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SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Mitzvah Day Planning Meeting June 6th

Join the planning team for the 2018 Mitzvah Day program. Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 PM in the MRT Library!


MRT Social Action: Repairing the World in So Many Ways!

Click here for a list of ways you and your family can participate!


Diapers generously donated from MRT members were delivered to the Jersey Shore Dream Center for families in need. Pictured: Jill Austin, Ilana Gaudette and Cheryl Gaudette.


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MRT member Dean Ross has lead a group of people to install bike lights for local residents who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them. Most recently the group, which includes congregants from St. Anthony's Church in Red Bank, installed more than 120 lights to ensure the safety of local residents on the road at night. The Shine A Light Program started last year and continues to grow with enthusiasm and support. Kudos to Dean and the others!



Children at the Jersey Shore Medical Center NICU received knitted items from Monmouth Reform Temple's Knitting Club. Knitted caps and blankets were brought to Courtney Russamano, who coordinates parent support programs at the Neonatal intensive care unit and is also a family coordinator through March of Dimes at other hospitals with NICU units. Little Victoria on the right was a 25 week (one pound) preemie with multiple health challenges who is a true miracle at almost two. Her sister Elizabeth is on the left. The Knitting Club was started by MRT member Lynn Shapiro on Mitzvah Day last May and continues throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Jersey Shore Medical Center NICU.)

Ongoing Programs at MRT (partial list)

Program Description Contact
The Center in Asbury Park Provide support via High Holy Days food drive, preparing and serving meals for residents.

Cheryl Gaudette


Lunch Break Provide support by periodically donating food and meals.  
Assisted Living Provide monthly Shabbat Services and collections from High Holy Day Food drive

Judy Raybon


Gan Mazon Garden of Plenty! MRT’s organic vegetable garden, food donated to Lunch Break.

David Levinsky


Habitat for Humanity Labor and support to renovate affordable housing.  
Family Promise of Monmouth County Member of support network of faith-based congregations providing temporary housing for homeless families.

Kay Wiesenfeld


Central Jersey Blood Bank Several annual blood dirves

Dean Ross


Monmouth County Park System Trail maintenance for Henry Hudson Trail and other parks

Mark Gruensfelder


Shine-a-Light Initiated partnership with St. Anthony’s to provide and ensure bicycles in Red Bank and other areas have lights.

Dean Ross


Mitzvah Day Annual MRT social action day

Kerry Krachman



Other Examples of MRT Repairing the World

• Social Action Network - creating a thread throughout MRT

• Social Action Shabbat - yearly
• Community Kitchens - Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter
• Dinner at The Center in Asbury Park   monthly  2nd Saturday
• Assisted Living Shabbat services - monthly   
Chelsea, Tinton Falls  3:30 1st Friday
Kensington, Tinton Falls  10:30  2nd Friday
Brighton Gardens, Middletown  2:00  4th Friday
• Monthly tzedakah collection
• Monthly food collection for Lunch Break
• Green Team
• Family Promise
• B'nai Mitzvah Projects
• Mitzvah Day
• High Holiday Food Drive
• AJWS Equal Exchange Coffee and Tea Fair 
• Crop Walk
• Gan Mazon 
• Tuesday Lunch Break food distribution 4:00-6:00
• Advocacy work – local, national and global.

Food Collections for Lunch Break in Red Bank

July Coffee
August Jelly
September Canned Beans (kedney, cannellini, etc.)
October Stuffing
November Gravy
December Fruit Cocktail
January Tea Bags
February Hot Chocolate Mix
March Macaroni and Cheese
April Powder Drink Mixes (tang, lemondade, iced-tea, etc.)
May Baked Beans
June Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo

Fair Trade and MRT

American Jewish World Service Fair Trade Project: Better Beans

Many voices in the Jewish tradition tell us that when we buy and sell goods, we must treat our partners fairly and honestly. We are forbidden to deceive or cheat merchants, customers, or producers in any way. In our globalized economy, we Jews must engage both our hearts and our minds when we shop for goods, so that our ethical consumption enables a harmonious and thriving global society. Better Beans is a partnership between American Jewish World Service and Equal Exchange that allows our congregations, community organizations, and individuals to buy top-quality coffee beans and chocolate while supporting the efforts of small growers and co-operatives in the developing world. 
These farmers often struggle to compete in a global production and distribution system that favors larger growers and multinational corporations. To stay in business and feed their families, small and medium-scale farmers must receive fair prices for their crops and affordable credit; they must engage in long- term trade relationships with partners whom they can trust. Equal Exchange and its affiliate programs, such as Better Beans, exist to create a global market for these farmers and to provide them with access to the financial resources and assistance that they need to operate without being exploited. In addition to supporting small farmer co-ops, a portion of every pound of coffee or chocolate purchased through Better Beans will go to support AJWS’s  Fighting Hunger from the Ground Up campaign.

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