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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.

Worship

Worship

Traditional and Innovative

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!

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

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.

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.

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.

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.


Eleanor Rubin, Adult Education Trustee

Rubin

Eleanor Rubin is in a unique position among MRT congregants because she is the chair of two different committees – Adult Education and Israel. In seeing first-hand Eleanor’s active involvement in these two positions, I was eager to learn more about her life and previous involvements.

Eleanor initially became interested in MRT by attending the Arts Festival. MRT’s welcoming environment, the ambassador program, our clergy, and programs offered all contributed to Eleanor becoming a member in 2011.

Eleanor was an elementary school teacher in Livingston, NJ for several years. Wanting to become more involved in Jewish areas and activities, she received a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University in Judeo-Christian studies. Her thesis research was to examine different religious communities’ responses to the needs of the elderly. Her finding was that the Jewish community was far ahead of other religions in providing eldercare, and since then this has been her focus.

In the mid-1980’s Eleanor helped start the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. These managers assure that their elderly clients and families properly receive the medical, legal, social, safety and home care services needed for a better quality of life.

Eleanor’s proudest accomplishment was being the local chair of the National Council of Jewish Women. The primary goals of this organization are social justice and concern for the safeguarding of rights and liberties for women, children and families.

Eleanor feels her most interesting achievement was serving as president of the Jewish Federation of Central NJ in the early 2000’s. After the Federation received an $18 million endowment, Eleanor and her staff helped steer much of that funding to businesses in the developing Negev region of Israel, where obtaining standard loans was quite difficult. And, during her time as president, she also greatly increased home and hospital visitations provided by the Federation.

Eleanor’s goals as committee chair are the following:

  • Adult Ed - to provide a variety of interesting and educational events for congregants and members of the community of all ages – through discussion, film, lectures, music - and to include more morning and afternoon programs so that those who prefer daytime programs can find it easier to attend.
  • Israel - to provide reliable and knowledgeable information to congregants about both the successes and challenges of daily life in Israel. Eleanor is able to provide personal insights as her son and daughter-in-law have lived in Israel for 30 years, along with 5 of her 9 grandchildren and both her great-grandchildren.

I am very glad for two things – that I got to learn much more about Eleanor Rubin and that she is a talented and valuable member of our MRT family.

 By Harry Hillson

Upcoming Events


 

Justice Weekend 2017: Celebrating Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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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