MESH Report 6/11/19


From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

On a balmy spring evening we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also provided 2 takeout meals. The top notch team of Steindel, Eisenberg and Hammerman was on board with Sarah and Sarita preparing a delicious and nutritious meal assisted by Charles and Lou who ably performed numerous tasks including Lou’s stellar pot, pan, dish and utensil washing. We had a new helper tonight. Sarah, the young daughter of our custodian Kevin, pitched in with plating food and serving. She was a big help!

The meal began with an appetizer of hummus, carrots and crackers. It’s of interest to note that a few years back our guests were not very fond of hummus. Over the years their palates have evolved and now, they love it! Main course was Sarita’s famous Moroccan salmon, served with couscous and a sauté of zucchini, onions and peppers. Dessert was fresh strawberries, bananas and pineapple plus Oreo cookies, a perennial favorite. As has been the case in the past, not a morsel remained. MESH staffers Bonny, Adrienne, Joe and Darren ensured that the evening moved along smoothly.


Two more weeks and we wrap up for the summer, resuming in September. Our teen helpers are busy with end of the school year events and haven’t been able to make it to MESH. The next two weeks we could use some help with serving and cleanup. If you are available please signup:

About MESH:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches.  Volunteers at each institution cook and serve hearty, nutritious meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. A good meal, and perhaps as important, social interaction and companionship offer respite to those who need it. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering.

To sign up to help, go to

Have questions?

Email Lynne Kurzweil or call (973)746-0816
Email Aileen Grossberg or call (973) 744-3836

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