Bountiful Brass – A Fitting Tribute (video and photo gallery)

About 250 people gathered at Shomrei for the second annual “Concert for Eric” a tribute to Eric Singer z”l.  This year’s concert entitled “Bountiful Brass – From Bach to Bernstein” featured Montclair Chamber Brass: Don Batchelder, 
Chuck Bumcrot, 
Anthony Mazzocchi, 
Jeff Scott and 
Kyle Turner.
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We owe a lot of people our thanks!  It’s literally been a flurry of activity at Shomrei since the pipe burst and the flood ensued.  Once the initial crisis is over, the hard work begins — the restoration. So many volunteers and staff have stepped-up to meet this crisis on our behalf, it’s a good time to recognize some of them and express our gratitude! Continue reading

What’s happening in JLC! 3rd – 7th grade

A word from Morah Marita, the 3rd-7th grade teacher:

We are off to a wonderful start in JLC this year! For our older students, last year was a leisurely journey after wisdom. This year is a voracious search. Our students explore Torah, Holidays, Prayer and History. Students have experimented with different projects and settled in as their intellectual curiosity is sparked.

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JLC Torah Project

JLC Torah project 2016This year has been an unhurried search for wisdom. Each week we read the parashah directly from Etz Chayim and illustrated one aspect of the chapter. Our students feel that Etz Chayim is a beloved friend. They know how to reference the table of contents and check it against the Hebrew calendar to find the current chapter.

We began by counting the chapters in Etz Chayim and organizing the canvass into corresponding boxes of equal size for illustrations. Very quickly, we realized that different students were inspired by different aspects of the reading – some illustrated a visual aspect of the story, others were inspired by a word in Ivrit that jumped out at them, others responded to a color. One student observed that our planned grid would be out of sync because we found at least three visualizations in each chapter. We followed the path as it appeared before us and went with the flow. Some of our illustration boxes became different sizes.

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