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:
Adam Dembrow, Trustee (term expiring 2022)
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 →
It was an overcast evening, yet this did not interfere with the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei having a full house of guests. John Lasiter, chef par excellence, was assisted by Elliot Fischer in preparing a scrumptious dinner of appetizers of popovers and latkes, followed by the main course of barbecued chicken, cole slaw, roasted potatoes, bread and margarine.
Each year Shomrei honors one or more members for their commitment and volunteerism in support of our community. I am excited to announce that this year we are honoring a quintet of talented and dedicated individuals (as pictured L-R): Carol Katzman, Allison Task, Margot Laksin, John Lasiter and Adrienne Shulman Lasiter
Here’s what you need to know:
First, SAVE-THE-DATE and come to a Shomrei bash in their honor on Saturday night, February 29th. (Invitation to follow.)
Second, HONOR OUR HONOREES by expressing your gratitude in this year’s community directory (Ad Journal). (More information on how to do so below.)
Now let me share a little about our honorees’ impact on Shomrei…
On a chilly Tuesday night, the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei warmed a smaller than usual group of guests with a nourishing dinner.
John Lasiter prepared a meal for 18 people, with 1 meal to go. The diners were treated to pita chips with hummus, barbecued chicken, roasted potatoes, cole slaw, challah and spread, topped off by a dessert of homemade brownies and vanilla ice cream.
On a drizzly Tuesday evening we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Six takeaway meals were also provided. Chef Lynne Kurzweil whipped up a healthy and filling meal beginning with Tuna/Egg Salad with Crudités and Chips, followed by Tuscan Tilapia with Cannelini Beans, Tomatoes and Spinach served with Brown Basmati Rice and Garlic Bread. Dessert was Honeydew, Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries and Pecan Melt-away Cookies.
Tuesday was a rainy night. The rain put off some of our usual guests so we did not have a full house, only nineteen guests. However, five additional guests did ask for take-away, which we were able to provide (as usual).
It was a wild and crazy MESH night this past Tuesday when, unbeknownst to the volunteer crew, the MESH guests were slated to dine in the Sukkah.
Everyone rose to the occasion, even though at times it was a bit of a Chinese fire drill with plates of food being ferried up and down the stairs and in the elevator. The MESH staff assured us the guests wanted to eat in the Sukkah, despite the 60 degree weather.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe served 24 guests last night and 1 take away.
Last night’s menu was: Egg Salad on a bed of lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes, Alphabet vegetable soup, Baked salmon with dill sauce, Mashed potatoes, Honeyed carrots, Cupcake, tangerine, and bread pudding. Captain Fern was assisted by employees of HSBC and non-Shomrei friends.
This year the Latke Crew baked 720 (gluten free) latkes for the Hanukkah party! Thanks and “yasher koach” to the entire hardworking Latke Crew: Charlie and Alan Breslin, Adrienne Shulman and Michael Sag. A number of people asked me for my recipe, so here it is: