On a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday, the Carol Starr Mesh Cafe delivered a hearty multi course meal with the promise of the holiday to come. Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented many pictures of the meal. Continue reading
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
Hanukkah is less than a month away. That means that Jewish Book Month is in full swing. Established in Boston almost a century ago by Fanny Goldstein, a librarian at the Boston Public Library, Jewish Book Month began with book displays to encourage books as Hanukkah gifts. Continue reading
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Fern Heinig, one of The Carol Starr Mesh Cafe’s most loyal chefs, offers this stunning salad with all the color and flavors of the season. And unlike many holiday foods, this dish could even be good for you. Continue reading
When my family moved to Montclair in 1975 , the first things we did were to change our address in the voting records and get library cards. I don’t remember where we first voted. It may have been Watching School, the school our elder daughter would eventually attend.
But the last many years, voting took place at Edgemont Park. The park house had everything; plenty of parking, the pond sparkling in the November (or whatever month the election was) sun, and a calm presence as one approached the desk.
Many thanks to the many people who helped make Maya Rubin’s b’nai mitzvah so lovely. From Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon, helping hands chopped and cut, plattered and placed, washed and wiped and every kitchen task in between.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Sukkot kiddushes. The special Shabbat kiddush was a huge success with well over 100 people sharing a scrumptious meal together in our lovely sukkah on a perfect fall afternoon.
Kudos to Dale Russakoff who spearheaded the effort and to Suzanna Grobman and Katie Teladano who made it all work along with a superb crew of volunteer sous chefs who chatted and chopped from Thursday ‘til Saturday. Continue reading
Aileen Grossberg and regular volunteer Susan Rosenblatt spent a beautiful sunny afternoon preparing 30 nutritious meals for our MESH guests. While we don’t serve them in person, we took as much care as if we did. Continue reading
Ilana Kurshan is an American living in Israel. She is the mother of young children. This article featuring Eric Carle’s beloved story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gives some very sage advice about how to handle the long services during the holidays and makes strong connections between Carle’s secular story and the story of creation. Kurshan is best known for If All the Seas Were Ink, her memoir about studying Talmud. She’s also the author of Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights: the four questions around the world and the translator of Meir Shalev’s A Snake, a Flood, a Hidden Baby: Bible stories for children. Continue reading
We are now in the month of Elul. What’s special about this last month of the Jewish spiritual year? According to Judaism Unbound ” It is a time of introspection. Time to stop and take a look back at the past year to see how we did. Where did we grow and how do we want to continue to build on that growth? Elul is a time of asking for forgiveness from others in ways we caused harm and offering forgiveness to people who have harmed us.”
Elul is the prelude to the main attraction and helps us get settled and in the mood as does the opening act or musical prelude to a show. Continue reading