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Why Shomrei? Are you looking for a little Jewish in your life? Or a lot? Are you single? Single and content? Single and looking? Partnered? Are you recently married? Have you started a family?
Have you just realized that you need to move out of the city? Are you hankering for a little space, maybe a yard? (Have you seen the sizes of the houses around here?) Do you need to readjust the work-life balance? Have you recently retired?
Are your kids hitting school or preschool age – and Hebrew school age? Bar mitzvah age? Are they asking you questions about G-d? (Good luck with that.) Do you find that your grip on the answers to their questions is getting a little slippery?
Have your kids recently flown the nest? Not so recently? Do you find yourself missing the rhythms and companionship and melodies of the synagogue of your youth? Do you want to get more in touch with your roots? With Israel? With yiddishkeit? With yoga? (No joke.)
Do you need a little more connection? Some support? Do you want to make a difference – in any of a thousand ways? Do you want to help others? To improve yourself – mind, body, and soul? Do you like the idea of being an important part of a group as it grows and evolves in noticeable, exciting new ways?
Do you want to be inspired? By a rabbi? By your friends? Do you want to make some new, really inspiring friends? Would you like to get to know a really inspiring rabbi? Do you have some ideas of your own about what it means to be Jewish? Would you like to try putting them into practice?
Do big, crowded shuls overwhelm you or leave you a little cold? Do smaller, homey shuls, where everybody knows your name, and you can hear your own voice amid the singing, make you feel cozy and embraced? Do you want to meet people like you? Do you want to meet people who are nothing like you?
Are you a leader? A follower? A gladhander? A wallflower? A good cook? A big nosher? Do you like to be able to count on a good Kiddush any and every Shabbos? (Us, too.)
Are you more observant than most of the Jews you know? Not frum at all? Are you learned? Still learning? More of an advanced-beginner kind of learner? Do you like to come to shul to talk to your friends more than daven? Do you appreciate it when you mess up a prayer, or lose your place, and the person next to you offers you the help you need, with an I’ve-been-there smile? Do you mind when someone answers your question with another question? Or with a lot of questions? (Sorry.)
You get the idea.
Sure, we pray together. We study together, eat together, rejoice together, and grieve together, too. But we also split off into countless smaller groups, as numerous as our ideas and opinions, imaginations and inclinations. Shomrei Emunah, as much as anything else, is a community of communities. For us, it isn’t just about meeting the needs we know of, it’s about meeting the needs we haven’t yet discovered. It’s about the woman who never saw herself as a leader until she found her voice and confidence on a shul committee. It’s about the person who, inspired by a friend’s example, learned to read from the Torah. It’s about the wisdom each of us picks up along the way, that we didn’t know we were looking for, but that makes our lives richer.
Membership makes all of this possible. We’re big enough to have a whole lot going on (just come by any Saturday morning and count the different services under way) and small enough that anyone getting involved has a very good opportunity to make things markedly better.
We’re strong enough to have been around for more than a century – and tender enough to need new members to help bolster our ranks, and the talents and participation of our dedicated regulars to keep things humming.
And we’re relaxed and accepting: You don’t have to dress up for services. You only have to be yourself.
But don’t take our word for it. Come check us out.
Shomrei Emunah. Come grow with us.