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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.



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.

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 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.

Our Youth

Our Youth

Is Where It All Begins

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

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!


Bob St. Lifer, Financial Secretary

StLiferBob St Lifer was born and raised in Hillside NJ. His family was very active in their synagogue, but all the Jewish families in Hillside and Elizabeth worked together regardless of the temple or synagogue they were affiliated with. As a child Bob remembered that people would gather at people's homes a few times a year to do community fundraisers. Everyone would call out what they could give. Wealthy people could give much more then others, but every time someone made a pledge, it was greeted with thanks and enthusiasm. Every one's pledge was honored and appreciated, no matter how great or small. People used to bid to get a High Holy Day Aliyah, but whomever would win would say, "but please tell the Rabbi to give my aliyah to the person who deserves the honor, my bid serves as a donation."

As soon as they moved to Colts Neck they joined MRT and the Jewish Federation. He believes it is important to support the Jewish community.

All of Bob's friends were going to Rutgers and American University, but he wanted to do something different. He was advised to go to University of Pittsburgh. It was a great choice because it was there that he met Susan. After college Bob went onto Law School at Pepperdine in Malibu, California. He passed the NJ bar but chose to join his father in the men's clothing business. Bob worked at the store which moved to Toms River at the Ocean County Mall. Susan and Bob moved to Colts Neck to be closer to the store, but not so far from family. Susan works as a special ed teacher in Eatontown. They had Lily and then the twins, Sam and Emily. Lily is a Pre school teacher in New Brunswick, Sam is married to Annie and they live in San Diego; he is finishing up his MA and works for a military contractor. Emily works in LA at a synagogue called Temple Beth Am and she loves it there.

When they moved to Colts Neck, MRT became a very important part of their lives, all their children went to religious school, became B'nai Mitzvah, and went through Confirmation. Both Bob and Susan remain active in the synagogue. They attend Friday night services regularly. Bob attends Saturday AM study every week and goes all over to take Jewish studies courses at Rutgers and other synagogues in our vicinity. Bob also belongs to Freehold Jewish Center and attends the morning minyan every day since he retired.

Bob has been part of two Rabbinic search committees at MRT and financial secretary for the past 6 years. For fun he plays tennis and golf and cards a few times a week. Bob has a sister Lois and her daughter is our Religious School Principal-Stephanie Fields. Bob's first cousin Bill and his wife Joanne also belong to MRT. As if all that isn’t enough Bob also volunteers for kosher meals on wheels and at Federation where he has held every Board position.

Quite simply, Bob loves MRT and says it is like his family. We are all connected and need one another, for Bob and Susan, it is all about "community".

By Cantor Gabrielle Clissold

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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