MRT Congregants and guests worship in a variety of ways and locations. In the sanctuary, on the beach, and in the Social Hall at our special visual "Seeds of Spirituality" services!
Children from our K-3 classes collected close to 500 books for the Bridge of Books Foundation! Lessons in generosity such as this, along with many other enriching projects, combine to provide our students with a rich learning climate that marks the beginning of their Jewish identity.
Each year, on the first Sunday morning after Yom Kippur, the MRT Men's Club builds the Sukkah (and takes it down two weeks later). As long as there is coffee and donuts, there is always great energy and joy in accomplishing this Mitzvah for MRT.
A Sisterhood Bookclub outing at a boat club - what a refreshing idea! These women along with other Sisterhood members participate in a variety of social, service, and fund-raising activities, deepening their connections to one another and to Judaism.
As a close-knit community, MRT Congregants and guests share enjoyable times together even outside the synagogue walls, such as a Shabbat service on the beach!
MRT Youth were strong participants and contributors to Family Promise's annual Cardboard City event.
|For 27 years (Rabbinical School and post Ordination) I have finished the Holy Days and then finished Sukkot ...and then relaxed. The "new year" was over and I could sit back and relax.
This week, we finished the holy days, observed the holiday Memorial (Yizkor) service, and now ... I am experiencing something brand new. This year, there is no let down. There is no sense of exhaustion and relief. This year, as we celebrated the renewal of creation, my first grandson joined the world. As we begin reading the creation story over again, I am living it in a whole new way. The holy days are not over; holding my new grandson, they are just beginning.
SO if we look at the Torah text this week, we witness the beginning. The text really does NOT say that this is the beginning of all ... everything, only the beginning of this story and the way in which it renews every year. This week we read the first set of 10 Commands in the Torah. Appropriately, they are the commands of creation. 10 times, God speaks something into being in the first chapter of Genesis. In turn, in the morning liturgy, we recite this Biblical precept early in the worship service.
I ask students why this prayer is not only a part of the liturgy, but also, why it would appear so early in the service. Torah teaches that God creates with speech. Torah also tells us that God created us in the image of divinity. We create with speech. Every time we open our mouths, we create harmony or discord; affection or disillusion; joy or despair. Over the course of this political season, we, mostly unfortunately, bear witness to this truth. The tone of the election rhetoric pits us against each other, and causes us to distance ourselves from one another.
All of this alienation exists because of the power of speech. We have the opportunity to change the course of discourse and turn back the tide of hate. The first words of Torah teach us that God brought forth light out of chaos. We, too have the power to bring forth light from this chaos, and as I look at my grandson, I believe we have an obligation to do so. The late Elie Wiesel said that the only thing worse than hate was apathy in the face of hate. We can sit by and dismiss the ugliness and let it proliferate ... or we can honor our responsibility to the next generations by speaking the words that create peace. Shabbat Shalom.
We are an open and inviting congregation for anyone seeking to connect to Jewish community, tradition, study and worship. Our members come from all parts of Monmouth County. Click here to view this wonderful video to see what we are all about. We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and combine contemporary values with classical teachings of Torah. We are eager to connect with you so please do not hesitate to contact us at 732-747-9365 if you cannot immediately find what you need on this website. Click here for our membership page.
Every Friday night is special at Monmouth Reform Temple. Our services, led by Rabbi Marc Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold, are spiritually uplifting and filled with joyful music. And for worshiping at home, we have prepared a wonderful Holiday Handbook! And now, you can enjoy Live Streaming of our services!
Our Men's Club and Sisterhood provide many opportunities to meet with other congregants. Sisterhood-sponsored events provide something for everyone. There are monthly book clubs and speakers, Supper in the Sukkah, the Purim Party, as well as the wonderful Apple Cake & Honey and Sh'lach Manot fundraisers. The Men's Club meets monthly followed by a friendly game of poker. They excel in the kitchen serving up a great "Tail-gate Party" at the Monday night Minyan and Football or serving a gourmet Home-cooked Breakfast on Mother's Day.
The MRT Religious School begins with Kindergarten. Grades K-3 meet on Sundays from 9:30am-12pm. Grades 4-7 meet on Sundays and Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. We are proud of our High School program! Mitzvah Academy for 8th and 9th graders with our Cantor, meets Sunday mornings from 9:30am - 12noon. Confirmation meets with the Rabbi on Sunday mornings from 10:30am - 12noon.
Our enriching Adult Jewish Learning program provides various forums for learning. The annual Shabbat Kallah/Scholar-in-Residence weekend always features a timely topic by a celebrated lecturer. More informal yet very popular Tuesday morning Study Group with the Rabbi is currently in session.
There are members of our Congregation who are very sensitive to scents. MRT strives to provide a “Scent Free” environment in our building. The MRT community asks that you avoid wearing scents of any kind when coming to our facility and we ask you to tell your guests who visit with us. Thank you for being our partner in creating a "Scent-Free" environment.