Yom Rishon, 13 Sivan 5778
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Women who have found Community at 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.



Traditional and Innovative

MRT Congregants and guests worship in a variety of ways and locations. In the sanctuary, on the beach, outside in our Memorial Garden, among others.

Welcoming Community

Welcoming Community

Spend Time Together

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!

Our Youth

Our Youth

Is Where It All Begins

MRT Youth were strong participants and contributors to Family Promise's annual Cardboard City event.

Our School

Our School

Even the Youngest Help!

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.

Men's Club

Men's Club

Community, Camaraderie, and Accomplishment

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.

Welcome to Our Synagogue!

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. 

Worship With Us!

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!

Socialize with Us!

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.

Learn With Us!

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.

Special Note

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.

MRT's Secret Santas Deliver Gifts!

ChristmasGifts 2017Christmas was a little brighter for families in need in Monmouth County, thanks to MRT’s annual Christmas gift delivery, led by temple member Cheryl Gaudette. Santa and his Elf delivered MRT’s Christmas gifts to 10 families from the Family Resource Associates, Shrewsbury, as seen in the above photo.

Two families and 75 adults from the Center at Asbury Park also received delivery of beautifully wrapped presents. A total of 85 MRT congregants contributed to this effort, including those who donated gift cards or cash for the purchases of clothing and toys. Karen Seligman and Rena Szitanko coordinated the 45 gifts from the religious school families. In addition, the MRT Religious School and Religious Education Committee collected more than 700 books for the Bridge of Books program providing books to children who do not have access to them. Every year, MRT partners with St. Mary’s Church, Colts Neck, to do the gift drive in December.

“At FRA, we used to only be able to sponsor a smaller number of families, with MRT helping so much and with so many in need, and extra money and toy donations, we could expand our efforts this year,” said Gaudette. “We have so many generous and giving people in our MRT community.”

Much thanks to EVERYONE who made this Christmas special for these families!


Mark Kroen, Men's Club President

KroenMark, tell me about your family. Rosanne and I have a blended family of 5 children and are thrilled to be celebrating Adam’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah with our family, friends and Temple family.

Where were you born and where did you attend school? I was born in Jersey City in Margaret Hague Hospital , grew up and attended public schools in North Bergen NJ and gradated from East Brunswick High School. I attended University of Dayton, Ohio and graduated with a dual major in Bio-engineering and Chemistry and received my MBA from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

What is your profession? I started my company in February, 2015, called Office BIZ, which is a distributor of office products, print and promotional.

That’s a long way from bio-engineering and chemistry. My professional career started as Sales Engineer selling chemical process equipment, and then selling high tech sterilization and depyrogenation equipment to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical research facilities. I moved on selling equipment to the power industry when Enron forced me to make a serious career change. That got me involved with office products.

What’s fun about being President of Men’s Club? I wouldn’t call it fun yet, as I am still finding my way as to the real role of the Men’s Club within MRT. I am associated with a terrific group of men who lend constant support so we can fulfill the needs and worthy causes in which MRT is involved . I do enjoy the challenge the Men’s Club offers. Personally, I feel I have found an extended family, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the male bonding that has come from the experience so far, and just being associated with MRT has allowed Rosanne and me to make new friends.

What books have you read lately? I mostly read periodicals rather than books, such as National Geographic and Cooking magazines or anything that might grab my interest. I enjoy knowledge I gain from reading such material.

Do you cook? Yes. I do most of the cooking at home and like experimenting with food and introducing new tastes to my family. My favorite recipe is a French Leg of Lamb but nobody likes it so I haven’t had the need to make it. One food I have introduced and was received quite well is Oxtail Stew. Almost everyone in the family seems to enjoy it. It is delicious!

What was the most fun you had as a kid? Playing outdoor sports with friends and just being outdoors. Kids don’t do that anymore. Though we didn’t belong to a Temple, I played on the Temple youth basketball team and was pretty good.

What did you hate most about school? I needed to transfer to East Brunswick High School in my Junior year and I was bullied the first few weeks until I stood up to the individuals. Gaining acceptance in a new environment was difficult and I was miserable. I buried myself in studies and did quite well. I really don’t condone fighting. I find it unpleasant, but sometimes you have to stand your ground and fight for your rights. I tell the younger boys at home that they should let no one bully them and that it is often just a matter of standing up to the bully. My high school experience is one reason why we are members of MRT. Both Rosanne and I feel that MRT fosters an incredibly embracing and welcoming atmosphere where one can assimilate quite readily into a new community.

Who was the greatest influence in your life? My mother.

If you could invite 3 famous people for dinner who would they be? Moses, Jesus and Abraham Lincoln.

What would you serve? Kosher oxtail stew.

Would you like to add anything else? I love my wife and my blended family and my extended Jewish family.

Thank you, Mark!

By Eleanor Rubin


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Join Us for Justice Weekend 2018, January 12-14, to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Click here for the exciting details. Last year for Justice Weekend 2017, our MRT clergy and congregants celebrated the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel at a Justice Shabbat Service. Diem Jones spoke about our Dreams in relation to Dr. King's famous speech. The service also featured Pastor Terrence Porter of Pilgrim Baptist Church and Dr. Ali Chaudry, as well as the MRT Choir.

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