Volunteers John Lasiter and Susan Rosenblatt were able to take advantage of a bounty of unopened, catered food from a recent B’nai Mitzvah Kiddush. They packaged 20 to-go meals consisting of Falaffel, Tahinah, Borekahs, Roasted Vegetables, Hummus, Salad with Feta, Baklava, A fresh Orange and a granola bar.
Shomrei Emunah in Montclair today announces that Rabbi Julie Roth will become the next spiritual leader for the synagogue on August 1. Rabbi Roth comes to Shomrei from Princeton Hillel where she has been the Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain for 17 years. She succeeds Rabbi David Greenstein who is retiring after 13 years at Shomrei. The Shomrei community is grateful for the spiritual leadership Rabbi Greenstein has provided.
An Update from the Shomrei Refugee Assistance Group
Editor’s Note: Rabbinic Intern Lily Lucey originally gave this sermon during the outdoor service on Kol Nidre 5782 (Sept 2021).
A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, “Why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous? Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!
Tevye captures something that is at the essence of Judaism and that is intensely heightened throughout our High Holiday liturgy: that we are always acknowledging the fragility of life, while continuing to find a way to live it, carrying with us the suffering not just of this moment but of all of our people before us and all of the generations to come. Continue reading
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Editor’s Note: This address was originally given on Kol Nidre (Sept 2021)
Heneni – A Continuation and What it Means as a Shomrei Member
Last week I spoke to you about being present spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Well, Hineni – Here I am, again. Henei Anachnu – Here we are, again. And as we begin to return to the synagogue and to gather together after being separated for so long, I want to ask you to think about reaching out and giving of yourself. I know that every year the president stands up here and asks you to volunteer and I am no different. Heneni – Here I am – asking you to look inwardly as you do teshuva and ask God for forgiveness and to think about how you can do something differently than you did this past year.
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Editor’s Note: Rabbi Greenstein originally gave this sermon on Kol Nidre 5782 (Sept 2021).
On this Kol Nidrei night, a night in which we are so conscious of the weightiness and the lightness of our words, of how easy it is for us to forget our words, evade our words, and deny our commitments, let’s remember a woman of few words, but of fierce commitments. Let’s remember Sarah.
With a background in political science Ehud has extensive experience in the field of operations. Born in Israel, Ehud also lived in New York and Japan before settling in New Jersey. Ehud has served the Jewish world as a tour educator, teacher and member of various congregations before arriving in South Orange. Most recently he has been planning educational expeditions to the Jewish destinations. Married with 2 young children Ehud loves exploring new places and spending time with friends and family.
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Meetings of the Shomrei Rabbi Search Committee
July 12, 2021
- Discussion of the Shomrei Community Survey Distribution
- Please fill out the survey sent to you by email or in ShomreiWeek.
- Discussion of Community Focus Groups Logistics
- Beginning Discussion of the extensive Rabbinical Assembly (“RA”) Questionnaire
- The main topic this week focused on the wonderful things in our community that we would like to remain the same under new rabbinical leadership.
July 5, 2021
- Discussion of the Shomrei Community Survey and the importance of maximizing community feedback.
- Feedback from all members of the community makes this process better, and we encourage all members of the community to use whichever channel they’d like (direct contact with individual committee members, focus groups, survey) to share their thoughts
- To increase access, committee discussed:
- Mailing printed versions of materials (survey, summary of process) to community members that do not use email;
- Asking Shomrei staff to encourage members to speak to committee members; and
- Having committee members participate in upcoming Shomrei services and events and make announcements about Committee process and our desire for feedback.
- Discussion of Community Focus Group Logistics
- No more than 10 people no less than three
- Mix of in member homes, at Shomrei and via Zoom
- Offering a variety of dates/times to maximize accessibility
- Five facilitators doing three groups each with one note taker and one host
Yasher koach to the 2020-21 Board of Trustees. Special thanks to outgoing board members Dawn Berman, Marc Chalom, Shana Rubin and Allison Task.
Welcome to new board members Adam Dembrow, Lynne Rubin, Sarita Eisenberg and Michael Sag:
My wife Sarah and I, and our kids Lily (11) and Eitan (8), just passed our fourth anniversary of living in Montclair, and we’ve been part of the Shomrei community since we moved here. I have particularly been enjoying the group study sessions led by Rabbi Greenstein of Pirkei Avot and the Zohar. I’m excited to join the Board of Trustees and am looking forward to working with the community that I’ve found so welcoming. Continue reading