Meet The Filmmaker

kasztnerShomrei to Screen Killing Kasztner
Sunday Dec 7, 2014 4:30pm

Shomrei Emunah Classroom 2

Shomrei Emunah and Montclair State University are co-sponsoring a free screening of the movie Killing Kasztner as part of the Rescue in Budapest: Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative program series. The film will be introduced by the filmmaker Gaylen Ross. Following the film screening there will be a question and answer session.

The movie is about the life and murder of Rezso (Rudolf) Kasztner. He rescued 1,700 Jews who escaped Hungary in 1944 by train and eventually made it to Switzerland. Many people accused him of being a collaborator for negotiating with the Nazis but his name was cleared by the Israeli Supreme Court and his archives are now stored at Yad Vashem. In addition, there were around 15,000 Jewish forced laborers in Strashoff, Austria who were probably saved through Kasztner’s efforts.

Please join us! This is a free event.

Shabbat Spotlight Series

Shabbat SpotlightAs we head into March, I thought it would be a good time to re-cap the wonderful success of our Shomrei Spotlight Series. Each of our guests has been terrific, educating us on many different subjects.

We’ve heard from a member of the staff of the Israeli Consulate, a courageous young Afghan woman who is attending college in the US, and a Rutgers University Jewish Studies Professor who teaches a most unorthodox seminar, to name a few. We have several more planned through the Spring, beginning on March 21 when we will be joined by artist Susan Kaplow, who is currently showing her artwork in our gallery.

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Craig Eichner: “Beach Blanket Esther”

Craig Eichner

Craig Eichner

Jennifer Moss: Tell me something about how you came to write Purim Spiels. Do you have a special love for parodies?

Craig Eichner: Absolutely. I grew up on Mad Magazine, where they were always parodying movies. And one of my biggest musical influences was Allan Sherman. We had all his records at home.

JM: Allan Sherman—I love him! (Craig and I both broke off the interview at this point to sing a rendition of Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max, Sherman’s parody of Dear Old Donegal.)

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Springsteen’s Midrash

Shabbat Spotlight: Springsteen's MidrashIf you can’t make it to South Africa or Australia for the opening leg of Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes Tour, how about coming to Shomrei’s next Shabbat Spotlight on Friday, February 21st? We’re heading for The Promised Land and we want to see you there!

Services begin at 8:00 pm, when we’ll be joined by our special guest, Rutgers University Jewish Studies Professor Azzan Yadin-Israel, for Springsteen’s Midrash: Looking at ‘The Boss’ Through a Spiritual Lens.

Professor Yadin-Israel recently discussed his seminar on the Boss in an interview with Rutgers Today. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Quiz Night is Back!


It’s Back!  Start preparing!

Get your “A” Team going.  Quiz Night is coming to Shomrei on March 8th–details will follow.

If you would like to help with Quiz Night, please contact us at: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Taste of Shabbat

Friday evening, January 31st, at 6:30 PM

What: Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner (Dairy and Vegetarian)

Where: Our hosts are Rachel Kanter and Andy Ely at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please RSVP and tell Rachel what you can bring.

A signature event at Shomrei, our Taste of Shabbat dinners combine the best of Kabbalat Shabbat with a potluck supper at a congregant’s home. It’s a cross-generational and family-friendly event: children of all ages are welcome, as are singles, couples and groups. Please join us for this opportunity to welcome the Sabbath, schmooze with friends and enjoy a bounty of good food!

I Surrender

I’d like to address a nasty rumor: that I’m plotting to replace the dead-tree version of our synagogue newsletter with this new-fangled site.

That rumor—well, okay. It’s true. Heck, I even rubbed my hands together and cackled with glee as I made my plans. But then I discovered that the forces in favor of continuing the paper version of KE (despite all those poor, dead trees) are so strong that I have no hope of overcoming them. So fear not! I’m surrendering without a fight.

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