Meet the New Members of the Board of Trustees

Yasher koach to the 2019-20 Board of Trustees.  Special thanks to outgoing board members  Fern Heinig & Lynne Kurzweil.  Replacing them are Audrey Levitin and Romy Rost.

image001Romy Rost, Trustee (term expiring 2023)

I’m truly excited to join the Board and work together to continue to grow our Jewish community at Shomrei. Seeing my daughter’s joy being in the preschool here has inspired me to get more involved and hopefully bring skills and experience that will help Shomrei flourish, especially in these unique times. Our youngest daughter will soon join the preschool and I have no doubt that together they will discover their Jewish identity in this very nurturing environment. As a career and leadership coach, I love the practice of personal development and therefore am always encouraging myself and others to strive for ‘better’! I look forward to doing that with all of you, too.

DSC_0572-Edit-3Audrey Levitin, Trustee (term expiring 2022) & Co-Chairperson, Social Action Committee

I am so happy to be a Trustee on Shomrei’s board and look forward to serving the community in this new way. I love all things Shomrei.  I come to services regularly, participate in Torah Study and one of my favorite things in life is to be with the community and enjoy kiddush on Shabbat. (A shout-out to Aileen and Beryl.)  I am also the Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee with Sarita Eisenberg.  My husband Nick is a past President and my children Josh and Nina are part of the Shomrei family. Shomrei is quite simply my home away from home.

2020 Annual Meeting Report


The 2020 Annual Meeting of Congregation Shomrei Emunah occurred on Monday, June 22, 2020.  Members voted on a number of items including the budget and election of new members of the Board of Trustees.

Results of the meeting:

  • 2019 annual meeting minutes were approved as submitted.
  • Audrey Levitin and Romy Rost were elected to the Board of Trustees and Miriam Haimes was elected as President.
  • Special thanks to outgoing board members  Fern Heinig & Lynne Kurzweil.
  • The 2020-21 budget was approved as submitted.

2020 Shomrei Annual Meeting Package which includes reports from outgoing President Sara Ann Erichson and Director of Education, Heather Brown.

Shomrei Joins Montclair Sanctuary Alliance

Board at WorkDear Friends,

I am writing to share that on December 9th, the Shomrei Board of Trustees voted to join the Montclair Sanctuary Alliance. By doing so, we add our name to a growing list of houses of worship in Montclair who have combined their voices in support of undocumented immigrants residing in our midst.

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2017 Annual Meeting Report


The 2017 Annual Meeting of Congregation Shomrei Emunah occurred last night, May 24th, 2017.  Members voted on a number of items including the budget and election of new members of the Board of Trustees.

Results of the meeting:

  • 2016 annual meeting minutes were approved as submitted.
  • The new slate of officers and trustees was approved as submitted.
  • Special thanks to outgoing board members David Kanegis, Deb Caplan and Michael Farbiarz. Also, Marc Chalom, VP of Buildings and Grounds is stepping down from his position. Thank you for 15 years of taking care of the building!
  • Amendment to the bylaws to change date of annual meeting was approved as submitted.
  • The 2017-18 budget was approved as submitted.

Meeting Packet which includes an overview of the past year, bios of new Trustees, and budget summary.

Welcome to New Board Members

Fern at board meetingYasher koach to the 2016-17 Board of Trustees and thank you to outgoing Board members – Recording Secretary David Kanegis, Trustees Michael Farbiarz and Debra Caplan. Replacing them are Beryl Hiller, Meredith Lopez and Dan Winter.

Yasher koach to Marc Chalom, who is stepping down as Vice President for Building and Grounds. Marc will continue on the Board as a Trustee.

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Keeping Shomrei Safe


Over the last few months, there has been increased threats against Jewish institutions that has heightened the security awareness in our community.

Shomrei has always taken security seriously and last year had a security assessment conducted by the Montclair Police.

At the March Board of Trustees meeting security was the main topic on the agenda. A Security Committee, which had been established last month, has been charged with bringing forward a recommendation for long term strategy and implementation. In the meantime, monies were approved for some immediate actions. Continue reading

Meet Pam Golden, Nominee for Treasurer

Pam GoldenFollowing my marriage to Murray Slovick in May 2010 at Shomrei, it was clear that we wanted to become part of this special community. While it took two years for us to finally make the move to West Orange, once we did, we promptly joined the synagogue. I was honored to be asked to join the board last year and the experience has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

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New, Improved Payment System

New Improved Payment System

For some time we’ve been working on a new easy-to-use payment system for Shomrei. No matter which dues model is adopted by the membership vote on May 27 (the existing Dues/Kol Nidre pledge model or the proposed Sustaining Share model), we’re launching the new payment system which includes payment over time options! The new system puts a premium on ease of use, clarity, convenience and automatic reminders. We’re contracting with an industry leader, FreshBooks ( to provide a secure, on-line (and postal mail) system that does not require login.

The new system will debut with our new fiscal year starting June 1, 2015. You will receive an invoice by email or postal mail shortly thereafter, and you can then pay by check or credit card, online or via postal mail.  It’s configured to your preference. Continue reading

An Historic Moment For Shomrei

Nick Levitin Makes IntroductionsGood News!

After two years of development and discussion within our community, the Board of Trustees voted last Thursday to recommend that Shomrei adopt a progressive new “Sustaining Share” system of membership, which would reinvent the way we define and think about synagogue membership. Now it is your turn. At the annual meeting taking place on Wednesday, May 27, the model will be put to a full congregational membership vote.

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