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Welcome to Congregation Shomrei Emunah! We are a vibrant, egalitarian, participatory synagogue serving the Jewish community of Montclair, N.J., and our surrounding towns. We are proud of the community we have built and that we continue to build, and we invite you to learn more about us.
Founded in 1905, Shomrei Emunah continues to embrace Jewish traditions even as we seek new ways of experiencing Judaism and engaging with the world. Our active membership includes people of all ages, just as our beautiful building seamlessly integrates the old and the new. Our excellent preschool and religious school have made us a magnet for young families. We offer a broad array of religious, educational, and social programs to meet the needs of a diverse membership, and opportunities abound for getting involved.
At Shomrei we take seriously the needs of the spirit and the soul, as well as of the intellect. We sing with ruach, and we treasure quiet moments of beauty. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi David Greenstein, teaches through discussion and offers pearls of reflection and provocation interspersed with the reading of each week’s parsha. Members take turns chanting from the Torah and leading services. And, of course, we love breaking bread together, whether at our “Taste of Shabbat” pot-luck dinners at members’ homes, or our generous Shabbat kiddush lunches.
We also take seriously our obligation to repair the world. With initiatives to house the homeless, serve the needy, and protect the planet, we view tikkun olam as an integral part of Jewish life. And we embrace the opportunity to take care of each other, coming together to support members through difficult times just as we do to celebrate occasions of joy.
I feel privileged to belong to this beautiful family of friends. If you are thinking of joining a Jewish congregation, I invite you to visit us anytime and contact us for more information.