabbat, lighting candles and eating hopefully homebaked hallah.

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Shabbat Your Way Message From Rabbi Julie

Dear Shomrei Community,

The last Shabbat Shabbat Your Way before the summer is on May 31.

I want to thank everyone who participated in Shabbat Your Way this year and especially everyone who opened up their homes. We hope you’ll continue to host people over the summer and we’ll officially pick up in the fall.

And please share your Shabbat story with us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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MESH Report May 14, 2024

Report written by Noah Delaney

MESH had a great group today that helped to package 50 meals. Chef Lynne organized the creation of a beautiful meal of panko-crusted flounder, sweet potato fries, coleslaw and a hero roll for any sandwich someone might make. We also made a homemade tartar sauce to top the flounder, and added a chocolate chip cookie and Clementines for any sweets lovers as well as a water bottle for hydration. Continue reading