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Our Youth

Our Youth

Is Where It All Begins

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



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.

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.

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!



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.

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!


Jay Wiesenfeld, Immediate Past President

Wiesenfeld“It is an honor and a privilege to serve Monmouth Reform Temple.” This was Jay Weisenfeld’s closing sentence during our interview but it truly sums up his passion and commitment to MRT. He is proud to be part of MRT which he believes has a strong sense of community.

Recently retired from the telecom industry, Jay spent his first year of retirement completing his term as the President of MRT’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife Kay joined the Temple in 1992 when his eldest son David was in fourth grade. Jay quickly volunteered to assist with Temple programs, serving as the Chair of the Youth Committee.

Jay was asked to join MRT’s board—twice. During Jay’s first tenure on the board, he served as Chair of Youth and Religious Education. When returning for a second term, Jay served as the Chair of Adult Religious Education as well as a Vice President and was elected as President serving in this capacity for two years.

I asked Jay for his thoughts about what it takes to serve on the board and his impression of fellow trustees. Jay remarked that once he rolled up his shirt sleeves, ready to dig in he was surprised at the level of work involved and moreover, impressed by the dedication of the other trustees. He observed that the MRT board is a “good working board with people who respect and support one another”. Jay’s proudest accomplishment as Board President was guiding the Temple through changes, recently assisting with the search and hiring of Rabbi Kline.

Jay has long had the spirit of volunteering, becoming a soccer coach for his sons’ teams although he confesses he had never played the game before becoming a coach. But he quickly learned the rules and strategies with help from the assistant coach who hailed from Scotland, and to this day is an ardent fan of soccer matches. Jay has also lent his volunteer spirit to the Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts and with the Optical Society.

A Harvard grad with a degree in chemistry and physics, Jay is a constant learner, completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at Berkeley and doing post-doctoral work at Bell Labs. Now with more time available, he is contemplating studying economics—a subject he did not delve into in undergraduate or graduate school. He is also passionate about history—usually the topic of choice for recreational reading materials. Jay recently finished reading “In the Heart of the Sea” and has had a fascination with Cape Horn from childhood and recent books. He is combining his love of history with an interest in travel and is looking forward to an upcoming cruise around Cape Horn visiting Chile and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As our interview was drawing to a close, I asked Jay if he could have dinner with anyone who would be his dinner companion. After a few moments of contemplation, Jay responded that he would like to have dinner with his father who passed away 20 years ago—he would “love to compare notes”.

Jay and his wife Kay live in Lincroft and enjoy spending time with their adult sons--Eric who currently lives in Northern California, and David who is residing in London with his wife and 16 month old son.

By Kerry Krachman

Upcoming Events


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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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