This spring, for my Bat Mitzvah project, I had the opportunity to organize a Pre-Passover Food Drive to benefit seven families in the Family Promise Essex (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) program, collecting grocery items and cash donations that were put into ShopRite gift cards for each family. I am so happy to report that it was a success! Continue reading
On Feb 26, 2022, my family hosted the kiddush for Brian’s 10th birthday party – first time double digits is an exciting chapter! The moment we entered synagogue, congregants wished Brian a happy birthday. Rabbinic Intern, Lily Lucy, welcomed us into the Hinei Ma Tov JLC event, by wishing Brian a good birthday and pointing out to the other students that the birthday table covers, balloons and food items were all set up so that the congregation could celebrate Brian entering his double-digit birthday. It made Brian feel so special. Continue reading
Can you match the SOUPERSPREADER with the delicious soup he/she/they made? Continue reading
The sounds of prayer were complemented by the buzz of conversation as Shomrei celebrated the upcoming wedding of Jared Hurwich and Perrin Shapiro at the first indoor kiddush in almost two years.
The kiddush crew was out in full force prepping for this kiddush which was just a bit different from what they used to do. Instead of artfully arranged platters, there were trays of individual containers to grab and take to the tables. Cookies were snuggled into a foil pan with a see through tops so that the contents could be seen and labels abounded to identify the foods on display. Continue reading
It was “all hands” in as Linda Ariel and Susan Rosenblatt assisted Chef Sarita Eisenberg in cooking for our MESH guests – making chicken with barbecue sauce, coleslaw and roast potatoes. Continue reading
Freshly leftover deli from one of the meals served to our Rabbi candidate this past weekend provided the basis for picnic type grab and go bags for our MESH guests. Supplementing with smoked turkey breast, red cabbage and potatoes, Chef Lynne whipped up turkey, corned beef, roast beef and pastrami overstuffed sandwiches on rye, red and white cabbage slaw and potato salad. Continue reading
Chef Lynne Kurzweil was on deck along with Sous Chef (and Jill of all Trades) Shirley Grill. The bags were prepped and prepared in Lynne’s kitchen and brought to Shomrei for 3:45 pm pickup by MESH Staffer, Joe Tyson. Many thanks also to Ehud Klinger who is always ready, willing and able to help out MESH volunteers. Continue reading