As the year ends…

Dec. 24 Chinese-food-Don’t forget to sign up for A Very Jewish Christmas Eve, ( also called Nittel Nacht) a night  of discussion, a Chinese cooking demo, trivia, and comedy. Unfortunately, you’ll have to bring your own Chinese food. Sponsored by My Jewish Learning the evening runs from 7-11 p.m. on December 24. Click here to sign up

My Jewish Learning has thousands of articles, videos and resources on all aspects of jewish life. No matter your knowledge or your practice, there is something for you on this site. It is non-denominational.  

Dec. 24Beit-Hatsufot-Family-Gallery-of-Heroes-Exhibition-by-Yaakov-BerelMost museums are closed or have very limited openings. But if you are yearning to travel and absorb some culture, make a virtual visit to The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv (Beit Hatfusot).  This virtual tour begins with up-to-date demographic data, continues with a “sneak peek” into the brand new core exhibition, and concludes with inspiring stories about diverse communities and their sources of strength and resilience.  Hear stories such as the journey of a Torah scroll over the mountains from Ethiopia to Tanzania, meet the French motorcyclists who ride in joy, and reflect on the role that your communities play in your life today. Join the tour on Sunday, December 27 at 1 p.m. or on Wednesday, December 30 at 3 p.m. Click here to register.

Dec.24Holidays+for+hereticsJudaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, states that  it “catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century.  The group is hosting a webinar called Holidays for Heretics: An Unconventional Tour Through the Jewish Calendar. For each holiday of the Jewish calendar, Zoe Fertik and Tova Birnbaum bring their personal stories, the holiday’s history, the relevant texts, and various perspectives that can add insight and meaning to your understanding of the cycle of a Jewish year. The classes include text, song, and story in order to reimagine and reconnect to the Jewish holidays. Join in on Wednesday December 30 at 1 p.m.  Click here to watch. 

Dec.24JoeyIf you liked what you heard when Joey Heisenberg visited Shomrei, you’ll enjoy  this sing-along concert with Joey and the Hadar Ensemble hosted by Hadar an organization that “empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed. “  The music ,which blends traditional Jewish sounds and melodies with eclectic influences such as jazz, bluegrass, Balkan, flamenco, and klezmer, will stream live and free from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York on Facebook ( or for $18 on the Hadar site.( Purchasing a ticket will give you entry to a talkback after the concert and a  Q and A with the performers.  Don’t miss it on Wednesday,December 30 from 7:30-9:00

Start the new year right with some study and contemplation. My Jewish Learning has gathered study sessions and minyanim. Check it out here.

And don’t forget Shomrei’s own classes  taught by Rabbi Greenstein on December 24 and 31. Click here for Shomrei events.


Lampert libraryREMINDER: the library is open for borrowing.  There are many new books available as well as great older books for readers of all ages including teens.  Use the online catalog to choose your books; then email the library (email hidden; JavaScript is required)  with your request. The books can be left either in the office or on my porch (open 24/7, address by request). The catalog is very easy to use. There is a link on Shomrei’s home page. Questions or requests: email the librarian at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg, a professional librarian, is a long-time congregant and serves as volunteer librarian for Shomrei's Lampert Library. The library, one of the best-kept secrets at Shomrei is used by the Rabbi, congregants, students and teachers of the JLC (Hebrew School) and Preschool. It's a tremendous resource completely supported by your donations and gifts. Aileen also heads the Shomrei Caterers, the in-house food preparation group. Can there be any better combination…good food and good books!
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